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Arizona sophomore S Scottie Young has been suspended for the team's opener against BYU.

Young (5'11/195) is almost past what's been extensive disciplinary measure following his arrest on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge last September. That incident was said to occur during an argument with his girlfriend, with Young admitting that he grabbed her wrists because he feared that she was going to physically attack him. The woman claims that he also spit on her. While former Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez turned his back on the case and did not issue punishment at the time -- this despite a supposed zero-tolerance policy toward domestic violence -- there's been no free ride under new HC Kevin Sumlin, who moved to suspend Young after he was hired in January. Young was banned from spring and summer football activities, but rejoined the team for Saturday's practice session. During his true freshman campaign a year ago, the safety registered a hearty 53 tackles while working as a nine-game starter. Jarrius Wallace, Isaiah Hayes and Christian Young will be his main competition.
Aug 11 - 3:42 PM

Arizona sophomore RB Nathan Tilford to split carries with junior RB J.J. Taylor.

Taylor will likely see the bulk of the work after recording the most carries last season besides QB Khalil Tate. Tilford will look to soak up the majority of the 128 carries left behind by Nick Wilson. The former four-star recruit flashed in his minuscule sample size of 13 carries, racking up 9.3 yards per carry.
Aug 6 - 9:04 PM

Arizona senior WR Shun Brown recorded a 53.3 percent catch rate on passes longer than 20 yards, the best among returning Pac-12 wide receivers.

Brown (5'8/174) was the Wildcats leading receiver in 2017, recording 43 receptions for 573 yards and six touchdowns. He also played a big role on special teams as a punt-returner and scored two touchdowns. With electric QB Khalil Tate returning, Brown will look to build on his success in 2017.
Aug 5 - 1:54 PM

UNLV redshirt senior CB Tim Hough transferred to Arizona.

Hough (5'11/185) looked to be on his way to Oregon -- that was being reported in April -- but apparently had an about-face and has since popped up on Arizona's official roster. He started 17 of the 36 games that he played while at UNLV, including a nine-game starting stint during the 2015 season in which he tied the program freshman record with four interceptions. That was his most active season in the program. He should be able to compete for a rotational role in HC Kevin Sumlin's secondary when camp boots up shortly.
Aug 1 - 3:31 PM

Arizona AD Dave Heeke said of sophomore QB Khalil Tate's comments this offseason over a potential hire of Navy HC Ken Niumatalolo, "We were in conversations with [players] (during the entire process)."

Following Arizona's winter firing of HC Rich Rodriguez, the team was reportedly eyeing a serious run at Niumatalolo. Tate was not having that, at all, taking to Twitter to write that he "didn't come to Arizona to run the [triple] option." Speaking during Wednesday's Pac-12 Media Day, Heeke said, "Speculating and hypothesizing about the decision-making process, without any knowledge of it is, in my opinion, inappropriate and unfounded." His comments essentially put this whole odd matter to rest, though the concept of Tate in a triple-option really is one of the more fun thought experiments you can run. We expect him to flourish under new HC Kevin Sumlin regardless.
Jul 26 - 12:42 PM

The Arizona Daily Star's Michael Lev passes along that Arizona sophomore WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is not listed on the 2018 roster.

Johnson (6'1/195) transferred over to Arizona this winter after a flat-lined start to his career at Nebraska, with the four-star receiver leaving the Cornhuskers last summer to work on his mindset and maturity following a May citation for marijuana possession. Just what his status might be with Arizona at this juncture remains murky, but there's been no indication that he's gotten into any sort of trouble since transferring over. Expect a little more detail on this situation when Wildcats HC Kevin Sumlin speaks with writers during the Pac-12 Media Day.
Jul 25 - 4:49 PM

The Athletic's Shawn Walters lists Arizona redshirt senior WR Shawn Poindexter as the most intriguing wideout on the Wildcats' roster.

Poindexter came on strong for the Wildcats at the end of the year, catching five passes for 71 yards and scoring a touchdown in the Foster Farms Bowl. He was granted another year of eligibility in December, and he was quarterback Khalil Tate's favorite target in the spring game; catching five passes in that affair. At 6-foot-5, Poindexter has the size to go get jump balls, and he could have a breakout year in 2018.
Jul 23 - 12:59 PM

Arizona received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 WR Jalen Johnson.

Johnson was also considering Oregon State, Utah, and Colorado State; and had interest -- but not offers -- from USC and UCLA. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound wideout was a standout at the Opening regional camp; running a 4.55 second 40 yard dash and posting a 37-inch vertical. Expect Johnson's recruitment to pick up over the summer and fall, but for now, he's an intriguing get for Kevin Sumlin and the Arizona offense.
Jul 15 - 10:45 AM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill compared Arizona four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Grant Gunnell to Stanford QB K.J. Costello.

