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NFL Media pegs Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright as the frontrunner to win the Bednarik Award.

The award, given to the nation's top defender, was given to a familiar face in 2014. "Wright is the defending winner and has as good a chance as anyone to take home the honor in 2015," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. NFL Media also lists CB Vernon Hargreaves III and DE Joey Bosa as the other top contenders. "This award has been known to go to a defensive back at times, most recently back-to-back winners from LSU (Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu), so another big year from Hargreaves could have UF's lockdown cornerback squarely in contention late in the year," wrote Goodbread.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 7:41 PM

Arizona redshirt freshman OL Jordan Poland, a former four-star recruit, was arrested and dismissed from the team.

Poland was charged with one count of suspicion of selling stolen property, allegedly a microphone. The redshirt freshman was not expected to start, but likely would have filled a backup role.
Jul 23 - 1:11 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown submits Arizona OT Freddie Tagaloa as a potential breakout start in 2015.

If Brown is right, Tagaloa is going to be a sought-after draft commodity. The massive 6-foot-8 Tagaloa, a former four-star recruit, started seven games at Cal in 2013 before losing his starting job. That news prompted a transfer to Arizona, where he reunited with offensive line coach Jim Michalczik. Per Brown, Tagaloa "has taken hold of the starting left tackle job in an otherwise experienced Arizona offense that should be poised for big things with the skill-position core returning in Rich Rodriguez's prolific scheme."
Jul 22 - 7:01 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Arizona redshirt senior DE Reggie Gilbert "could project to a stand-up rusher role if he shows greater burst this season."

"Gilbert appears to lack the flexibility to run the arc and close around the corner. He does show decent acceleration once moving forward, as well as the balance and agility to slide laterally to corral ball-carriers at the point of attack. He was occasionally asked to play off the line of scrimmage in the two point stance in 2015 and could project to a stand-up rusher role if he shows greater burst this season," Rang wrote. The Arizona prospect recorded 49 tackles, including 31 solo stops, with 5.5 tackles for a loss, 3.0 sacks, one pass broken up and one forced fumble last season. In his three years in Tuscon, Gilbert has 44 games under his belt, with 34 starts on his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 3:12 PM

Arizona redshirt junior WR Cayleb Jones "looks the part of an NFL receiver, boasting a package of height, long arms and surprising fluidity," CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.

"Jones looks the part of an NFL receiver, boasting a package of height, long arms and surprising fluidity (given his size) that makes him tough for defensive backs to handle. Though possessing only fair straight-line speed, Jones shows good initial quickness off the line of scrimmage to get his opponent turning. He collects the ball cleanly and shows vision, balance and strength to fight through arm tackles to gain additional yardage after the catch," Rang wrote. Jones comes from good NFL bloodlines, as his father Robert, had a 10-year career playing linebacker. Jones is also the nephew of former pro quarterback Jeff Blake. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Jones was one of the best wideouts in the Pac-12, recording 73 catches for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 2:42 PM

Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright "does not possess an ideal build for the position, and "possesses a bit of a beach build," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"Though listed at a prototypical inside linebacker size of six foot, 246 pounds, Wright does not possess an ideal build for the position. He possesses a bit of a "beach build" with a relatively slim lower half which causes him to struggle to anchor. His production was inflated by spinning off would-be blockers and tracking down ball-carriers in pursuit, as well the action being funneled to him in Arizona's unique 3-3-5 spread defensive alignment," Rang wrote. While the 6-foot-1, 246-pounder continuously gets knocked for his size, he still finished the 2014 season with 163 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. Wright cleaned up on the awards, winning the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik awards last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 22 - 2:09 PM

Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright "does it all" but still has some warts as a prospect, notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The analyst discussed how the 6-foot-1, 246-pound Wright's frame isn't ideal for an NFL prospect. That said, he's smitten with the prospect's tape. "His nose for the ball and explosion on contact are both fundamentally sound and fun to watch," Reuter wrote. "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." He thinks Wright is a prime candidate for All-American honors at linebacker. Wright won the Nagurski, Lombardi and Bednarik awards last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 21 - 7:31 PM

Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright "is incredibly decisive and generally reliable as a tackler" and his 2015 numbers figure to match his insane output from last year, predicts NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"The champ is here! When it comes to productivity, nobody in college football touches Wright, who won the triple crown of awards for college front-seven players -- Bronko Nagurski, Lombardi and Chuck Bednarik -- last season," Zierlein wrote. "Wright finished 2014 with 163 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 15 sacks thanks to a defense that allowed him to unleash his natural, attacking field demeanor." The analyst ranked the 6-foot-1, 246-pound Wright as the No. 3 linebacker currently generating interest from NFL scouts. "While Wright isn't the most athletic linebacker you'll see, he more than makes up for it with his elite instincts and quickness to beat blockers to the spot," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 9:00 PM

Arizona junior ILB Scooby Wright is an overrated prospect who "needs a stout defensive line in front of him that occupies blockers and keeps him clean," according to With the First Pick's Jon Dove.

"Wright is a playmaker who consistently racks up a large number of tackles," Dove wrote. "He uses his instincts and feel for the game to put himself in proper position. However, he lacks the size evaluators look for in an NFL linebacker." That said, the 6-foot-1, 246-pound Wright is a terror on the collegiate gridiron, posting 163 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles last year. "Wright has a tough time getting off blocks and will get eaten up by offensive linemen who quickly get to the second level," Dove wrote. "He’s the type of player who will only excel if he’s in the right system."
Jul 13 - 11:44 PM

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


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