University of Arizona vs Northern Arizona

Arizona defensive linemen Mo Diallo (26), left, and Leevel Tatum III (97) use the goal post to get dialed for their game against Northern Arizona at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., September 18, 2021.

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Notes and observations from warmups before the Arizona Wildcats’ game against NAU at Arizona Stadium on Saturday night:

* Starting defensive tackle Trevon Mason is not suited up. Mason, a fifth-year senior, has been one of Arizona’s most productive defenders. He has 12 tackles, including two stops for losses.

* It appears that second-year freshman Paris Shand will take Mason’s place at defensive tackle. That isn’t the only change along the defensive line. Based on warmups, it looks like transfer Mo Diallo will make his first career start at the “Anchor” defensive end position.

* Offensive linemen Jordan Morgan and Donovan Laie fully participated in warmups. Morgan sat out much of the second half last week after missing the season opener because of a lower-body injury. Laie missed most of the second half after getting rolled up in a pile.

* It appears that third-year freshman Jeff Widener will start at quarterback for NAU. Week 1 starter Keondre Wudtee did not participate in warmups. He missed most of the first two games because of an ankle injury. Widener has passed for 476 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions this season.

* Arizona is wearing white jerseys with blue pants for the third straight week.

* Dark clouds were hovering over the stadium about an hour before kickoff, and a light rain was falling during the National Anthem.

Be sure to follow @TheWildcaster and @MichaelJLev on Twitter for updates during and after game.

Contact sports reporter Michael Lev at 573-4148 or mlev@tucson.com. On Twitter @michaeljlev 

This article originally ran on tucson.com.

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