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Arizona Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin won't meet with the media during the off week, but he did hold his first radio show of the season Monday night.

Sumlin talked about Arizona's season-opening 48-35 loss at Hawaii on the hour-long show with host Brian Jeffries on WildcatsRadio 1290-AM. Here is a sampling of what the coach said:


Sumlin said Arizona used only six offensive linemen -- left tackle Donovan Laie, left guard Robert Congel, center Josh McCauley, right guard Cody Creason and a pair of right tackles, Edgar Burrola and Paiton Fears.

Burrola and Fears each played 37 snaps, Sumlin said.

"The right tackle rotation worked out well," he added.


The junior cornerback left the game and was seen on the telecast heading to the locker room. Sumlin said Monday that Burns suffered a concussion. Burns picked off a pass early in the game.

Arizona, in part, turned to true freshman Bobby Wolfe, who "I thought did very, very well," Sumlin said.


Redshirt freshman Jamarye Joiner, a converted QB, had a team-high 72 yards on four receptions. Junior college transfer Tayvian Cunningham caught four passes for 65 yards. Sophomore Stanley Berryhill III made three catches for 92 yards. Sophomore Drew Dixon had a pair of catches. Sumlin also mentioned he liked what he saw from redshirt freshman Tre Adams.

"Some of these young receivers that we were worried about and would have jitters early ... got better during the game," Sumlin said. "We just need to start faster with those guys."

Joiner bobbled a couple of catches early in the game -- but he did make those catches and flashed the athleticism that led to the offseason position change. All four of his receptions moved the chains, and he had two third-down receptions.

"He made some big catches for us," Sumlin said.

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"After spring football, he kind of knew where he was on the (QB) depth chart, and he wanted to play. He's only going to get better. He's got size; he's got athleticism; he can run."

Look here on the site later in the week for more on Cunningham...


The senior, who took a redshirt last season because of injury, intercepted two passes. Sumlin, as the coaches did during camp, praised Whittaker's leadership.

"This guy, he's a coach on the field," Sumlin said. "He's played a lot of meaningful minutes and I think you saw him bring his presence in the opening drive."

That's when he picked off the Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald at the Arizona 29.

"He's playing defense on one route and he's got that covered; ball goes in the air and he leaves that and runs and just lays out for an interception. You know, he studies a lot of tape. Some guys, you say, 'He has a nose for the ball,' but that takes work. He has the physical tools, but mentally, he's so far ahead.

"Sometimes, when guys get injured or struggle for a year, they get in a bad place or they shut down. This guy just kept working at it, watching tape. And we took him on some (road trips) just because he was talking to players in a positive way but also in a tactical way."


One of the most confounding stretches occurred in the fourth quarter after Arizona lined up for a 38-yard field goal. The Wildcats then were flagged for a delay-of-game penalty and two false start penalties before taking a timeout -- which they could have used late in the game.

Lucas Havrisik came through by drilling a 53-yard attempt.

Sumlin explained the penalties by saying that Hawaii might have been simulating Arizona's snap count -- which is illegal if the officials believe the defense is doing it intentionally. Both false start penalties were on freshman lineman Jordan Morgan.

"Guys were running up to the front yelling certain things, and the young freshman was moving," Sumlin said. "That started everything, even with the delay of game. It was a little chaos out there.

"So we took a timeout and said, 'Hey, everyone settle down.' ... Guys were getting upset at the line of scrimmage because they knew what was going on and it wasn't getting called."