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Arizona senior RB/WR Samajie Grant had 19 carries for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns in Friday's 56-35 upset win over Arizona State.

What a matchup this was for Grant to close out his collegiate career with. The 5-foot-9, 177-pounder became the newest runner to terrorize Sparky's helpless defense this fall. Grant, who was converted into a running back mid-season because of injuries, topped 110 yards rushing in two of his last three games. In addition to Grant's fine work on Friday, QB Brandon Dawkins rushed for a team-best 183 yards and two scores while Zach Green added 126 yards and two additional touchdowns. As a team, Arizona rushed for 511 yards. With the win, the Wildcats snapped an eight-game losing streak. At 3-9, their 2016 campaign has come to a close.
Nov 26 - 11:42 AM

Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins carried 12 times for a career-high 184 yards (on a career-high 15.3 yards a carry) and two touchdowns in Friday's 56-35 win over Arizona State.

Dawkins went 3-of-8 for 77 yards and a touchdown in the blowout victory in Tucson. The Wildcats abandoned the pass in this one to focus on tormenting its rival's biggest weakness, its shoddy run defense. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Dawkins will again battle Anu Solomon for the job next summer. Dawkins was ineffective through the air -- 1,348 yards and an 8/6 TD/INT rate on 53.8 percent completions -- this season but led the Wildcats with 945 rushing yards on 131 attempts.
Nov 26 - 11:29 AM

During a Tuesday morning meeting of Arizona boosters, AD Greg Byrne said that HC Rich Rodriguez will be returning for the 2017 season.

Byrne is preaching patience with Rodriguez. The Wildcats are currently slogging through a 2-8 campaign. Though to be fair to Rich-Rod, not much you can do when your team's collective health is held together by toothpicks and old gum. Rodriguez holds a 35-23 record in his four seasons at Arizona's helm.
Nov 15 - 1:09 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez says junior RB Nick Wilson (knee) is probably done for the season.

"I don't see any foreseeable comeback for Nick," said RichRod. With running back J.J. Taylor also out for the year, Samajie Grant will take over for Wilson going forward. Wilson had 320 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries (5.8 yards per carry) during this snakebitten campaign. Arizona hosts No. 16 Colorado this weekend.
Source: SB Nation
Nov 7 - 7:20 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon (knee) did not complete any of his three pass attempts in Saturday's 34-10 loss to Stanford.

Solomon finally returned to action on Saturday, but Brandon Dawkins still received the vast bulk of the snaps in the game. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Solomon figures to be eased into action over the next few weeks (unless HC Rich Rodriguez decides to settle on one quarterback or another). He has been rehabbing a knee injury over the last two months. Neither Dawkins nor Solomon makes for an appealing fantasy play at this juncture.
Oct 30 - 12:50 PM

Arizona senior WR Samajie Grant will start at running back in Saturday's game against Stanford.

With CFB's Mr. Glass, Nick Wilson, sidelined due to injury and backup J.J. Taylor also down injured, the Wildcats are going to take something of an unconventional approach to the position on Saturday. "[Grant]’ll be the starter on Saturday. He’s one of our most explosive players. He’s a veteran so he knows the offense," said HC Rich Rodriguez. Rich-Rod indicated that the 5-foot-9, 177-pounder has been practicing as a running back over the past two weeks, as a bye provided a convenient window for him to earn a few more learning reps than he otherwise might have received. He has yet to see an in-game carry this season. As a receiver, Grant holds a 19-251-3 line. For fantasy purposes, owners should monitor Grant's rushing performance this weekend. There is no immediate need to jump to the wire for his services, though.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 28 - 2:32 PM

Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins (concussion) will be available for Saturday's game against Stanford.

Dawkins tweeted last week that he had been medically cleared of the concussion sustained versus Utah on October 8. He did not play against USC in Week 7, but had last week off on bye and that looks to have been enough for him to fully recover from the head injury. With Anu Solomon (knee) also expected to be available this Saturday, Arizona's quarterbacking situation is now in its healthiest state since the season-opener. Just who will draw the start against Stanford remains to be seen. Both quarterbacks could potentially earn snaps in that one.
Oct 25 - 6:47 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon (knee) will be available for Saturday's game against Stanford.