"Both Costello and Gunnell have high, over-the-top releases and are pocket players with good feet," Luginbill writes. He believes that the 6-foot-6, 206-pounder is "as good a passer, if not better, than what Arizona currently has on its roster." That would include starter Khalil Tate, who is hell-on-wheels as a runner but still has work to do in his development as a passing threat (though he flashed on plenty of occasions last season). In the ESPN 300, Gunnell ranks as the No. 182 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Jun 8 - 3:32 PM

Arizona received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell.

Gunnell (6'6/207) makes for the biggest commitment yet in HC Kevin Sumlin's developing outfit down in the desert. He was also seriously considering Ohio State and Cal. 247Sports analyst Steve Wiltfong writes that the newest baby Wildcat brings to the table "pocket presence, anticipation and marksmanship to all levels of the field." We're typically reticent to throw around high school numbers -- they just aren't that informative to a college development in many cases -- but Gunnell's are shiny enough to warrant notice. As a high school junior in 2017, he threw for 4,936 yards with a silly 61/6 TD/INT ratio. The 247Sports composite board sees him into fray at No. 97 overall in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 7 - 5:01 PM

The Daily Wildcats' Rob Kleifield compared Arizona sophomore LB Colin Schooler to former program star Scooby Wright.

"With cat-like reflexes and high-level play recognition, Schooler is primed to lead Arizona’s defense into the new era," Kleifield writes, noting that like Wright previously, the 6-foot, 226-pound Schooler plays bigger than his relatively diminutive size. The linebacker was named Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2017 -- an award previously won by Wright -- after he logged 96 tackles (13.5 for loss), four sacks and two interceptions for the campaign.
Jun 1 - 3:39 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Texas A&M sophomore OL Robert Congel has transferred to Arizona.

Score a depth add for HC Kevin Sumlin. Congel (6'3/315) walked on to the Aggies last year and went on to play in five games as a true freshman. Because he was not ever on scholarship with the program, it's possible that he'll be allowed immediate eligibility at Arizona. Stay tuned on that front. The sophomore lineman had been working as a backup center during spring practice in College Station. While this might not be an earth-shaking transfer, Arizona is very thin on the offensive line -- it might be their thinnest position group -- and every little bit helps, though obviously the immediate impact of the transfer will depend on whether the NCAA allows Congel to suit up with his new squad this autumn.
Source: 247Sports
May 30 - 12:51 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell said that the three favorites for his pledge are Arizona, Ohio State and Cal.

We already knew that Rivals' No. 70 overall prospect in the class was keen on Arizona and Ohio State, but Cal's something of a fresh face. The 6-foot-6, 207-pound Gunnell visited the program in April and told Rivals that he's intrigued by their recent quarterbacking pedigree with Davis Webb and Jared Goff. Looks like Oklahoma State -- who had been considered a player for his signature -- might be taking a step back in this equation. We're most interested in his potentially landing with Arizona, as one of the key questions with the hire of HC Kevin Sumlin is just how much he can boost the Wildcats' recruiting profile. Rich Rodriguez's final recruiting class down in the desert finished at a limp No. 53 on the Rivals team rankings board.
Source: Rivals
May 29 - 2:18 PM

Rivals analyst Nick Krueger passes along that Arizona has made "the late charge in [uncommitted four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell's] recruitment."

Both Krueger and outlet recruiting director Mike Farrell view the Wildcats as a legitimate player to pick up Gunnell's pledge even in the face of heavy-hitter Ohio State and perpetual Big 12 contender Oklahoma State. Farrell writes that the 6-foot-6, 207-pound signal-caller is "a guy who fits what [Arizona HC Kevin] Sumlin wants to do offensively and he has a good relationship with the coaching staff, there so there’s a comfort level." Gunnell -- a former Texas A&M pledge -- ranks as Rivals' No. 70 overall prospect in the 2019 class. Given his previous connection to Sumlin when the coach was in College Station, his would be a nice commitment to help push Arizona on their way as they attempt to gain traction on the recruiting front in Sumlin's first year at the helm of the ship.
Source: Rivals
May 24 - 11:53 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 QB Grant Gunnell has taken official visits to Ohio State and Arizona over the past few weeks.

Gunnell (6'6/207) plans on making his commitment later this summer, around the time of the Elite 11 Finals. In addition to the Buckeyes and Wildcats, the Houston native is considering Cal, Oklahoma State and LSU. We like where his head's at, as he's interested in programs that do not have a starter locked in for the 2019 season as of yet. Gunnell's game is predicated on pinpoint accuracy more than a bazooka of an arm. We do believe he'll be able to up the arm strength by degrees once he hits the collegiate ranks. Rivals ranks the signal-caller as the No. 70 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
May 10 - 1:31 PM


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