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Arizona freshman DE My-King Johnson will become the first active openly gay scholarship player in the FBS.

Johnson told his story on Saturday to the Arizona Daily Star. The 6-foot-4-inch, 225-pound 17-year-old came out to friends and family when he was 12. Now, he becomes the FBS' first active scholarship player to have come out publicly. "I do feel like when I say that, it can put a target on my back," Johnson said. "But whatever." A few years ago, Missouri’s Michael Sam came out after he entered the NFL Draft. Arizona State walk-on Chip Sarafin came out in 2014.
Feb 27 - 1:32 PM

Arizona hired UTEP WR coach Theron Aych to serve in the same capacity.

Aych spent the past year coaching up UTEP's wideouts after having previously spent a sextet of seasons with Division II Angelo State. Now onward to Arizona, where he takes the gig previously vacated by Tony Dews (who is off to West Virginia).
Feb 26 - 1:13 PM

Arizona hired Central Michigan AD Dave Heeke to serve in the same capacity.

Heeke fills the void left behind when Greg Byrne flew the coop to become Alabama's athletic director earlier this offseason. He had been with Central Michigan since 2006. Prior to that stint with the Chippewas, he spent 18 years in various capacities at Oregon. In a statement, Heeke said, "This program is about excellence and we will continue to focus on achieving at the very highest level athletically and academically, while creating the finest experience in the country for our student-athletes."
Feb 26 - 12:26 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris called Arizona S Paul Magloire one of his favorite Day 3 prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft.

This past season, Magloire registered a career-best 81 tackles (5.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks and a pass defended in 10 games played. He subsequently went on to take part in the East-West Shrine Game. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder performed well throughout the practice week prior to that game, writing that he "displayed himself as a complete, three down defender who did well defending the run and was exceptional in pass defense." Size concerns may scare some teams away.
Feb 7 - 5:10 PM

Arizona signed three-star RB Gary Brightwell.

He flipped from Temple. The Wildcats sure needed the depth after what happened last year. Orlando Bradford was dismissed, Nick Wilson battled injuries again, and J.J. Taylor broke his ankle. Brightwell figures to redshirt with Wilson, Taylor and four-star recruit Nathan Tilford above him on the depth chart.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 1 - 1:40 PM

Arizona received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 DE My-King Johnson.

"I'm done with the process. I'm not going to commit anywhere else. I'm set in stone on this one and set on this commitment," Johnson said. He ranks as Scout.com's No. 1 defensive end prospect in the state of Arizona and chose the Wildcats over UCLA and Oregon. He had actually been committed to the Bruins earlier this month, before he eventually opted for Arizona. ESPN 300 notes calls the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder "a long, lean defender with raw athletic ability and skills."
Source: Scout.com
Jan 16 - 8:18 PM

Arizona WR Trey Griffey accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder has 4.5 wheels and a famous, baseball-playing father, but he never quite panned out for the Wildcats. Griffey logged a 23-382-2 line this year. He never scored more than two touchdowns in a season, nor did he top 405 yards receiving.
Jan 11 - 1:04 PM

Arizona senior RB/WR Samajie Grant had 19 carries for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 56-35 upset win over Arizona State.

What a matchup this was for Grant to close out his collegiate career with. The 5-foot-9, 177-pounder became the newest runner to terrorize Sparky's helpless defense this fall. Grant, who was converted into a running back mid-season because of injuries, topped 110 yards rushing in two of his last three games. In addition to Grant's fine work on Friday, QB Brandon Dawkins rushed for a team-best 183 yards and two scores while Zach Green added 126 yards and two additional touchdowns. As a team, Arizona rushed for 511 yards. With the win, the Wildcats snapped an eight-game losing streak. At 3-9, their 2016 campaign has come to a close.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:42:00 AM

Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins carried 12 times for a career-high 184 yards (on a career-high 15.3 yards a carry) and two touchdowns in Friday's 56-35 win over Arizona State.

Dawkins went 3-of-8 for 77 yards and a touchdown in the blowout victory in Tucson. The Wildcats abandoned the pass in this one to focus on tormenting its rival's biggest weakness, its shoddy run defense. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Dawkins will again battle Anu Solomon for the job next summer. Dawkins was ineffective through the air -- 1,348 yards and an 8/6 TD/INT rate on 53.8 percent completions -- this season but led the Wildcats with 945 rushing yards on 131 attempts.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:29:00 AM

During a Tuesday morning meeting of Arizona boosters, AD Greg Byrne said that HC Rich Rodriguez will be returning for the 2017 season.

Byrne is preaching patience with Rodriguez. The Wildcats are currently slogging through a 2-8 campaign. Though to be fair to Rich-Rod, not much you can do when your team's collective health is held together by toothpicks and old gum. Rodriguez holds a 35-23 record in his four seasons at Arizona's helm.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 01:09:00 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez says junior RB Nick Wilson (knee) is probably done for the season.

"I don't see any foreseeable comeback for Nick," said RichRod. With running back J.J. Taylor also out for the year, Samajie Grant will take over for Wilson going forward. Wilson had 320 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries (5.8 yards per carry) during this snakebitten campaign. Arizona hosts No. 16 Colorado this weekend.
Source: SB Nation
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 07:20:00 PM

Arizona senior WR Samajie Grant will start at running back in Saturday's game against Stanford.

With CFB's Mr. Glass, Nick Wilson, sidelined due to injury and backup J.J. Taylor also down injured, the Wildcats are going to take something of an unconventional approach to the position on Saturday. "[Grant]’ll be the starter on Saturday. He’s one of our most explosive players. He’s a veteran so he knows the offense," said HC Rich Rodriguez. Rich-Rod indicated that the 5-foot-9, 177-pounder has been practicing as a running back over the past two weeks, as a bye provided a convenient window for him to earn a few more learning reps than he otherwise might have received. He has yet to see an in-game carry this season. As a receiver, Grant holds a 19-251-3 line. For fantasy purposes, owners should monitor Grant's rushing performance this weekend. There is no immediate need to jump to the wire for his services, though.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 02:32:00 PM

Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins (concussion) will be available for Saturday's game against Stanford.

Dawkins tweeted last week that he had been medically cleared of the concussion sustained versus Utah on October 8. He did not play against USC in Week 7, but had last week off on bye and that looks to have been enough for him to fully recover from the head injury. With Anu Solomon (knee) also expected to be available this Saturday, Arizona's quarterbacking situation is now in its healthiest state since the season-opener. Just who will draw the start against Stanford remains to be seen. Both quarterbacks could potentially earn snaps in that one.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 06:47:00 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez said that junior RB Nick Wilson (knee) will miss an "extended period of time."

Once again, Wilson's health (or lack thereof) has managed to rob the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder of a full season. He missed time due to ankle injury earlier in the campaign and has rushed for just 320 yards and three touchdowns across five games. It has been a long, hard fall for Wilson since he rushed for 1,375 yards and 16 scores in 2014. Arizona finishes out the 2016 season with games against Stanford, Washington State, Colorado, Oregon State and Arizona State.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 12:46:00 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez said that junior RB Nick Wilson has suffered a new injury, one which will likely sideline him for multiple weeks.

Specific details as to the nature of this new impediment are not available at this time. After posting 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014, Wilson's body has turned on him. He played in just nine games last season due to injury and ankle issues have forced him out of two contests already in 2016. Through parts of five games, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder has rushed for 320 yards and three touchdowns. It is not known when Wilson might be able to return to action, but given that October is winding down, he will need a relatively speedy recovery from this new ailment if he is to play again this season. Arizona could use him, too. The Wildcats currently sit at 2-5.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 01:41:00 PM


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