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The Athletic's Dane Brugler called Arizona redshirt senior WR Shawn Poindexter a "sleeper ready to emerge" in his East-West Shrine Game Preview.

Brugler lists DaMarkus Lodge as the highest-rated receiver in the game and says Terry Goodwin has the most to gain. For Poindexter, Brugler is intrigued by his height and volleyball history -- he signed with Cal Baptist to play volleyball before switching to football. There are some concerns with Poindexter's route running and strength, but that's not scaring Brugler away from saying "Poindexter could be a riser after this week."
Jan 12 - 4:39 PM

Arizona redshirt junior DT PJ Johnson declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Johnson (6'4/335) logged 31 tackles (8.5 for loss), three sacks and a forced fumbled across nine games played during the 2018 campaign. Just before Christmas, Wildcats HC Kevin Sumlin told reporters that he expected the redshirt junior -- who transferred to Arizona from the JUCO ranks last offseason -- to return for a final year in the desert. No dice, Coach, no dice. This declaration is a dubious one in our books. To whit, neither Draft Analyst nor The Draft Network even have pages for Johnson in their prospect databases. Undrafted free agency may well await him come the spring.
Jan 9 - 1:33 PM

Arizona sophomore DL Kurtis Brown will transfer.

Brown (6'1/185) saw the field in just one game this season after playing in five contests as a true freshman. He initially signed on with Arizona as a three-star recruit in the 2017 class. Barring a transfer out of the FBS, the sophomore lineman will have to sit out the 2019 campaign in order to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 01:42:00 PM

Arizona junior QB Khalil Tate is expected to return to the program for his senior season.

According to Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star, Tate and his parents met with Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin Tuesday and it was decided that the best move for the quarterback was to return for his final season. It was reported in late November that the signal-caller, who began the season as a Heisman Trophy candidate, would transfer after going through a difficult 2018 campaign. This season Tate, who dealt with an ankle injury early on, completed 56.3% of his passes, throwing for 2,530 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 03:45:00 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, former Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray will serve as running backs coach on Kevin Sumlin's staff at Arizona.

Murray, who concluded a seven-year career in the NFL in 2017, spent this season working for Fox Sports as a color commentator for its college football coverage. Selected by the Cowboys with the 71st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Murray played four seasons at Oklahoma and was a first team All-Big 12 selection on 2009 and 2010. Kevin Sumlin was a member of the Oklahoma coaching staff from 2003-07, with his final two seasons being Murray's first two there as a player.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 01:38:00 PM

Arizona signed four-star 2019 CB Bobby Wolfe.

Wolfe had been committed to Texas A&M, and before that he was committed to Ole Miss. The signature on the dotted line (likely) ends the commitment line here. Wolfe is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback who ranks 35th at the position in the 247 Sports composite rankings. With that size, he could play on the outside, but he has the speed to handle slot corners as well. Kevin Sumlin is having a very nice Thursday.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 01:34:00 PM

Arizona signed four-star 2019 WR Jalen Curry.

Curry was a long-time commit to Florida State, but he opened things up when Jimbo Fisher departed and Willie Taggart came aboard. He also took visits this spring to Tennessee and Ohio State, and was considering schools like Auburn and Penn State as well. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound wideout could be a tremendous get for Kevin Sumlin and staff, as Curry ranks 25th among all wideouts in the 247 Sports composite rankings. He could be an immediate contributor for the Wildcats.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 01:16:00 PM

Arizona redshirt senior WR Shawn Poindexter accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Poindexter (6'5/218) finished the season with a receiving line of 42-759-11, catching at least one touchdown pass in each of his final five games. For his efforts, the redshirt senior wideout was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 selection. Poindexter is an interesting draft prospect, in that he originally signed with Cal Baptist to play volleyball before changing his mind and enrolling at Glendale CC to play football. NFLDraftScout.com has Poindexter ranked 75th among senior wide receiver prospects.
Sat, Dec 8, 2018 04:02:00 PM

Joe Pequeno of KPHO in Arizona reports that sources close to Arizona believe that junior QB Khalil Tate will transfer.

