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A Pac-12 offensive coach doesn't think Arizona's defense will change much with former Boise State DC Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator.

Rich Rodriguez replaced DC Jeff Casteel with Yates over the winter after a disastrous 2015. "I think Jeff was in a bad spot with all of the injuries they had," the coach said. "I know Boise State did a lot of base nickel stuff, which fits in with what Arizona was doing before. From a scheme standpoint, I don't think there will be a huge overhaul."
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 6:35 PM

When asked about Arizona's darkhorse odds of winning the Pac-12 South, a Pac-12 offensive coach said, "I wouldn't count [HC Rich Rodriguez] out."

"He kept the team together last season with that schedule and those injuries, and they still went to a bowl game," the coach said. The last four years have seen four different South champions. Arizona was that champion in 2014.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 4:29 PM

An anonymous Pac-12 offensive coach believes Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon will bounce back this season.

"I'm not sure if you want to call it a sophomore slump, but he wasn't the same player last year as he was in 2014," the coach said. "I don't know if it was the guys around him or their schedule. He's good enough, and that offense is good enough, that he can be really productive if he bounces back." There is a perception out there that Solomon's 2015 was a disaster, but that's not really true. Like many of his teammates, Solomon struggled with injuries. Despite all that, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder threw for 2,655 yards (62.35 completions) with a 20/5 TD/INT ratio and earned Pro Football Focus' No. 9 passing grade among returning quarterbacks in 2015. Expect great improvement this fall.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 4:58 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Anu Solomon earned Pro Football Focus' No. 9 passing grade among returning quarterbacks in 2015.

"His consistency was outstanding, earning zero negative passing grades all season long," PFF's Jeff Dooley wrote. Solomon went 36-of-57 for 601 yards and a 9/1 TD/INT rate on intermediate throws between 10-19 yards. "The only red flag is that Solomon was extremely reliant on play-action fakes," Dooley wrote. Solomon finished with the fifth-highest percentage of play-action throws. His completion percentage on those throws was 20 points higher than on throws without play-action, "by far the biggest disparity in the country," per Dooley.
Jun 20 - 7:12 PM

Arizona redshirt senior WR Trey Griffey was selected in the 24th round of the MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners.

Trey, Ken Griffey Jr.'s son, has not played baseball in a competitive manner since before high school, so the gesture is only to honor Ken, who wore No. 24. Griffey caught 11 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown last season, with a foot injury keeping him sidelined for all but six games.
Jun 13 - 10:32 AM

ESPN's Ted Miller wrote that Arizona redshirt senior WR Trey Griffey "could become an A-list, No. 1 receiver" if he can maintain his health.

Miller was examining how the Wildcats might replace Cayleb Jones, who went undrafted before latching on with the Eagles as an UDFA. Griffey caught 11 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown last season, with a foot injury robbing him of all but six games. If he can stay healthy in 2016, though, "[h]is 6-foot-3, 209-pound frame figures to make him a prime red zone target this fall," Miller noted, "as he owns the most Jones-like dimensions. He's Arizona's biggest receiver and he doesn't lack athleticism." If nothing else, he is working out of a high-profile gene pool. His dad is Ken Griffey Jr..
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 1:48 PM

ESPN's David Lombardi believes Arizona's most indispensable player is junior RB Nick Wilson.

Quarterbacks are not eligible for this distinction. Lombardi notes the difference in Arizona's success from 2014 to 2015, a season where Wilson played a pivotal one versus an injury-riddled campaign. Wilson appeared in just nine games last year due to foot and knee injuries. Compare that 2014 season (1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns) to his sophomore season (736 yards (5.5 YPC) and eight touchdowns), and Lombardi's point on Wilson makes sense.
Source: ESPN
May 18 - 10:06 AM

Four-star QB Braxton Burmeister has committed to Arizona for a second time.

Burmeister de-committed from the Wildcats in early March, but two months later, he has returned to his original commitment. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder wanted a wider survey of options before he made his ultimate decision. "All of [these schools] have great facilities and everything. It’s just like when you’re on campus can you really picture yourself there and that’s where I can picture myself the best." He indicated that he sees HC Rich Rodriguez's offense as a fine fit for his skill-set. Burmeister ranks as Rivals' No. 8 dual-threat quarterback and No. 184 overall player in the 2017 class.
Source: Rivals
May 13 - 7:15 PM

USF redshirt junior WR Zach Benjamin transferred to Arizona.

Benjamin announced his transfer via Twitter, accompanied by the usual assortment of school-themed emojis. The 6-foot-4, 194-pounder did not play in 2015 -- which probably played a part in this transfer -- and will have to sit out the 2016 campaign per NCAA rules. The San Diego native was not highly recruited out of high school.
May 8 - 7:00 PM

Seahawks signed Arizona G Lene Maiava.

Maiava (6'5/314) spent 2013-2014 as a rotational guard-tackle at U of A before taking over as the Wildcats' starting right tackle as a senior. He has plus arm length (33 5/8") and big (10 1/2"), heavy hands. A powerful drive blocker with impressive weight-room strength (34 reps of 225), Maiava struggled in pass protection when placed at tackle, but looked better on junior tape at guard. Maiava has some potential to develop into a useful swing reserve, or perhaps a short-term starter.
May 3 - 9:55 PM

Eagles signed Arizona WR Cayleb Jones.

Jones (6'3/209) spent two seasons at U of A after transferring from Texas, wrapping his college career with a 130-1,958-14 (15.06 YPR) receiving line. Jones' stock took a hit at the Combine, where he ran 4.65 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump, also managing only nine reps on the bench. Jones' lack of separation skills shows up on tape, and he has a checkered off-field history, getting arrested for felony aggravated assault as a Texas freshman. Despite being a productive college player, Jones faces major obstacles to last as an NFL wideout.
May 2 - 4:37 PM

Browns selected Arizona ILB Scooby Wright with the No. 250 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Wright (6'0/239) turned pro after three years, amassing 42 career tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles across 29 starts. Wright earned 2014's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year before missing all but three games as a 2015 true junior with a torn lateral meniscus and sprained foot. His Combine measurables disappointed, running 4.90 with a 31-inch vertical. In college, Wright overcame his limitations with instincts, quickness and a hair-on-fire playing demeanor. Before earning any defensive snaps in the NFL, Wright will have to pay special-teams dues first.
Apr 30 - 6:35 PM

Broncos selected Arizona S Will Parks with the No. 219 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Parks was not on the radar of most NFL draft scouting services. He stands 6-foot, 204 and managed a 4.63 forty at the Wildcats' Pro Day. Parks will have to show special teams value in order to win a roster spot as a rookie.
Apr 30 - 5:36 PM

Arizona S Will Parks completed a visit with the Broncos and is travelling to Cincinnati next.

Parks will absolutely be a third day safety target for a number of teams. The 6-foot, 204-pound safety tested like a poor athlete. He has also met with the Cowboys, Ravens, Saints, Seahawks and Browns throughout this process.
Apr 20 - 8:36 AM

In an open letter posted to the Player's Tribune, Arizona ILB Scooby Wright wrote that "some scouting services are projecting me as a fourth-round pick."

While it's difficult to glean much actual information from anything published on the Player's Tribune, Wright at least acknowledged his perceived lack of athleticism when he wrote, "Put me in sweats and ask me to run in circles around cones, and I’ll do an okay job. But put me in pads and ask me to lead your defense, and there’s a lot of evidence that I can help you win." It isn't inconceivable that the 6-foot, 239-pounder could slip far enough in the draft that he actually becomes undervalued. Pro Football Focus believes that would occur if he fell out of the second round.
Apr 12 - 8:52 PM


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