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Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Arizona redshirt senior WR Austin Hill "has a natural feel you can't coach."

"Watching 2012 tape of Arizona WR Austin Hill tonight. Quickly reminded of his talent. Has a natural feel you can't coach," Weidl tweeted. Weidl mentioned in another tweet, that Hill has "very good spatial awareness with routes" is able to adjust with ease, "competes" for the ball and has "strong hands". Hill recently returned to regular duty a couple of months ago, after suffering a torn ACL in the spring of 2013. Before Hill was injured, he led the Wildcat receivers on the team in 2012 with 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns. If the Arizona prospect can fully rebound from injury, he has a chance to be a day two or day three pick in the draft.
Jul 3 - 8:24 AM

NFL.com predicts Arizona redshirt senior Jesse Scroggins will win the QB job.

Scroggins signed with USC as the No. 6 QB in the 2010 class according to Scout.com, but he left after two seasons in Los Angeles. He's competing with Connor Brewer, Jerrard Randall, and Anu Solomon for the honor to start the opener. The Texas transfer Brewer "doesn't appear to be the ideal fit for the offense as he's not as mobile as the other candidates," wrote staff writer Bryan Fischer. "He will take care of the ball, but has one of the weakest arms of all the contenders." Randall is the best runner of the bunch, but Scroggins is the favorite. "[Scroggins] has a big arm and moves around well enough for somebody his size (6-foot-3, 208 pounds)," Fischer wrote. "With a plethora of wide receivers on the Wildcats' roster, it wouldn't be surprising if the staff opts for the best passer of the bunch."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 8:19 PM

Arizona redshirt freshmen RB Pierre Cormier has retired from the sport due to an unspecified injury.

"Football has always meant the world to me," Cormier wrote on his Facebook page. "Due to a medical condition I’ve been told I can never play again.. This last week and a half has been the hardest ever for me." The three-star 2013 recruit was rated as the No. 26 running back in the country coming out of high school. He redshirted during his only season on campus.
Jun 15 - 3:27 PM

Arizona redshirt sophomore WR Trey Griffey "has the size and athleticism worthy of keeping an eye on," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Ken Griffey Jr.'s son might not be able to hit a baseball 450 feet, but he's quite skilled on the gridiron. The 6-foot-2, 191-pounder runs a 4.53 forty. Rich Rodriguez hasn't yet found consistent use for Griffey in his vaunted spread offense, but the kin of Ken scored two TDs in Arizona's bowl game victory over Boston College, and he looks poised to break out in 2014 across from Austin Hill, a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2012.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 14 - 10:42 PM

Arizona redshirt senior OT Mickey Baucus could be the first Wildcats' OL drafted since Eben Britton in 2009, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Baucus has the size and athleticism to end the drought as a 6-foot-7, 305-pound former basketball player. "Baucus boasts an intriguing build with great height and long arms," Brugler wrote. "He possesses enough initial quickness to handle most of the conference's speed rushers due to a smooth kick-slide and his length allows him to catch defenders that his feet can't keep up with. Where Baucus struggles is with leverage and balance. Baucus' top-heavy high-cut frame makes him susceptible to counter moves and too often he's forced to lunge at defenders, as a result." NFLDraftScout.com ranks him as the No. 24 OT in the 2015 class. "Baucus may want to explore playing right tackle or even moving inside to guard at a senior all-star game, as this is where he projects best against NFL speed," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 14 - 9:55 PM

Arizona S Tra'Mayne Bondurant's position versatility appeals to the NFL, believes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Bondurant is only 5-foot-10, 198 pounds, but he's played far bigger than that over the past two seasons as Arizona's "Spur" defender, a hybrid roving S/OLB in a 3-3-5 scheme. "This versatility makes Bondurant intriguing but also a projection to the NFL as it minimizes some of the 'tweener traits that scouts may find troubling when determining whether his future at the next level lies," wrote Brugler. In addition to his Spur roles, 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, picking off seven passes over the past three seasons and returning three of them for touchdowns, including two for scores last year. He doesn't possess an intimidating build but closes quickly and can deliver a pop, forcing three fumbles over the past two seasons."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 14 - 9:42 PM

