Buffs to face an improved Arizona offense sparked by QB Jayden de Laura – BuffZone

When Arizona’s football team came to Boulder a year ago, the Wildcats were a mess at quarterback.

They had used three different starters in the first four weeks and lost one of them to a season-ending injury. A second QB suffered a season-ending injury in the 34-0 loss to Colorado.

A year later, it’s the Buffs (0-4, 0-1 Pac-12) who have started three different quarterbacks while trying to spark offense, and the Wildcats are in good hands with Jayden de Laura building the ship controls.

“Very confident quarterback, very experienced quarterback,” CU head coach Karl Dorrell said of de Laura. “I think he’s a big catalyst for their offense. He’s a really good player.”

CU visits the de Laura and the Wildcats Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. (7:30 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network).

Last year, de Laura was Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year after throwing for Washington State for 2,798 yards and 23 touchdowns. He then moved to Arizona, where he helped change the Wildcats’ passing game (2-2, 0-1).

“He really brought that offensive life and confidence that you would want,” Dorrell said. “He’s an experienced player who knows how to read defences, he can extend plays, he has really good vision, he can move the fuses with his eyes. He does really, really good veteran moves and things that allow this offense to hit all cylinders. I’d say the quarterback really made a big difference for them.”

So far, de Laura has thrown for 1,149 yards and eight touchdowns, but he’s also had six interceptions.

De Laura’s favorite target was another transfer, Jacob Cowing. The former UTEP star has 28 catches for 386 yards and six touchdowns — he leads the Pac-12 in all three categories.

“(Cowing) is one of the best we’ve seen so far,” Dorrell said. β€œHe’s probably most dangerous when the ball is in his hands and he’s in the middle of the game, so he has the ability to run after catching. We’re really concerned about what he can do.”

Led by de Laura and Cowing, Arizona is averaging 29.3 points, a big jump from a worst-ever 17.2 at the 2021 conference.

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