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Arizona football player power rankings (week three)

Larry Hogan / Arizona Daily Wildcat

Every week, Arizona Daily Wildcat football beat reporters Zack Rosenblatt, Cameron Moon and Kyle Johnson will vote on the top 10 players on Arizona’s roster. The rankings will take into account the full-season performance, with fluctuations based on week-to-week statistics.

1. Matt Scott, quarterback

Last week: 30-for-36, 288 yards, 3 touchdowns, 9 carries, 61 rushing yards, 1 touchdown

Season totals: 995 yards, 7 touchdowns, 1 interception, 71.5% completions, 190 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns

Business as usual for Scott against South Carolina State. At one point, he even completed 13 straight passes before making way for backup B.J. Denker in the 56-0 blowout.

2. Ka’Deem Carey, running back

Last week: 13 carries, 71 yards, 1 touchdown

Season totals: 344 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns, 6 receptions, 47 yards, 1 touchdown

In just one half of action, Carey was spectacular in gaining more than five yards per carry against the Bulldogs. The Wildcats need a big game from him against Oregon if they’re going to win.

3. Jake Fischer, linebacker

Last week: 6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Season totals: 33 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles

Fischer finally had some much needed rest after playing every defensive snap of the first two weeks. Arizona needs him to be well-rested, as he’ll be busy chasing down Ducks’ backs De’Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner on Saturday.

4. Austin Hill, receiver

Last week: 5 receptions, 56 yards

Season totals: 17 receptions, 319 yards, 1 touchdown

He was named to the Biletkinoff Award Watch List, which goes to the best receiver in the nation at the end of each season. ‘Nuff said.

5 (tie). Jonathan McKnight, cornerback

Last week: 2 tackles, 1 interception

Season totals: 9 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 2 pass deflections

McKnight recorded an interception for the second straight game, although the one against South Carolina State had less of an impact than the one against Oklahoma State.

5 (tie). Jared Tevis, safety

Last week: 5 tackles

Season totals: 26 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 pass deflections

Tevis, like Fischer, had his first rest of the season against SCSU. Oregon will be the first true test as to whether Tevis is as good of a player as he’s shown thus far.

7. Kyle Quinn, center

Season totals: 3 games played

Holes have been opening up in the middle all season long for running back Ka’Deem Carey, and when Quinn was in the game on Saturday that was the case again.

8. Marquis Flowers, linebacker

Last week: 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Season totals: 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 pass deflections

Flowers continues to act as the Wildcats best pass rusher, which is strange coming from a former safety. Still, so far so good for the converted defensive back.

9. Dan Buckner, receiver

Last week: 6 receptions, 85 yards, 1 touchdown

Season totals: 22 receptions, 261 yards, 1 touchdown

Buckner put his first points on the board against the Bulldogs, but he has been the Wildcats’ most consistent performer outside of Hill at receiver and Scott often looks his way.

10. John Bonano, kicker

Last week: 0-for-1 field goals, 8-of-8 PAT

Season totals: 4-for-7 field goals, 17/17 PAT, long of 46 yards

He didn’t really get much action on Saturday, although he did miss another field goal from within 30 yards. His consistency on extra points, though, is much appreciated and he’s been solid on kickoffs.

*Honorable mentions: linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson, guard Trace Biskin, safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant

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