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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank is expected to run a 40 in the 4.3s at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Cruikshank played mostly at safety for the Wildcats in 2017, but has played corner, and the defensive back looked solid there at the East-West Shrine Game. "I’m told there’s a chance that Cruikshank, who measured 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds at the Shrine Game, could run in the 4.3s," Pauline writes. "If he does, expect him to jump into the early part of Round 4." This is definitely a player to keep an eye on at the combine; especially when you consider his versatility.
Feb 18 - 12:31 PM

Former Army WR Christian Poe transferred to Arizona and will be classified as a redshirt junior for the 2018 season.

This is a somewhat peculiar one, as there is not much information available as to the exact timeline with the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Poe. He was on roster at Army up until this past June, at which point he exited stage left and was not heard from again in 2017. Resurfacing with Arizona, now. We won't take guesses on the depth chart at this early juncture, especially given both Poe's year-long absence and Kevin Sumlin's still-learning familiarity with his new roster. Expect some clarity come spring into summer.
Feb 16 - 4:57 PM

After serving mostly as a receiver in 2017, Arizona sophomore Gary Brightwell is listed as a running back on the team's 2018 roster.

Brightwell (5'11/190) did not log a catch during the most recent campaign, nor did he receive a carry. The versatile athlete was a three-star running back coming out of high school and it looks like he'll at least open the spring working primarily in that capacity. What role, specifically, Brightwell might have in 2018 will sort itself out over the course of the coming months.
Feb 16 - 3:02 PM

Cal redshirt senior P Dylan Klumph transferred to Arizona as a graduate.

Klumph (6'3/230) turned in a phenomenal two-year run with Cal after initially getting his collegiate start in the JUCO ranks. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he averaged 43.9 yards per punt. His 43 yards a boot last year were good for the fourth-best mark in the Pac-12.
Feb 10 - 1:51 PM

Arizona hired Taylor Mazzone as outside receivers coach.

Mazzone follows his father -- new Arizona OC Noel Mazzone -- as well as new Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin to the desert after spending the last two seasons as an offensive quality control coach at Texas A&M. Prior to his stop in College Station, Mazzone worked under his father at UCLA as quarterbacks coach 2013-15, where he mentored Brett Hundley and then a freshman-year Josh Rosen.
Jan 31 - 12:05 AM

Arizona hired Noel Mazzone as offensive coordinator and QB coach.

The move had been rumored for the past few weeks and is now official. Mazzone follows HC Kevin Sumlin over from Texas A&M, where he was also OC. He'd previously served as the leader of UCLA's offense. Sumlin and Mazzone have a Heisman candidate to build their new offense around in QB Khalil Tate.
Jan 30 - 10:43 PM

Arizona hired Oregon State S coach John Rushing to serve in the same capacity.

Rushing served as Oregon State's safeties coach for the 2017 season. He spent much of the last decade in the NFL, notably in a lengthy stint with the Packers from 2009-16.
Jan 30 - 7:00 PM

Arizona hired former UCLA DB coach Demetrice Martin to serve as cornerbacks coach.

Martin had been with the Bruins from 2011-17, but was not retained after UCLA hired HC Chip Kelly earlier this winter. Previous to his time at the program, he served as CB coach at Washington (2008-11).
Jan 30 - 6:50 PM

Arizona hired Indianapolis Colts OL coach Joe Gilbert to serve in the same capacity.

Gilbert has spent the last six seasons on staff with the Colts. He has ample experience coaching in the collegiate ranks, previously working at -- among others -- Illinois (2009-11), Houston (2008), Toledo (2007) and UCF (2004-06).
Jan 30 - 6:01 PM

Football Scoop reports that Arizona WR coach Theron Aych is staying on Kevin Sumlin's staff.

Football Scoop had reported that Aych was a possibility to stay on Sumlin's staff last week, and now it appears the possibility has become the reality. Aych came over to Arizona after serving as UTEP's wide receiver coach, and also spent six years with Division II school Angelo State. Football Scoop reports that move and several other Wildcat coaching additions should become official on Friday.
Jan 26 - 7:17 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Arizona will hire Mount San Antonio College (JUCO) DC Iona Uiagalelei to serve as defensive line coach.

Uiagalelei has been working at Mount San Antonio College since 2001. He's the uncle of four-star 2020 QB D.J. Uiagalelei, who has an out-and-out cannon for an arm.
Jan 25 - 6:51 PM

Texas A&M will pay Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin his $10.4 million buyout on Thursday.

We're guessing Sumlin is having himself a pretty nice day. The Aggies are 60 days out from his initial firing at the end of November, meaning it's time to foot the bill. They're on the hook for the money he would have made in College Station during the 2018 and 2019 seasons had he not been canned. Sumlin waited patiently through the coaching madness in December before swooping in to take over the helm of the ship at Arizona when the Wildcats parted ways with Rich Rodriguez earlier in January.
Jan 25 - 12:24 PM

Arizona is hiring Jeremy Springer to be the new ST coordinator at Arizona, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports.

Springer worked on special teams and tight ends with Texas A&M in 2017, and appeared to be heading to Kansas to be their new ST coach. Not so fast, my friends, as Springer now appears to be heading to the Wildcats. The coaching carousel never stops.
Jan 19 - 9:07 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank met with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, including the general managers of both teams.

Per Pauline, Cruikshank's schedule has been "full of interviews over the past few days." Cruikshank (6'1/206) has drawn mixed reviews at the Shrine Game. But he's expected to potentially run the forty in the 4.3s. If he does so, and that athleticism translates to the rest of his Combine workout, Cruikshank could potentially be a mid-rounder.
Jan 18 - 1:04 PM

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that Arizona will not retain OL coach Garin Justice.

Justice is not part of new Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin's plans for the future, this after just being hired over in mid-December. Feldman passes along that he could potentially rejoin FAU -- where he coached during the 2017 season -- now that he's out a job with the Wildcats.
Jan 17 - 2:52 PM


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