University of Arizona preseason football

Quarterback Jordan McCloud gets some air while dropping into the pocket during the University of Arizona's preseason practice on Dick Tomey Field, Tucson, Ariz., August 19, 2021.

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EUGENE, Ore. – Transfer Jordan McCloud is slated to make his first career start for Arizona when the Wildcats face No. 3 Oregon on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.

McCloud is the third quarterback to start for the UA in its first four games, following Gunner Cruz and Will Plummer.

McCloud, who arrived in Tucson in June after transferring from South Florida, made his Arizona debut last week against NAU. He completed 6 of 7 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He was unable to pull off a 2-point conversion that would have tied the score in the final minutes.

McCloud easily has the most experience among Arizona’s quarterbacks, having appeared in 20 games and started 17 at USF. McCloud passed for 2,836 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Bulls. He also rushed for 357 yards and five scores.

McCloud couldn’t get to Tucson in time for spring practice, putting him behind Cruz and Plummer in the QB race. McCloud used his time on the sideline wisely, making up ground and earning UA coach Jedd Fisch’s trust.

How McCloud performs against the Ducks could determine which direction Fisch goes for the rest of the season. Arizona has a bye next week, and Fisch has stated that he’d like to solidify the QB spot for the final eight games.

Cruz started the first two games. Plummer started last week. Arizona lost all three contests.

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Additional observations from warmups:

* With safety Jaxen Turner having to miss the first half because of a targeting suspension, Jaydin Young will slide into the starting lineup alongside Gunner Maldonado.

* Defensive Mo Diallo is also out for the first half because of a targeting infraction. JB Brown will start at the “Anchor” position.

* Defensive tackle Trevon Mason is dressed and participated in warmups after sitting out last week because of an undisclosed injury.

* The second-team offensive line sans Edgar Burrola, who's in the transfer portal: Woody Jean, Josh Baker, JT Hand, Sam Langi and Matthew Stefanski.

* Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, the potential No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL draft, is dressed and is expected to play after missing the past two-plus games because of an ankle injury.

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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