TUCSON - Frustrated by his team’s inability to run the ball through the first four games of the season, Arizona football coach Mike Stoops has decided to go young.
True freshman running back Nicolas Grigsby will start Saturday’s game against Washington State, marking a change in Stoops’ philosophy and a willingness to go with youth over experience.
Stoops said Grigsby “shows a lot of toughness and a lot of courage for a young kid.”
“(Grigsby) continues to progress like all young players,” Stoops said.
“He likes to compete, and he likes to play — you see that on the field — and he likes challenges.”
Grigsby received his first college start in Arizona’s 45-27 loss to California Saturday. He gained 42 yards on 14 carries and scored the Wildcats’ first rushing touchdown of the year.
In the process, Grigsby appears to have wrestled the starting job away from senior Chris Jennings.
Jennings was listed as Arizona’s starter for the Cats’ first four games.