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Arizona vs. Utah: Wildcats Defense Has Been Horrible; Will It Change Saturday?

To say the Arizona Wildcats' defensive unit has been bad in 2011 would be a huge understatement. Three of Arizona's first six conference opponents have produced the league's offensive player of the week. And it wasn't like those winners just had a nice game; they set school and personal records against the UA defense.

With household name players such as LaMichael James, Stepfan Taylor and Chris Polk gashing the Wildcats on the ground, will it be Utah's John White who has the record-breaking performance on Saturday?

Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen has the story:

He is the nation's 15th-leading rusher, averaging 114.38 yards per game. He has rushed for at least 150 yards in half of Utah's eight games.

"Very quick. Can get to the perimeter very, very fast," Arizona interim coach Tim Kish said.

"They have a big, thick fullback in there (253-pound Shawn Asiata) who does a great job of blocking for him."

Simply put, if Arizona allows White to run all over them, it's going to be a long day in Tucson. The team failed to wrap up on tackles against Washington and UA fans saw what happened. Expect a similar result this weekend if the Wildcats are unable to get a strong push from their front-seven.

For more on the Wildcats, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.