Arizona's Scott Finishes Collegiate Career w/ Bowl Win
News:Matt Scott completed 28-of-47 passes for 382 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed six times for 21 yards and a fourth score Saturday as Arizona edged out Nevada 49-48 in the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Analysis:Matt Scott started off Saturday's game slow, but nevertheless ended his collegiate career with a bang, leading the Wildcats to two quick scores in the span of the contest's final 46 seconds to earn Arizona its eighth win of the year. Scott leaves Tucson having thrown for 3620 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2012.
Arizona's Scott Turns Ball Over Four Times in Loss to ASU
News:Matt Scott completed 19-of-39 passing for 230 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions and fumbled once Friday as Arizona fell to Arizona State 41-34 at home in Tucson.
Analysis: While Friday's showing was hardly an ideal close to his final contest in Tucson, Matt Scott finishes the 2012 regular season with 3238 passing yards, 485 rushing yards, 29 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Arizona's Scott Starts Slow at Utah, Tosses Game-Winning TD
News:Matt Scott completed 12-of-27 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown and took 13 carries for 74 additional yards and a second score Saturday as Arizona edged out Utah 34-24 on the road in Salt Lake City.
Analysis:Matt Scott was back under center Saturday after missing much of his last two games due to a concussion, and though started off slow against Utah, ended up tossing a game-winning touchdown pass to wideout Austin Hill with 11:07 left in the game. Regardless, consider the senior a shaky start at best next week against Arizona State, a team who currently ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 in pass defense.
News:Matt Scott (concussion) is likely to play against Utah Saturday, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis:Matt Scott did not play against Colorado last week after suffering a concussion two weeks ago against UCLA. Arizona has listed him as probable on the injury report and it would be a large boost to have their starting quarterback return to the field.
News: When asked Monday if he could make a statement on the status of his starting quarterback, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez simply shook his head and said, "I just made it," the Tucson Citizen reports.
Analysis:Matt Scott missed this past weekend's contest against Colorado due to a concussion and his status remains up in the air for this upcoming Saturday's contest against Utah. Arizona does not release updated information regarding injured players until Thursday, so, for now, fantasy owners can expect B.J. Denker will get the nod under center unless they hear otherwise. Given Scott's upside, however, it's certainly a situation worth monitoring as the week progresses.
News:Matt Scott (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against Colorado, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Analysis: B.J. Denker will start at quarterback as a result. It's not clear if Matt Scott will be able to return after this weekend.
News: Arizona is preparing as if B.J. Denker will start over Matt Scott (concussion), the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Analysis:Matt Scott suffered at least one concussion in the last two weeks, and the Wildcats luckily face a pushover Colorado squad this week. It's a big missed opportunity for Scott's owners, but keeping him inactive is the smart move.
News:Matt Scott suffered a concussion against UCLA on Saturday, the Arizona Daily Wildcat reports.
Analysis: Consider him highly questionable for this week's game against Colorado. Arizona probably would beat Colorado even with B.J. Denker starting in Matt Scott's place.
News:Matt Scott left Saturday's loss to UCLA in the third quarter with an apparent head injury, Fox Sports Arizona reports.
Analysis:Matt Scott was hit in the head by a defensive player's knee but was able to walk off the field. It's the second week in a row he's left with an apparent concussion. He dismissed talk he may have suffered a concussion in the previous week's game saying it was due to an illness, but that ailment could increase the chances he's sidelined a game or two with this possible concussion.
News:Matt Scott claims he did not suffer a concussion against USC on Saturday and will play against UCLA on Saturday, the Tucson Citizen reports.
Analysis:Matt Scott claims the nausea he suffered from Saturday was due to his unique propensity for vomiting rather than the hits he took in the game. Although most leagues presumably don't provide points for the number of vomits a player experiences in a game, Scott still makes for a very good option against UCLA this week.
News:Matt Scott (head) took part in Arizona's Sunday walk-through, and is expected to practice all week, the Arizona Daily Star reports. He said he expects to play this week. "I was feeling good then and I'm feeling good now," Scott said today.
Analysis:Matt Scott threw up after a helmet-to-helmet hit during last week's game and missed the final series, but he says it was due to the heat and not a concussion. It looks like he won't have to pass a concussion test to play this week.
