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Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez said that sophomore WR Tyrell Johnson is "going to play a lot more running back than he did previously."

Johnson's bar to hurdle for carries here is low low low. Over the last two seasons, he's carried the ball just nine total times (five in 2015). The 5-foot-7, 160-pounder had just four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown this past season, but he oozes speed and could be a factor in 2016 if he's able to grab those touches Rodriguez is dangling out there. They're looking to replace senior RB Jared Baker, who rushed for 1,109 yards and 12 touchdowns on 203 carries during the 2015 campaign.
Feb 11 - 6:58 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Connaghan believes that Arizona LB Scooby Wright's "extremely productive 2014 campaign should ensure he garners attention [in the draft]."

Wright was hit hard by the injury bug during the 2015 campaign and ultimately played in just three games. The 6-foot-1, 238-pounder at least managed to exit his collegiate career on a high note, though, logging 12 tackles against New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl. Toss 2015 out as a lost season and you're left with the 2014 campaign, in which Wright destroyed the universe to the tune of 164 tackles (31 for loss), 15 sacks and five forced fumbles. His NFL Scouting Combine performance is going to be crucial, as analysts are already raising questions on his "measurables." To that point, he's been actively attempting to lose weight since the season ended (and has shed 16-18 pounds) as he looks to improve his speed in the 40 and such.
Feb 8 - 2:28 PM

Arizona signed four-star G Michael Eletise.

Eletise is the only player on the ESPN 300 that Arizona managed to sign (he checks in at No. 161). Predictably, they finished out with just the 51st best recruiting class for this cycle by Rivals' metrics. Of their 18 fresh faces, just two received more than three stars. As for the 6-foot-3, 313-pound Eletise, ESPN's scouting department sees the Hawaii native as a "prospect [who] doesn't just jump out in any one particular way, but a very good and well-rounded big man [who] brings good tools to be a real productive interior college player."
Feb 6 - 1:05 PM

Cal graduate LB Michael Barton transferred to Arizona.

Barton announced his transfer via Twitter. The 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker had a down season in 2015 due to injury and general inconsistency, but in 2014, he registered 80 tackles (8.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks on his way to earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He's entering a nice situation, at least in terms of playing time. Scooby Wright's heading to the draft while fellow linebackers Derrick Turituri, Cody Ippolito and Jake Matthews have all dealt with their fair share of injuries.
Jan 31 - 7:20 PM

NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter has the Dolphins selecting Arizona LB Scooby Wright with the 38th pick in a recent four-round mock draft.

Four rounds is a lot of rounds for a January mock draft, but these are the times we live in today. Wright's already dropped 16-18 pounds this offseason and measures out at 6-foot-1, 238 pounds. The Wildcat legend has dropped the weight in advance of February's combine as he looks to overcome the "lack of measurables" tag. Reuter thinks he'll fall near the top of the second round, though it's difficult to make a true projection until Wright's made his combine showing. Expect to hear his name more and more in draft talk as the weeks pass.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 30 - 5:43 PM

Arizona LB Scooby Wright has lost 16 pounds in training over the last three weeks.

Wright finished the season playing at 254 pounds, but has dropped down to 238 while training with Pete Bommarito in Miami. One of the key changes for the NFL-hopeful has come in his diet, as he's switched over to a low-carb plan and banished bread from his meals. His efforts to cut weight are tied to the combine, where his results could dictate whether he manages to crack the second round of this spring's draft. Said Wright, "I know what I can do. I’m not stressing out about [the pundits], but I am working my tail off."
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 21 - 4:06 PM

Arizona hired Boise State DC Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator.

Yates is coming off a successful two-year run as boss of the Broncos' defense. Boise State held opponents to 4.86 yards per play in 2015, ranking No. 20, and 5.24 yards per play in 2014, ranking No. 39. Over those years, S&P+ ranked BSU's defenses 32nd (2015) and 38th (2014).
Jan 18 - 12:40 PM

Arizona hired San Jose State secondary coach Donte Williams to serve as a defensive assistant coach.

