ARIZONA FOOTBALL

Reappearing act?

Foles' return at QB should put Douglas back on stat sheet
2010-11-03T00:05:00Z 2012-11-30T19:23:20Z Reappearing act?Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
November 03, 2010 12:05 am  • 

Nick Foles and David Douglas spent their last two Sundays napping, hanging out and watching the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys on television.

Though they won't admit it, the Arizona Wildcats teammates and roommates probably did some venting, too.

Foles, Arizona's starting quarterback, missed the UA's wins over Washington and UCLA while recovering from a dislocated right kneecap.

Douglas practically disappeared with him.

The UA's junior wide receiver didn't catch a pass from Matt Scott during the quarterback's 11-quarter stint as Foles' replacement. Scott took over in the second quarter of the UA's Oct. 16 win over Washington State and completed 56 passes for 691 yards in wins over the Cougars, Huskies and Bruins.

None went to Douglas, the UA's sure-handed junior.

"It's just kind of how it goes," Douglas said. "The last game, I had balls thrown my way. I had one I dropped on the sidelines. That's how it is in this offense. We have lots of different receivers that can make plays."

Douglas' drought could end Saturday when the 13th-ranked Wildcats take on No. 10 Stanford in a game that will eliminate the loser from Rose Bowl contention.

Here are three reasons why:

1. Foles is back. Foles is expected to start Saturday against the Cardinal, good news for his favorite target.

Douglas caught 26 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns from Foles before the quarterback was hurt. The roommates' skill sets complement each other perfectly: The 6-foot-1-inch, 198-pound Douglas is one of the UA's most dangerous downfield threats. Foles specializes in the fade route, a high-arcing lob pass to his outside receivers. It's no surprise that Arizona's two starting outside receivers, Juron Criner and Douglas, were his favorite targets.

Douglas and Foles trust each other explicitly, in part because of their off-field closeness. Douglas calls Foles his "best bud."

"Chemistry definitely goes a long way between receivers and quarterbacks," he said. "Quarterbacks have to trust their receivers, just like we have to trust the quarterbacks."

2. Douglas wears out Stanford. The Wildcats' receiver couldn't have picked a better team to play this week, even though the Cardinal ranks third in the conference in pass defense. Douglas torched Stanford a year ago, putting up career highs in catches (seven), yards (92) and touchdowns (two) on the way to a 43-28 Wildcats win. Douglas also had a 42-yard catch, his career-longest, in that game.

It's not unusual to see certain types of receivers excel against different defenses, outside receivers coach David Nichol said.

"Certain games and defenses call for a certain position - not so much a player as whoever's in that role," he said. "Different defenses call for different positions to step up. Whoever's playing a certain position that week might get a few more."

3. He has the right attitude. Douglas understands that a cold streak is the byproduct of a handful of factors, teammate David Roberts said.

"It's not like running back, when you have your carries lined up," he said. "Different defenses let different holes come open. Sometimes, other guys are in a rhythm. So many things go into whether you catch a lot of balls as a receiver.

"David Douglas is having a tough time. It (stinks) when you're in a drought, but it's not like he's unhappy."

In fact, Douglas said he's practically giddy. The Cats' receiver - and his well-known roommate, for that matter - said their teammates' success motivates them to play better.

"We couldn't be any happier for our team. We're in a great position," Douglas said. "You can have 10 catches or zero catches; as long as you win the games, you're excited."

their favorite guys

Quarterbacks Nick Foles and Matt Scott targeted different receivers during their time under center. Here's a look at each quarterback's favorite receivers, - and their stats:

Nick Foles' faves:

Player (Catches-Yards, TDs)

1. Juron Criner (32-537, 5 TDs)

2. David Douglas (26-240, 2 TDs)

3. Keola Antolin (18-157)

4. Bug Wright (17-192, 2 TDs)

5. Nicolas Grigsby (14-108, TD)

Matt Scott's faves

Player (Catches-Yards, TDs)

1. Juron Criner (17-249, 2 TDs)

2. David Roberts (13-163, TD)

3. Bug Wright (8-102)

4. Travis Cobb (8-63)

5(t). Taimi Tutogi (3-48)

Terrence Miller (3-25)

Keola Antolin (3-21, TD)

On StarNet: Watch Mike Stoops, assistant coach Greg Brown and center Colin Baxter talk about the Stanford game at go.azstarnet.com/finley

Up next

• What: Arizona at Stanford

• When: 5 p.m. Saturday

• TV: Channel 9

• Radio: 1290-AM, 107.5-FM

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