Solomon has not seen the field since the first week of the field. He was finally able to return to practice last week, though, and HC Rich Rodriguez indicated that the 6-foot-2, 205-pound gunslinger would be available come Saturday. The same can be said for Brandon Dawkins (concussion), though, so this remains a fluid situation. Both quarterbacks could potentially see action against the Cardinal. We would steer clear of this entire situation for fantasy purposes, at least in the short term.
Oct 25 - 6:16 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez said that junior RB Nick Wilson (knee) will miss an "extended period of time."

Once again, Wilson's health (or lack thereof) has managed to rob the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder of a full season. He missed time due to ankle injury earlier in the campaign and has rushed for just 320 yards and three touchdowns across five games. It has been a long, hard fall for Wilson since he rushed for 1,375 yards and 16 scores in 2014. Arizona finishes out the 2016 season with games against Stanford, Washington State, Colorado, Oregon State and Arizona State.
Oct 25 - 12:46 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday.

Solomon has not seen the field since the season-opener against BYU. With the Wildcats off on bye this weekend, Solomon's playing status for Arizona's next game -- an October 29 date with Stanford -- will be determined closer to kick-off. Fellow quarterback Brandon Dawkins (concussion) has also practiced this week. Depending on how HC Rich Rodriguez wants to play this, both young gentlemen could potentially see action against the Cardinal in that pre-Halloween contest. Assuming their collective health checks out a little over a week from now, of course.
Oct 20 - 3:36 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez said that junior RB Nick Wilson has suffered a new injury, one which will likely sideline him for multiple weeks.

Specific details as to the nature of this new impediment are not available at this time. After posting 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014, Wilson's body has turned on him. He played in just nine games last season due to injury and ankle issues have forced him out of two contests already in 2016. Through parts of five games, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder has rushed for 320 yards and three touchdowns. It is not known when Wilson might be able to return to action, but given that October is winding down, he will need a relatively speedy recovery from this new ailment if he is to play again this season. Arizona could use him, too. The Wildcats currently sit at 2-5.
Oct 20 - 1:41 PM

Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins (concussion) tweeted that he has been medically cleared to play.

Arizona is off on bye this weekend, so Dawkins should be fresh come their next game, an October 29 hosting of Stanford. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound redshirt sophomore was sidelined by a concussion against Utah two weekends ago and was not healthy enough to give it a go in Saturday's loss to USC. The Wildcats will need to win four of their final five games if they want to reach bowl eligibility this season. If they are to have any shot of that (unlikely) required surge, a healthy Dawkins is a must.
Oct 18 - 5:03 PM

Arizona true freshman QB Khalil Tate completed 7-of-18 passes for 58 yards and an interception while rushing for 46 yards and a score in Saturday's 48-14 loss to USC.

Tate drew the start -- his first at the collegiate level -- due to Brandon Dawkins (ribs) being sidelined. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound freshman played like just that on Saturday. Outside of his three-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter, there was little to celebrate in the blowout loss.
Oct 15 - 7:59 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon (knee) is doubtful for Saturday's game against USC.

Same old, same old for Solomon, who has not played since the first week of the season. Either Brandon Dawkins (concussion) or Khalil Tate will start against the Trojans on Saturday. With October whittled away by half and Arizona halfway home for the regular season, it is still unknown when Solomon might even be a possibility for game action.
Oct 14 - 3:47 PM

Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Dawkins (concussion) is listed as questionable in advance of Saturday's game against USC.

Dawkins has been banged up in consecutive contests, now. He suffered a rib injury in a loss to UCLA two weekends ago. That was not enough to keep the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from playing against Utah last Saturday, but he subsequently sustained a concussion in the contest and was unable to finish the game. Should he be officially ruled out for Saturday's game, freshman Khalil Tate would draw the start. Arizona is just 2-4 this season and is currently plummeting down the elevator shaft courtesy of a three-game losing streak.
Oct 14 - 2:44 PM


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