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Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright "spends so much time in opponents' offensive backfields, he might as well get his mail there," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Chase Goodbread.

In NFL.com's ranking of the Top-20 players in college football, Wright took spot No. 6. Goodbread's fellow analyst Lance Zierlein notes that the 6-foot-1, 246-pound junior is a "good, not great athlete" who overcomes any physical limitations with sound instincts and a hard competitive streak. Wright was an absolute terror to opposing offense last season, recording 163 tackles, 27 TFL and 15 sacks.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 5:25 PM

USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg believes Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Anu Solomon is "going to develop into the most productive quarterback in program history,"

Although Myerberg praises Solomon, he also thinks that the Arizona QB "needs to bounce back from a disastrous bowl performance against Boise State." Solomon started all 14 games last season, becoming the first freshman ever to start a season opener in the school's history. Last season, Solomon threw for 3,793 yards and 28 touchdowns, earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
Sep 2 - 3:56 PM

Arizona sophomore TE Trevor Wood will miss the 2015 season due to a shoulder injury.

As a freshman, Wood served as a special teams player and blocker in all 14 games played. He didn't catch a pass last season. Out of high school, Rivals rated the 6-foot-5, 251-pounder as the No. 16 tight end in the country.
Source: tucson.com
Aug 29 - 4:11 PM

Arizona redshirt junior LB Cody Ippolito will miss the 2015 season with a torn ACL.

Tough blow for the Wildcats, as Ippolito was a contributor in all 14 games a season ago and was expected to split time at strong side linebacker with Derrick Turituri. Last year, the 6-foot-2, 242-pound redshirt junior recorded 52 tackles (6.5 TFL) and two sacks. Knee injuries are nothing new to Ippolito, who also missed the 2013 season with a knee ailment. HC Rich Rodriguez was understandably a little melancholy, noting that his junior loved to practice and had poured in a nice training camp. Said Rodriguez, "He'll rehab like crazy and hopefully we'll get him back for another year or two playing at a high level."
Source: tucson.com
Aug 29 - 3:29 PM

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright is "the next Luke Kuechly."

While the under-sized Wright continuously gets knocked for his size, he still finished the 2014 season with a whopping 163 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. The 6-foot-1,246-pound junior racked up the hardware, winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award in 2014. Brandt mentioned that Wright "makes plays all over the field for the Wildcats."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 28 - 2:21 PM

Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Anu Solomon could be a 2016 All-American with "improve[ment] [of] his ability to find a second or third target from the pocket," speculates NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Reuter is intrigued by Solomon's hard-soft combination of arm strength and touch. Coupled with the 6-foot-2, 205-pound redshirt sophomore's legs, this could lead to a possible All-American season down the road. He had some predictable hiccups last season (including a two-interception game in a bowl defeat at the hands of Boise State), but still closed out the year with 3,793 pass yards and a 28/9 TD/INT ratio.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 27 - 7:54 PM

AZ Central's Daniel Birk notes that Arizona redshirt sophomore QB Anu Solomon "showed off a stronger arm, an enhanced ability to run Rich Rodriguez's offense."

"Anu was pretty sharp," Rodriguez told AZCentral.com. "I think his arm is a little stronger. I think he's more decisive too, because he's sure of what everyone is doing. It looks crisper at times." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Solomon had a solid first season for the Wildcats, passing for 3,793 yards and 28 touchdowns, averaging 270.9 yards per game in 2014. The sophomore QB has picked up right where he left off from last season, as he threw 4 touchdowns in Arizona's scrimmage.
Aug 25 - 2:44 PM

While Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright "shows great instincts for dealing with the pass and the run," the National Football Post's Eric Saltzman says his tackling and range aren't as good as they're perceived to be.

