RichRod aiming to take Arizona to the next level after successful first season in the desert

Rich Rodriguez had an immediate impact at Arizona, exciting the fan base with his fast-paced offense and a winning first season in the desert.

Now it's time for the encore.

With much-needed depth on defense and a year of experience in Rodriguez's spread offense, the Wildcats are hoping to build on their 8-5 season in 2012.

The offense will be led by All-American running back Ka'Deem Carey, who may feel like he has something to prove after a rough offseason.

Arizona will have a tight competition to replace Matt Scott at quarterback and still has some questions on defense, but appears to be headed in the right direction under Rodriguez.