Arizona's Scott Posts Another Big Day, But Leaves With Head Injury
News:Matt Scott completed 27-for-50 for 369 yards and three touchdowns while adding 15 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown in an upset of USC before leaving with an apparent head injury, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Analysis:Matt Scott had another excellent day, as the 100 yards rushing were a season-high for the dual-threat quarterback, who also eclipsed 300 passing yards in a game for the fifth time this season. Scott could have posted even better numbers had he avoided a big hit in the fourth quarter. After taking the hard contact, Scott was visibly stumbling back into the huddle and was later seen throwing up on the sidelines. He was removed from the game and will likely be more closely evaluated over the next few days.
Arizona's Scott Throws 4 TDs in Win Over Washington
News:Matt Scott completed 14-of-22 passing for 256 yards, four touchdowns and an interception and ran for a fifth score Saturday as Arizona trounced Washington 52-17 at home in Tucson.
Analysis: The junior continues a solid run of games since a terrible showing against Oregon on Sept. 22, throwing for 1150 yards and 10 touchdowns in contests against Oregon State, Stanford and the Huskies. The only downside - the four interceptions Matt Scott has thrown over that same period of time.
Arizona's Scott Sets School Records in Loss to Stanford
News:Matt Scott completed 45-of-69 passes for 491 yards, three touchdowns and one interception Saturday as Arizona fell to Stanford 54-48 in overtime on the road.
Analysis:Matt Scott's 45 completions and 69 pass attempts Saturday both set school records, but it was the senior's last throw - an interception in overtime - that ultimately cost Arizona the game and handed the Wildcats' their third-straight loss.
Arizona's Scott Outplayed by Oregon State's Sean Mannion
News:Matt Scott completed 31-of-53 passing for 403 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions Saturday as Arizona fell to Oregon State 38-35 at home in Tucson.
Analysis:Matt Scott fought through a sprained ankle in the second half of Saturday's game, yet finished with a career-high 403 yards passing. Unfortunately, that still wasn't good enough to outplay Oregon State's Sean Mannion, who also threw for a career-high with 433 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
News:Matt Scott completed 22-of-44 passes for 210 yards and was intercepted three times Saturday as Arizona was trounced by Oregon 49-0 on the road.
Analysis: It was a strange night for one of this year's most proficient passers in the Pac-12, with Matt Scott was not only being picked off three times by Oregon's secondary (two of which were returned for touchdowns), but also forced to leave the game for a short period of time in the first quarter with what was later revealed as a hurt lip.
Arizona's Scott Nets Four TDs in Win Over South Carolina St.
News:Matt Scott completed 30-of-36 passing for 288 yards and three touchdowns and ran in a fourth score Saturday as Arizona blanked South Carolina State 56-0 at home.
Analysis:Matt Scott is off to a phenomenal start to his senior season, having thrown for 995 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception through the first three games the Wildcats have played in 2012. The true test of his abilities, however, comes next week against Oregon, arguably Arizona's biggest game of the year.
Arizona's Scott Tosses Way to Victory Over Oklahoma State
News:Matt Scott completed 28-of-41 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Arizona downed Oklahoma State 59-38 at home in Tucson.
Analysis:Matt Scott proved Saturday he can be as dangerous using his legs as with his arm, adding to his overall throwing totals 19 carries for 55 yards and an additional score on the ground.
Arizona's QB Scott Throws for Career High in Win Over Toledo
News:Matt Scott completed 30-of-46 passes for 387 yards, two touchdowns and an interception Saturday as Arizona edged out Toledo 24-17 in overtime in the Wildcats' 2012 season opener.
Analysis:Matt Scott's 387 yards against the Rockets provided the senior with career-high numbers through the air, and also had 74 yards gained on the ground. Scott, if available, would definitely be a nice pick up for owners in any fantasy league heading into Week Two.
News: Arizona lost two quarterbacks to transfers today -- former Rutgers transfer Tom Savage and freshman Daxx Garman. New coach Rich Rodriguez's spread option offense isn't seen as a fit for Savage or Garman.
Analysis: Savage, who arrived barely a year ago after showing such promise at Rutgers, is much more of a pocket quarterback than Rodriquez's offense really likes to use. With Senior Matt Scott redshirting and the likely starter in 2012, the Wildcats don't have any other scholarship quarterbacks on the roster right now. Savage said that family concerns are the prime reason for the transfer.
News: Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne confirms that Rich Rodriguez will be the next head coach of the Arizona Wildcats.
Analysis: With Matt Scott having redshirted this year, the fantasy potential is very high for next year. With Rich Rod at the helm, Scott as well as Ka'Deem Carey will have some major fantasy value.