"The big issue with Wright’s game is his tackling, as he frequently will whiff on the ball carrier, turning a good play for the defense into a big play for the offense," wrote Saltzman. "Also, Wright is not as rangy as some other linebackers in [the country], but is adequate in chasing outside runs or dropping into coverage." TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reported recently that Wright is drawing all sorts of opinions from NFL scouts. He called the 6-foot-1, 246-pound junior "undersized" and a "two-down defender" before concluding he had "limited upside." We think this debate is far from over. Wright's instincts cannot be taught. Prospects with unteachable and unmeasurable attributes tend to go underdrafted and outperform expectations (Teddy Bridgewater is our favorite recent example). It's worth noting that Saltzman thinks Wright could play DE in the NFL because of his strength and athleticism.
Aug 23 - 5:08 PM

NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter wrote that Arizona redshirt senior DE Reggie Gilbert "uses his strength and natural bend to turn the corner as a pass rusher."

Reuter speculated that he could be a "solid late-round strong-side end prospect for 4-3 teams," but his observation of Gilbert's ability to turn the corner runs directly contrary to the words of CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang, who evaluated the lineman in July and concluded that the 6-foot-4, 262-pound redshirt senior "appears to lack the flexibility to run the arc and close around the corner." With just 49 tackles (5.5 for loss), 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble in 2014, Rang's analysis seems to skew closer to the reality of the numbers. Regardless, Gilbert would improve his draft stock if he showed a greater sustained burst this upcoming season.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 20 - 9:51 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that he heard that Arizona OT Freddie Tagaloa is "looking very good."

Tagaloa transferred from Cal to Arizona over the winter. Draft analyst Pauline isn't the only one who's telling us to look out for the 6-foot-8, 300-pound tackle, either, as Sports on Earth's Matt Brown also cited him as a potential breakout player for the upcoming season. Arizona figures to score a ton of points this season and the offense should give Tagaloa a chance to shine.
Aug 19 - 8:18 PM

Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright is drawing a variety of opinions from NFL scouts according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Some scouts absolutely love Scooby, including NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter. Earlier in August, Reuter wrote that the 6-foot-1, 246-pound junior "is both fundamentally sound and fun to watch." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is more cautious, calling Wright "undersized" and a "two-down defender" before driving in the ultimate draft chatter stake with the words "limited upside." CBS Sports' Rob Rang has also voiced concerns about Wright's body, labeling his a "beach build."
Aug 19 - 7:17 PM

Arizona senior WR David Richards is "slightly underrated" in the eyes of TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline likes the senior's size (6-foot-4, 213 pounds) and his hands. As to why Richards might not receive the attention he deserves, the draft analyst pointed out that he "gets lost in the shuffle of Arizona’s receiver rotation." While Pauline doesn't see him getting drafted at this point, he noted that Richards could make a roster as an undrafted free agent. Last season, he caught 23 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown.
Aug 19 - 6:42 PM

Arizona redshirt junior WR Cayleb Jones is a "one gear athlete with limited quickness," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"A lot of people like Cayleb Jones and while he’s a big bodied receiver who wins out in battles Jones is also a one gear athlete with limited quickness," Pauline writes. The Arizona prospect had a solid season for the Wildcats last season, hauling in 73 catches for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns, earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
Aug 19 - 2:33 PM

Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright "is both fundamentally sound and fun to watch," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Reuter ranks Wright as the No. 2 junior draft prospect, a very optimistic projection for a prospect some worry doesn't have next-level measurables. "He can punch off blocks inside to get to running backs, spin off blocks on his way to the quarterback as an outside rusher, or explode through gaps on stretch plays to track down ball carriers trying to get outside," Reuter wrote. "In short, he does it all."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 11 - 7:50 PM

Arizona sophomore WR Tyrell Johnson could be sidelined for a few weeks because of a foot injury.

Beat writer Daniel Birk notes freshman receiver Shun Brown could see more action because of the injury. Head coach Rich Rodriguez previously said Johnson has legit 4.25 speed, and Arizona hopes his recovery will be quick.
Aug 10 - 10:50 AM


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