If Arizona redshirt senior WR Austin Hill recovers fully from a torn ACL suffered last spring, he "could push for a spot among the top 100" in the 2015 draft, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Hill caught 81 passes for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns in earning All-Pac-12 Second Team honors in 2012; he missed last season. "Hill possesses broad shoulders and a well-built frame, overall," Brugler wrote. "He shows above-average initial burst off the snap to quickly get into his route but tops out quickly. He is a savvy route-runner who shows good lateral burst and balance to generate separation with his cuts. The majority of his production, however, came out of the slot where Hill was able to physically dominate smaller cornerbacks and rarely saw press coverage." After shredding his knee last spring, the WR re-dedicated himself to the weight room. Brugler writes that he wasn't "a nifty athlete prior to the ACL tear," but believes he'll be in the top 100 mix if he just gets back to that physical level. Tony Pauline reported earlier this week that scouts are calling Hill a second-rounder.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 14 - 8:36 PM

Former LSU senior DE Jordan Allen has transferred to Arizona.

Allen, who already graduated, is on campus in Tucson and preparing himself for summer workouts. He'll be added to the roster next month along with the other freshmen and transfers. The Arizona Daily Star speculates that Allen will compete for playing time immediately along the defensive front.
Jun 12 - 9:48 PM

Arizona senior WR Garic Wharton will transfer.

Wharton posted 17 catches for 291 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt junior in 2013. Because he has already graduated, Wharton will be eligible to play immediately wherever he ends up. Wharton was hopelessly buried on the Wildcats' depth chart, expected to slot behind a host of receivers including Cayleb Jones, Austin Hill, Trey Griffey, David Richards, DaVonte' Neal, Samajie Grant, Nate Phillips and Cameron Denson.
Jun 12 - 7:27 PM

Tony Pauline reports that during spring meetings Arizona redshirt senior WR Austin Hill "was stamped as a second day pick by scouts."

"I was informed earlier today Austin Hill/WR/Arizona was stamped as a second day pick by scouts during spring meetings," Pauline tweeted. Hill recently returned to regular duty this spring after suffering a torn ACL in the spring of 2013. Before Hill's injury, he led all receivers on the team in 2012 with 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Arizona prospect was also a Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist and earned All-Pac-12 Second-Team honors. If completely healthy, Hill has a great opportunity to showcase his talents to evaluators this upcoming season.
Jun 10 - 8:51 AM

ESPN.com's Ted Miller reports that Arizona is giving Rich Rodriguez a contract extension.

Rodriguez's base salary will get a boost of $220,000 to $2 million annually, under conditions of the proposed deal, Rodriguez would be under contract through May 31, 2019. The Wildcats are 16-10 under Rich Rodriguez.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 1:24 PM

Bengals selected Arizona OLB Marquis Flowers with the No. 212 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft

Flowers led Rich Rodriguez's defense with 86 tackles in 2013, earning All Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors. A four-year contributor, Flowers racked up tackles against the run, but offers nothing as a pass rusher. He'll try to crack the Bengals' 53-man roster as a special teamer, but is likely headed to the practice squad.
May 10 - 5:24 PM

Steelers selected Arizona CB Shaquille Richardson with the No. 157 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Richardson (6-foot 1/8, 194) was a playmaker in Rich Rodriguez's Wildcats secondary, piling up 10 interceptions, eight tackles for loss and three forced fumbles across 37 career starts. He clocked a 4.43 forty at the U of A Pro Day, adding impressive jumps of 38 1/2" (vertical) and 10-foot-7 (broad). Richardson was an inconsistent college player and has some off-field concerns, but profiles as a potential eventual NFL starter based on size, movement and college production.
May 10 - 3:02 PM

Bears selected Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey with the No. 117 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

The Bears finally have someone who can competently spell Matt Forte. Carey (5-foot-9 3/8, 207) was a workhorse in Rich Rodriguez's option attack, topping 300 carries in each of his final two seasons en route to 42 rushing TDs and a 5.85 YPC average. He caught 77 passes across three years, and has soft hands in the passing game. We liked Carey's slashing style and inside-run skills on tape, but he ran 4.70 at the Combine and has off-field concerns. While Carey looked like a possible NFL starter when we studied him, there are obvious red flags. He's not overwhelmingly explosive, and is on the smaller side for a feature back. All that being said, he's a potential future starter behind a 28-year-old Forte in Marc Trestman's offense.
May 10 - 1:00 PM

Arizona QB Nick Isham will transfer.

Isham started seven games for La. Tech as a freshman in 2011 and threw for 1,457 yards and an 8/7 TD/INT ratio. He bolted for Arizona in July of 2012, but will now move on after not attempting a pass last season. Isham's next destination has not yet been announced.
May 4 - 11:21 PM


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