News: After missing Arizona's opener with a sprained knee, backup quarterback Bryson Beirne will be available for today's game.
Analysis: With senior Matt Scott trying to redshirt so he can have a crack at the starting job next year, Beirne's health is an important piece of that puzzle. It appears Beirne is ready to stand in if needed for starter Nick Foles.
News: Thanks to the lingering effects of a sprained knee, Arizona backup quarterback Bryson Beirne is considered doubtful for Saturday's opener.
Analysis: The idea was the Beirne would back up starter Nick Foles, allowing Matt Scott the chance to redshirt and then be the presumptive starter in 2012. We'll see how this situation plays out, particularly if Foles gets dinged up.
News: Arizona quarterback Matt Scott returned to practice Wednesday after missing the previous two days with strep throat.
Analysis: Scott took most of the second team reps, which would indicate he'll be the backup to Nick Foles. There were whispers about redshirting Scott, but that may not be the case any longer.
News: A bout of strep throat has kept Arizona backup quarterback Matt Scott on the sidelines the last couple practices. Coach Mike Stoops said that Scott is expected to return to practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Scott is a valuable backup to starter Nick Foles, demonstrating more than once that he's capable of making plays at the Pac-12 level. In his absence, Daxx Garmen has been getting second-string reps.
News: ESPN.com columnist Ted Miller cites DT Justin Washington as Arizona's most indispensable player for the 2011 season. Touting Matt Scott as a competent backup for QB Nick Foles and a deep receiving corps, Miller zeroes in on Washington as a key player in a defense that must be effective this year.
Analysis: Washington is the only starter returning on the defensive line, a line that has seen some injuries further deplete its depth. He got off to a fast start last season before wearing down. Now a sophomore, the year's experience should allow him to better handle the pounding.
News: Scott was not available for Saturday's loss to Stanford due to a wrist injury, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Analysis: Bryson Beirne served as the backup to Nick Foles. The Star says Scott has a ligament issue, so he may not be an option if Foles gets hurt again.
Arizona's Scott to Return to Bench When Foles Gets Healthy
News: Though Scott has racked up over 600 yards of offense in the last two starts, he will head back to the bench as soon as Nick Foles (knee) is healthy enough to play, the Arizona Wildcat reports.
Analysis: Foles felt good enough to play in last week's victory over UCLA, but he was held out another week as a precaution. Still, the fact Foles could have played means there is a good chance he suits up this week. Scott has put up two huge fantasy games in a row, but do not expect him to do much in Week 10 if Foles is cleared to play.
Arizona's Scott Posts Career-High 319 Yards Passing In Win
News: Scott connected on 24-of-36 passing for 319 yards, a touchdown and an interception Saturday as Arizona snuck by UCLA 29-21 on the road in Pasadena.
Analysis: Scott earned his first 300-yard passing performance in Saturday's win over the Bruins and added an additional 71 yards rushing on 12 carries with his feet. Watch to see if Scott's performance against UCLA allows him to retain his nod as Arizona's starter at quarterback in an important match up against Stanford - this even though many believe incumbent quarterback Nick Foles will be healthy enough to return to the field in Week Ten versus the Cardinal.
Arizona's Scott Plays Nicely In Place Of Injured Foles
News: Scott hit 18-of-22 passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Arizona defeated Washington 44-14 at home. The junior also added 65 yards rushing on the ground.
Analysis: Scott looked excellent in his first start since being replaced by Nick Foles after a terrible start last season against the Iowa Hawkeyes, and appears more than capable of running the Wildcats' passing attack as long as Foles remains on the sidelines. Scott, as such, would not make for a bad free agency pick up in deeper leagues, especially if he continues to produce as he did Saturday against the Huskies.
Arizona's Scott Forced Into Duty When Foles (Knee) Leaves Game Against WSU
News: Scott completed 14-of-20 passing for 139 yards and an interception in place of an injured Nick Foles, who left Saturday's 24-7 win for Arizona over Washington State with a knee injury early in the second quarter.
Analysis: Stoops told reporters after the game, "You always have two quarterbacks ready. Matt was OK [in place of Foles, but] a little rusty." Watch to see if Scott gets the nod under center over the next few weeks, as Foles is considered unable to suit up for the Wildcats for at least Weeks Eight and Nine.
News: Head coach Mike Stoops stated in a radio interview conducted Thursday that Scott will remain at quarterback and that his staff is going to install a special package on offense to take advantage of Scott's mobility, WildcatsSportsReport.com reports.