Tate was clearly not happy with how the season went in 2018, and wouldn't answer questions relating to his status after the loss to Arizona State on Saturday. After dominating in 2017, Tate wasn't nearly as good as a junior, but he also wasn't healthy. The athleticism and arm strength that made him a superstar are still here. This is definitely a situation worth monitoring, especially if Tate is able to leave with his degree and play immediately.
Mon, Nov 26, 2018 07:01:00 PM

Arizona redshirt sophomore RB J.J. Taylor rushed for 144 yards on 28 carries in Saturday's 41-40 loss to Arizona State.

ASU scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to keep Arizona out of bowl consideration, but Taylor still had a big day. The sophomore averaged over 5 yards per carry, adding one 18-yard reception as well. Taylor (5'6/184) will end his sophomore campaign with 1,432 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns on 254 carries (5.6 YPC). Taylor and dual-threat quarterback Khalil Tate will form a great one-two punch on the ground in 2019, assuming Tate doesn't dip to the NFL Draft. Taylor has one more season before he is draft eligible.
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 09:14:00 PM

Arizona junior QB Khalil Tate completed 21-of-39 passes for 282 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, adding 46 scoreless yards on nine carries in Saturday's 41-40 loss to Arizona State.

This is a heartbreaking loss for 'Zona on multiple fronts. The Sun Devils came to Tucson and stole a win after scoring 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, but the loss is magnified as it kicks Arizona (5-7) out of bowl contention. There isn't a lot to be happy about for the Wildcats this season, but one positive takeaway was Tate's experience as a passer. Since his ankle prevented him from running, the junior was forced to pass within the pocket and that's something he didn't do often during his breakout sophomore season. If he's able to get healthy this offseason, Tate will be a candidate for a bounce back season in 2019, assuming he doesn't leave for the NFL Draft.
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 09:04:00 PM

Arizona redshirt senior WR Shawn Poindexter made the most of his two grabs in Saturday's 69-28 loss at Washington State, totaling 38 yards and two touchdowns.

Poindexter is working on an impressive four-game streak with two touchdown grabs in each outing. He also has two or more catches in eight straight contests. He'll try and keep both of the streaks intact next Saturday in the rivalry game against Arizona State. He had two catches for 53 yards in last season's installment of the Arizona rivalry.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 03:05:00 AM

Arizona junior QB Khalil Tate completed 18-of-30 passes for 294 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 69-28 loss at Washington State.

Tate also rushed for 25 yards, but he was overshadowed by Washington State Heisman hopeful QB Gardner Minshew, who ended up tossing seven touchdowns. Tate spread the ball around, hitting Tony Ellison for a score, tossing two touchdowns to Shawn Poindexter while also connecting with Shun Brown for a visit to the end zone. He'll look to keep it rolling in next Saturday's rivalry game against Arizona State.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 03:00:00 AM

Arizona freshman RB Darrius Smith was arrested for trespassing.

Smith was also with Jamarye Joiner and Dayven Coleman at the time. They were trespassing inside of their own football stadium at night and were caught hanging out around 12:45 AM. That normally wouldn't be too much of an issue, but Coleman was also cited for possession of Marijuana and paraphernalia. He got suspended for one game but Smith has yet to receive any official discipline. Smith has 64 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries this season.
Sun, Nov 11, 2018 11:17:00 AM

Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin is uncertain when sophomore RB Gary Brightwell (ankle) will be able to play again.

Brightwell (6'2/206) dinged up his ankle in a blowout win over Oregon in Week 9 and was not available for Friday's win over Colorado. While none of this is encouraging, Arizona is off on their bye week as of current and will not play again until Nov. 17, affording the sophomore back a fair amount of time to rest up before the Wildcats have their next contest, against Washington State.
Tue, Nov 6, 2018 05:04:00 PM


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