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Arizona redshirt senior OL Freddie Tagaloa has set school records with a 475 pound max bench and 38 reps at 225 pounds.

"He's a bad man," said former Arizona star LB Scooby Wright. "He also has that first one in/last one out mentality." The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Tagaloa, a former four-star recruit, started seven games at California in 2013 before transferring over. He's being scouted by the NFL.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 30 - 1:50 PM

Pro Football Focus asserts that Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon, currently battling for the starting gig, was "clearly Arizona’s best player last year."

Solomon boasts the ninth-best returning passing grade in the FBS, including No. 1 in the Pac-12. Despite a perception of great struggle, Solomon went 36-of-57 for nine touchdowns and just one interception on throws between 11-20 yards downfield last year. Sophomore Brandon Dawkins has shown more promise on the ground, averaging 10.3 yards per carry last year compared to Solomon's 5.3, but Solomon, to PFF, "is clearly one of the better passers in the country and there are very few teams on which he would not start." This situation will resolve itself, but not until late next month.
Jul 26 - 6:58 PM

Arizona grayshirt freshman G Keenan Walker was arrested for assault on July 10.

Walker and another man (both under 21) attempted to gain entry to the Dakota Bar in Scottsdale. When they weren't allowed access to the speakeasy, they (per the police report) "assaulted the security staff and created a disturbance at the entrance to the club." Walker and his companion were subsequently booked and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Arizona is aware of the incident, but no discipline has been levied as of yet, at least none that is known publicly. Walker ranked as the No. 91 overall prospect for the 2015 cycle by ESPN's metrics.
Jul 20 - 1:39 PM

Arizona received a commitment from three-star 2017 ATH Darrian McNeal.

McNeal plays quarterback at Armwood High School (Florida), but Scout.com's team sees him shifting over to slot wideout once he hits college. The outlet notes that the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder is "an explosive, home-run hitter [who] has the ability to make defenders look silly" due to his shiftiness and ability to "shake and bake[e]." Because McNeal lacks experience at receiver, he figures to be something of a project in the early going.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 17 - 2:58 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez said that redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon and redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins will split first-team reps to start during August camp.

"I’m not typical where I think you have to name a starter. We treat the quarterback position pretty much like the rest of them," Rodriguez said, "just compete and play the best guy at the time." In five games last season, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Dawkins completed 20-of-38 passes for 338 yards and a 2/2 TD/INT ratio. He also showcased a nice ground element to his game in rushing for 179 yards (5.6 YPC) and a pair of touchdowns. "Athletically, [Solomon and Dawkins are] pretty similar. They're pretty close. I hope both of them prove that we can win with them and we'll play both of them throughout the year," Rodriguez said.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 16 - 7:23 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez indicated that redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon still has gains to make with his on-field consistency.

"Certainly health is an issue with that," Rodriguez said, "but there are so many more things that we can do in our offense if the quarterback can handle it mentally, and [Solomon] can handle a lot mentally, and we're going to put more on him." Rich-Rod would not go so far as to name the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder a starter for 2016, as he has been impressed by the work of sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins and wants to see both players compete for the gig come August. He told reporters that the two young men will split first-team reps initially. No slight on Dawkins, but it would be a surprise if Solomon is carrying a clipboard when Arizona kicks off against BYU on September 3.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 16 - 6:05 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez indicated that he would support expanding the CFB Playoff field to six or eight teams.

"I could see a lot of circumstances where the Pac-12 champion has two losses. If we win the Pac-12," Rodriguez said, "we have two losses and we miss the Playoff, I'll be a little pissed off. But not really, because we want to win the league. And that's where expansion to six or eight teams makes sense." Perhaps Rich-Rod has just read a sampling of the summer headlines. The Pac-12, as a conference, is not receiving much preseason Playoff buzz beyond token dark-horse mentions for Stanford, Washington and UCLA.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 15 - 3:46 PM

Three-star 2017 S Rhedi Short committed to Arizona.