Analysis: Stoops says that the coaches were impressed enough with the progress Scott made during the spring to keep him at quarterback, countering recent speculation that Scott might be moved to receiver or running back to take advantage of his speed.
News: Although Nick Foles is the starting quarterback, Arizona plans to use special formations for Scott so that the team can utilize his ability as a runner, the Arizona Daily Wildcat reports.
Analysis: This doesn't make Scott useful as a fantasy option--it just lessens Nick Foles' value. Scott is well below average as a passer, but he's a tremendous runner and it makes sense for Arizona to utilize his abilities in the wildcat and similar formations. This could actually be a very serious threat to Foles' production, because an option/wildcat attack featuring Scott and running backs Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin could be an extremely effective rushing attack.
News: Scott says he is open to a position change this season if it means more significant time on the playing field, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Analysis: With Delashaun Dean departing the Wildcats program, don't be surprised to see Scott, who played receiver as a freshman and sophomore at Corona Centennial High School in California, lined up at wideout if a position change is made. "I honestly just want to be on the field," Scott says. "I can't stand sitting on the bench . . . . If it comes down [a switch], I'm down for that."
Arizona's Scott Sees Playing Time in Bowl Loss to Nebraska
News: Scott made a rare appearance Wednesday night in a 33-0 loss in the 2009 Holiday Bowl to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, going four-of-11 passing for 18 yards in his first action since going three-of-five for 41 yards against Washington State on 11/7.
Analysis: Unfortunately, Scott's taking the field did little more than continue the frustration found by starting quarterback for the Wildcats, Nick Foles, who himself ended the game six-of-20 for 28 yards and an interception.
News: Head coach Mike Stoops told reporters Tuesday that though Nick Foles will get the start for the Wildcats this coming Saturday, Scott "will play . . . a substantial amount" and the move is by "no stretch of the imagination . . . any reflection on Matt," the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Analysis: The move to Foles, says Stoops, is "to see if we can get a different flow to our offense." "We just want to give Nick the start," Arizona's head coach continues, "see what Nick does with that, and see if we can settle down and make some plays offensively."
News: Scott was benched in last week's loss to Iowa after going just 4-of-14 passing for 50 yards and an interception. Nick Foles will start this week against Oregon State, the Arizona Daily Wildcat reports.
Analysis: Scott could get back into the mix since Foles wasn't overly impressive in relief at Iowa. However, it looks like he'll be the second option this week.
Arizona's Scott Looks Good for Second Straight Week
News: Scott was 14-of-20 for 150 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's win over Northern Arizona on Saturday.
Analysis: Scott also ran the ball seven times for 48 yards in the game. He is getting the majority of the quarterback snaps for the Wildcats and playing well, so consider him Arizona's starting quarterback.
Arizona's Scott Loses Ground in Final Week of Camp
News: Scott was outperformed by Nick Foles last week and the two will likely rotate at quarterback for Arizona, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Neither player is worth a spot outside of Pac-10-only leagues at this point, but both players should be avoided as long as a rotation occurs.
News: According to Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star, Arizona coach Mike Stoops may announce Matt Scott as the team's starter as early as Monday.
Analysis: Even if there is no announcement, expect Scott to get the nod. If Scott does gain exclusive access to the quarterback spot, he could put up decent numbers, though neither player is necessarily worth consideration outside of Pac-10-only leagues at this point.
News: Both Nick Foles and Scott will play in the Sept. 5 opener against Central Michigan, the Arizona Daily Star reports.
Analysis: It looks like Foles has more upside, but both quarterbacks will have their fantasy value hurt early in the season.
News: Scott went 10-for-18 for 78 yards and also threw an interception in Arizona's scrimmage on Saturday, azcentral.com reports.
Analysis: Scot remains in a competition with Nick Foles for the starting quarterback position. Neither player moved the offense with much success and the Arizona rushing attack ran for 221 yards on 46 carries on Saturday. The team will likely hand the ball to the running backs a lot this season, so don't expect big production from either of the team's quarterbacks.
Scott gaining ground on Foles in the eyes of UA's Stoops
News: Wildcats' head coach Mike Stoops told reporters at the Pac-10's Media Days this past week that Scott - who is battling sophomore Nick Foles for the starting quarterback job - is definitely a contender for the role under center heading into fall camp, The Press Enterprise reports.
Analysis: Stoops on Scott: "He's great on his feet. He improvises well. But people don't realize what a prototypical thrower he is. He gets rid of the ball quickly. That's somewhat of a misconception about what he does."