The Arizona Wildcats struggled on defense in 2017, but if there was one thing they could hang their hat on, it was their ability to create turnovers.
Arizona was fourth in the conference in takeaways (25), thanks to a league-best 19 interceptions.
Its cornerbacks, in particular, were ballhawks. According to Pro Football Focus, redshirt sophomore Lorenzo Burns and junior Jace Whittaker both led the Pac-12 in plays on the ball, each with 12.
Burns, UA’s No. 2 corner, had a league-high five interceptions and seven pass breakups. Whittaker, the No. 1 corner, had three picks and 13 pass breakups. (I’m not sure why PFF only credits him with 12 plays on the ball, but I digress.)
But with any stat, context is needed. The Wildcats allowed a league-worst 286.