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NFL Media ranks Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright as the No. 4 defensive player in the country.

"Wright won so much hardware last year, he probably couldn't fit all the trophies into a selfie," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "Between the Nagurski Award, the Bednarik Award and the Lombardi Award, all that's left to chase in 2015 for the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year is the Butkus Award." Scooby solved offensive mysteries on just about every snap last year: He posted 163 tackles, 29 for loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles. "That's about 12 tackles, two TFLs and a sack per game, on average," Goodbread noted. The 6-foot-1, 246-pounder has sensational instincts and football IQ.
Source: NFL.com
May 20 - 12:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay slotted Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright to the Broncos at No. 28 in a recent mock draft.

"He won the Bednarik award in 2014 as a true sophomore for being the best defensive player in college football," he wrote. "He isn't an elite athlete, but his effort level and playmaking instincts are outstanding. He's effective at pressuring the quarterback as a blitzer as well as when he's lined up as an edge rusher -- he totaled 14 sacks last year." Last year, Wright won the Bronko Nagurski award, the Bednarik award, and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. The Wildcat prospect was about as dominant as you'll see from a collegiate middle linebacker, but his measurables don't figure to be elite.
May 15 - 9:29 PM

Arizona redshirt freshman WR Kaelin Deboskie will transfer out of the program.

The former 3-star recruit stands at 5'6" and 155 lbs and was not high up on the Wildcats' depth chart. Deboskie redshirted during his first year after dealing with a hamstring issue during summer camp.
Source: AZ Central
May 15 - 9:37 AM

Arizona junior WR Samajie Grant is "pint-sized but lightning in bottle," wrote ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"Explosive," he wrote. "Arizona will have two big weapons outside with Grant and Cayleb Jones next year." The 5-foot-9, 177-pound Grant collected 718 yards on 45 receptions with six touchdowns last year, averaging 16.0 yards per catch and 55.2 yards per game. His role in the offense will increase in 2015.
May 13 - 7:24 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez would like to use a defensive rotation which includes 18-20 players this season.

His ultimate goal is 22 or 23, but that is basically two starting lineups. Rotation is important in the NFL, specifically along the defensive line. However, it seems to be less common at the college level, at least by choice. Mississippi State seems to be one of the best, but we applaud Rich Rod for setting this goal.
Source: OC Register
May 13 - 9:36 AM

Raiders signed Arizona WR Austin Hill.

Hill had the looks of a future first-round pick early in his Wildcats career before suffering a severe knee injury. He went undrafted after an underwhelming senior season. Hill was set to sign with the Seahawks, but failed his physical. Although he stands in at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, Hill is a slot prospect.
May 12 - 8:33 PM

Dolphins signed Arizona OT Mickey Baucus.

Baucus (6'8/309) started at left tackle all four seasons at Arizona, but projects as a fringe-roster player in the NFL with very limited movement skills and a top-heavy build. Baucus frequently got whipped by speed rushers and on inside moves in the Pac 12. He would do well to carve out a career as a swing tackle, and even that might be optimistic.
May 4 - 8:02 PM

Seahawks signed Arizona WR Austin Hill.

Hill (6'2/214) looked like a future first-round pick when he recorded an 81-1,364-11 receiving line as a redshirt sophomore, but missed his entire junior year with a severe knee injury and managed a 49-635-4 number as a senior. He ran 4.57/4.62 at his Pro Day with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. A big, physical slot receiver who will struggle to win outside in the NFL, Hill could become a poor man's Jordan Matthews if he regains pre-injury form. He did test relatively well before the draft, and impressed observers at the East-West Shrine.
May 4 - 5:31 PM

Arizona WR Austin Hill "is a next-level prospect" when healthy, noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

At Tuesday's pro day, Hill clocked 40s of 4.54 and 4.59 seconds, a short shuttle of 4.17 seconds, a 3-cone drill of.72 seconds and a 60-yard shuttle of 11.51 seconds. "All the reviews of Hill's pass-catching workout were positive as teams were impressed with his quickness and body positioning exiting breaks," Pauline wrote. The Wildcat was one of this year's most notable combine snubs. "Why was Hill left out of the combine?" Pauline wrote. "I'm told he was graded poorly after the initial four games of the 2014 campaign, and though he played better later in the year, was never able to rebound enough to get an invitation. Regardless, at full health, Hill is a next-level prospect."
Mar 11 - 8:09 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler predicts Arizona WR Austin Hill will fight "to earn a draftable grade" at Tuesday's pro day workout.