Williams had been with San Jose State for the last three seasons. In addition to his defensive prowess, he's also known as a skilled recruiter. Not just by reputation, either. Last February, Sports Illustrated tabbed him as one of the 10 best recruiters in the country. HC Rich Rodriguez addressed the hire and said, "[Williams] is a bright, young coach that is an outstanding evaluator of talent and someone who has shown he can develop players. He will bring an energy on and off the field that will have an immediate impact on our program."
Jan 17 - 2:36 PM

Arizona S Will Parks accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

This past season, Parks recorded 76 tackles (7.0 for loss), seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles. The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder was even more productive in the TFL column in 2014, when he lived in the backfield to the tune of 13 stops for loss.
Jan 17 - 2:23 PM

Arizona has fired DC Jeff Casteel and DL coach Bill Kirelawich.

HC Rich Rodriguez is overhauling his staff and two familiar faces are being shuffled out the door. Casteel has more than 30 years of coaching experience. In the recent past, he served as DC for West Virginia from 2003-2011 before joining Arizona's staff in 2012. Kirelawich has been with Arizona for the last four seasons. Prior to that, he had acted as West Virginia's DC for three decades. This past season, Arizona ranked 114th in total defense and 107th in points allowed.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 4 - 4:51 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Derek Harper noted that Arizona redshirt junior WR Cayleb Jones "will need to perform well in pre-draft workouts and interviews to rise up draft boards."

Jones finished the 2015 campaign having caught 55 passes for 904 yards and five touchdowns, including a marvelous 4-182-1 performance against New Mexico in the Wildcats' 45-37 bowl win last week. While he has prototypical size at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang's noted that he "lacks elite straight-line speed and does not always take full advantage of his height." He'll need to perform well through the pre-draft process if he wants to crack the later rounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 07:14:00 PM

Arizona redshirt junior WR Cayleb Jones will declare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jones capped his collegiate career with four catches for 182 yards and a touchdown in the school's bowl game. Those who are interested in the receiver's pro future will fixate on Jones' size throughout the process, and there are flashes where Jones uses that 6'3/215 lbs frame to win in contested situations. Jones transferred from Texas after his freshman season.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 09:10:00 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that Arizona junior LB Scooby Wright "boasts terrific instincts--consistently timing the snap count to squeeze through gaps to make plays behind the line of scrimmage."

In addition to his instincts, Rang notes that Wright also shows "active hands and keen spacial awareness." Due to injury, the 6-foot-1, 246-pound junior was limited to three games in 2015. He single-handedly destroyed New Mexico on Saturday, logging 15 tackles (3.5 for loss) and a pair of sacks in Arizona's 45-37 New Mexico Bowl victory. After the game, Wright declared for the 2016 NFL Draft. Opinions have varied as to where, exactly, he'll fall in said draft. A selection in the second or third round feels most logical at this point, though he could fall further back if teams are scared off by his lack of measurables.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 09:15:00 PM

Per NFL.com draft analyst Chase Goodbread, Arizona redshirt junior WR Cayleb Jones has "the size NFL clubs look for at the position."

Jones checks in at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. If Saturday's performance in the New Mexico Bowl was his last game at the collegiate level, he certainly gave scouts a nice final impression with his 4-182-1 receiving line in Arizona's 45-37 victory over New Mexico. He hasn't declared for the draft yet, but an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board will be forthcoming.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 12:43:00 AM

Following Arizona's 45-37 win over New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl, junior LB Scooby Wright announced he would enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Wright went out in style, recording 15 tackles (3.5 TFL) and two sacks. Counting the New Mexico Bowl, the stalwart 6-foot-1, 246-pound junior's played in just three games this season due to knee and foot injuries. In a healthy 2014, he played like a superhero, logging 163 tackles (29 TFL), 14 sacks and six forced fumbles. He's a potential first or second round selection in this spring's draft, though several analysts including TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, believe that he's more likely to fall in the middle rounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 07:30:00 PM


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