Short told Rivals that he opted for the July commitment because he would like to focus on his preparation for his senior season at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is intrigued by Zona's schemes. "They told me about the coverages they run and that they run three safeties on the field," he said. "So, as soon as they said that that already caught my eye." Short ranks as Rivals' No. 33 safety prospect for the 2017 cycle. Arizona has now reeled in commitments from 17 players.
Source: Rivals
Jul 4 - 12:19 PM

A Pac-12 offensive coach doesn't think Arizona's defense will change much with former Boise State DC Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator.

Rich Rodriguez replaced DC Jeff Casteel with Yates over the winter after a disastrous 2015. "I think Jeff was in a bad spot with all of the injuries they had," the coach said. "I know Boise State did a lot of base nickel stuff, which fits in with what Arizona was doing before. From a scheme standpoint, I don't think there will be a huge overhaul."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 6:35 PM

When asked about Arizona's darkhorse odds of winning the Pac-12 South, a Pac-12 offensive coach said, "I wouldn't count [HC Rich Rodriguez] out."

"He kept the team together last season with that schedule and those injuries, and they still went to a bowl game," the coach said. The last four years have seen four different South champions. Arizona was that champion in 2014.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 4:29 PM

An anonymous Pac-12 offensive coach believes Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon will bounce back this season.

"I'm not sure if you want to call it a sophomore slump, but he wasn't the same player last year as he was in 2014," the coach said. "I don't know if it was the guys around him or their schedule. He's good enough, and that offense is good enough, that he can be really productive if he bounces back." There is a perception out there that Solomon's 2015 was a disaster, but that's not really true. Like many of his teammates, Solomon struggled with injuries. Despite all that, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder threw for 2,655 yards (62.35 completions) with a 20/5 TD/INT ratio and earned Pro Football Focus' No. 9 passing grade among returning quarterbacks in 2015. Expect great improvement this fall.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 4:58 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon earned Pro Football Focus' No. 9 passing grade among returning quarterbacks in 2015.

"His consistency was outstanding, earning zero negative passing grades all season long," PFF's Jeff Dooley wrote. Solomon went 36-of-57 for 601 yards and a 9/1 TD/INT rate on intermediate throws between 10-19 yards. "The only red flag is that Solomon was extremely reliant on play-action fakes," Dooley wrote. Solomon finished with the fifth-highest percentage of play-action throws. His completion percentage on those throws was 20 points higher than on throws without play-action, "by far the biggest disparity in the country," per Dooley.
Jun 20 - 7:12 PM

Arizona redshirt senior WR Trey Griffey was selected in the 24th round of the MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Trey, Ken Griffey Jr.'s son, has not played baseball in a competitive manner since before high school, so the gesture is only to honor Ken, who wore No. 24. Griffey caught 11 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown last season, with a foot injury keeping him sidelined for all but six games.
Jun 13 - 10:32 AM

ESPN's Ted Miller wrote that Arizona redshirt senior WR Trey Griffey "could become an A-list, No. 1 receiver" if he can maintain his health.

Miller was examining how the Wildcats might replace Cayleb Jones, who went undrafted before latching on with the Eagles as an UDFA. Griffey caught 11 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown last season, with a foot injury robbing him of all but six games. If he can stay healthy in 2016, though, "[h]is 6-foot-3, 209-pound frame figures to make him a prime red zone target this fall," Miller noted, "as he owns the most Jones-like dimensions. He's Arizona's biggest receiver and he doesn't lack athleticism." If nothing else, he is working out of a high-profile gene pool. His dad is Ken Griffey Jr..
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 1:48 PM

ESPN's David Lombardi believes Arizona's most indispensable player is junior RB Nick Wilson.

Quarterbacks are not eligible for this distinction. Lombardi notes the difference in Arizona's success from 2014 to 2015, a season where Wilson played a pivotal one versus an injury-riddled campaign. Wilson appeared in just nine games last year due to foot and knee injuries. Compare that 2014 season (1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns) to his sophomore season (736 yards (5.5 YPC) and eight touchdowns), and Lombardi's point on Wilson makes sense.
Source: ESPN
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