You probably know Hill's story by now. He had a sensational sophomore season, missed his junior campaign with a torn ACL, and then disapointed greatly as a senior (Brugler said he looked like a "a shell of his sophomore form). "Hill was one of the more notable NFL Combine snubs so many around the league are eager to get him in front of a stopwatch," noted the analyst. "He is known as a hard working grinder and with a positive showing at Arizona's pro day, Hill might be able to go from afterthought to draftable."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 7:27 PM

Arizona WR Austin Hill wasn't invited to the combine.

This is just the most recent disheartening development in what was a horribly disappointing year for Hill. He suffered a torn ACL in the spring of 2013 and his career has been on the ropes since. Hill, graded by many as a solid Day 2 pick prior to the season, finished the year second on the team in receptions with 49. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that NFL scouts had concerns that Hill wasn't completely healed from his knee injury. "Word circulating in the scouting community is Austin Hill may not be fully healthy from the knee injury suffered more than a year ago," Pauline wrote during the season. "Never a speedster from the get-go, the inability to separate from defenders on the college level is causing a lot of concern from area scouts, many who now stamp Hill as a late rounder."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 7 - 5:21 PM

Former Arizona Wildcat quarterback Connor Brewer, could be open to returning to the Texas Longhorn football program, according to his father Robert Brewer.

"He should’ve never left(Texas) in hindsight", Robert Brewer told Sports360az.com on Saturday afternoon. "He loved his time at Texas, he just wanted a chance to play, no one could have foreseen what would happen to David Ash(career ending concussions). The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Brewer spent his freshman year as a Longhorn before transferring to the University of Arizona. Brewer was forced to sit out 2013 due to NCAA transfer rules, and played in only one game. As of late, South Carolina, Tulane, Northern Arizona, Washington, Colorado State, and UT San Antonio have shown interest in Brewer's services.
Feb 2 - 3:05 PM

Arizona S Tra’Mayne Bondurant played in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase.

Bondurant is only 5-foot-10, 198 pounds, but he played bigger as Arizona's "Spur" defender, a hybrid roving S/OLB in a 3-3-5 scheme. Bondurant's position versatility appeals to the NFL, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes. In addition to his Spur assignment, Bondurant is capable of playing slot corner. "Bondurant complements his athleticism with good awareness," wrote the analyst. "He's aggressive and isn't afraid to break on the ball in the hopes of creating a big play."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 4:37 PM

Arizona redshirt senior WR Austin Hill hauled in four receptions for 41 yards at Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

He led all wideouts in receiving yards. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote during the week that Hill could be a "late round steal" and mentioned that he was "applauded by coaches for his route running and pass catching" at practices. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis also praised Hill, drawing attention to the prospect's size (6-foot-3), hands and toughness.
Jan 18 - 6:50 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis likes Arizona redshirt senior WR Austin Hill's size, hands and toughness.

"Another aspect of Hill's game that Davis likes is that he did not complain about offensive changes at Arizona," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Hill went from being the go-to receiver in 2012 to being a complementary guy this fall, and Davis said it wasn't an issue with Hill." Huguenin added that West WR coach Richard Bartel also spoke highly of Hill. "While Hill lacks top-end speed, Bartel noted that he has a good football IQ and is competitive," the analyst wrote. "Hill comes from a family of football players -- his dad and uncle played in the NFL -- and Bartel noted that a football pedigree can be helpful: 'There's a reason you pay more for a pure-bred bulldog." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Hill could be a "late round steal."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 5:05 PM


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