Player News

Date:

Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright leads the field of 80 college players on the 2015 Bednarik Award watch list.

In 2014, Wright was the top defensive player in the nation, winning the Bednarik Award last season. The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year recorded 163 tackles and 29 tackles for loss, four sacks and six forced fumbles. It's safe to say, the 6-foot-1, 246-pounder has a great shot to be a repeat winner.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 7 - 3:46 PM

NFL Media ranked Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright No. 2 on their list for College football players with best intangibles.

"Armed with an unrelenting work ethic and a chip on his shoulder the size of a cinderblock, Wright embodies what scouts call a "high motor." In two years, he has gone from a disregarded recruit offered a scholarship only by Arizona to the only true sophomore ever named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. One need not be a star player to rate high on intangibles, but Wright checks both those boxes," College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread wrote. The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Wright racked up the hardware in 2014, winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award. The Arizona prospect was quite impressive for the Wildcats recording 163 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles. Wright has first-round potential with another outstanding year under his belt.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 2:56 PM

Arizona sophomore RB Nick Wilson said he's more physically and mentally prepared for this season than he was last.

Which makes sense, seeing as though he was acclimating from high school. As a true freshman, Wilson collected 236 carries and was the Pac-12's fourth-leading rusher with 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns. He did that despite being hampered by a midseason ankle injury which basically stole three games. "I definitely feel older," Wilson said. "I'm just more experienced and I know a lot more. That's kind of weird to say even though I'm just about to be a sophomore."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 10:48 PM

Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright "may not be the fastest athlete, but he flies to the ball with great instincts and effectiveness as a blitzer, all of which won him the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"While Wright had a stellar freshman season in 2013, he still entered 2014 with no hype, meaning he finished with one of the most astonishing breakout performances of the year," he wrote. "An overlooked recruit, Wright turned into a do-it-all force for the Wildcats as a sophomore in the middle of the defense." Brown says Wright is the best linebacker in the nation. The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Wright recorded 163 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles to win the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik awards in 2014.
Jun 18 - 7:07 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown calls Arizona sophomore RB Nick Wilson a "smooth runner with good vision."

Though hampered by a midseason ankle injury which basically stole three games, Wilson collected 236 carries for 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. More is coming in Rich Rodriguez's offense. "Wilson will undoubtedly rack up big numbers in this scheme," Brown wrote.
Jun 18 - 5:21 PM

NFL Media ranks Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright their No.2 "scariest players" in college football.

"The man is a big-play machine. Wright had 14 sacks, 29 tackles for loss and six forced fumbles last season. What offensive player in his right mind wants to see Wright on the other side of the ball? Plus, he's nicknamed "Scooby," and any football player willing to be nicknamed "Scooby" has to be a tough guy," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. The 6-foot-1, 246-pounder may get knocked for his size at the next level,however, Wright makes up for it with great instincts and awareness. Wright was all over the field last season, posting 163 tackles in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 18 - 3:20 PM

Rich Rodriguez revealed Arizona sophomore WR Tyrell "T.J." Johnson runs a "legit" 4.25 forty.

Johnson will need speed on his side as he stands 5'7" and 160 lbs. The receiver and special teamer is the fastest player on the team, per Rich Rod, and recently won the bronze medal at the Pac-12 Championships with a 10.41 in the 100-meter.
Jun 17 - 12:45 PM

Arizona redshirt junior WR Cayleb Jones "emerged as the top target in a talented receiving corps for young QB Anu Solomon in Arizona's breakthrough 2014 season," noted Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Browns pegs Jones as the No. 16 wideout in the country. "The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Jones finished with 73 catches for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns, although he did struggle against some of the best opponents on the Wildcats' schedule," Brown wrote. "While he lacks explosive speed, his size and physicality can make him a matchup nightmare." ESPN's Chantel Jennings recently argued that Jones is the Pac-12's best receiver.
Jun 15 - 12:13 AM

Arizona sophomore WR Tyrell Johnson won the bronze at the Pac-12 championships with a 10.41 second 100-meter dash.

As a true freshman, the diminutive Johnson appeared in all 14 games, posting 14 receptions for 120 yards and two scores and 19 yards on three carries. Of course, he was most valuable as a return man, accruing 687 yards on kickoffs (averaged nearly 24 yards per return). He posted a career-high 211 all-purpose yards against Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 5:31 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez is the thirteenth-best head coach in the country, according to NFL Media.

Rodriguez was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year last season. "It is becoming increasingly clear that RichRod's disastrous tenure at Michigan is an aberration to an otherwise sterling record, as he's turned West Virginia and Arizona into winners," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He did a great job keeping the Wildcats afloat while overhauling the roster in his first two seasons with the program, and broke through last year with a division title in one of the toughest leagues around. With help from his staff, Rodriguez's talent for finding diamonds in the rough, like Scooby Wright III -- one of the top defensive players in college football -- for example, is also impressive." RichRod boasts a 146-98-2 career record.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 3 - 6:11 PM

Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright was named to the Phil Steele's preseason All-America first team.

The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Wright recorded a whopping 153 total tackles, with 29 tackles for loss,14 sacks, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2014. The Arizona prospect was a finalist for the Walter Camp Award, and earned his share of honors, winning the Chuck Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Jack Lambert Award and the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Jun 3 - 2:44 PM

Per ESPN's Kyle Bonagura, every Bednarik Award winner since 1998 has been drafted no later than the third round.

Of the 16, eight went 16 in the first round. This is, of course, a good sign for Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright, who won the award last year. "If game tape is a football player's résumé, then Wright is in good shape," Bonagura wrote. The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Wright, who last season recorded 163 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles, also won the Nagurski and Lombardi. Measurables are the only possible concern here.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 1:16 AM

Former Iowa redshirt sophomore OLB John Kenny transferred to Arizona.

Kenny will sit out this season and then two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2016. "Excited to continue chasing my dreams at another great program!" he wrote on Twitter. "Thank you Iowa for blessing me with great friends and countless memories that will last a lifetime. A new journey starts shortly in Tucson." Kenny was a three-star recruit who hadn't yet cracked the top two on the depth chart.
May 31 - 12:59 AM

ESPN's Chantel Jennings argues that Arizona redshirt junior WR Cayleb Jones is the Pac-12's best receiver.

First off, Jennings loves the pieces around Jones in Arizona's high-flying offense, including QB Anu Solomon, RB Nick Wilson and No. 2 WR Samajie Grant. Jennings mentions Nelson Spruce, River Cracraft, Victor Bolden and Jordan Payton as other candidates for the conference's top WR, but finds their resumes lacking by comparison. "All of those players are great receivers, but I just feel like this is Jones’ spot to lose, based on so many things going his way," Jennings wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 8:25 PM

Arizona sophomore RB Nick Wilson "is a serious rushing threat who probably doesn’t get nearly enough credit," notes ESPN's Chantel Jennings.

"The Wildcats lost three starters on their offensive line, but I don’t think that will slow Wilson too much," Jennings wrote. As a true freshman last year, Wilson ran for 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns on a 5.8 YPC average.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 7:48 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Monday
  •  
    Short: How good is LeMahieu?

    Short: How good is LeMahieu?
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Tuesday
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Tuesday

    MLB On The Bump: Tuesday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Monday
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Monday

    MLB On The Bump: Monday
  •  
    Chop

    Chop's MLB 6 Pack: Friday
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Friday

    MLB On The Bump: Friday