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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports DB Dane Cruikshank is "getting a lot of love."

Cruikshank (6'1/206) has reportedly worked out for several teams so far including the Houston Texans and has "four official pre-draft visits on his schedule." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein said Cruikshank is a "Height, weight, speed prospect who has a chance to be drafted off his measurables and Combine testing alone. Cruikshank does have talent and is a hungry hitter, but he may lack the consistency in coverage to hold up as a full-time safety or cornerback." Zierlein originally had him as a late-round pick, but after passing the draft process with flying colors NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler believes he could earn top-100 grades from some teams.
Apr 2 - 9:23 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Cincinnati Bengals DC Teryl Austin put Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank "through a grueling set of position drills" during the school pro day on Monday.

No problem for Cruikshank, with Pauline hearing that he "looked terrific" going through Austin's gauntlet. The analyst additionally relays that the Bengals met with the 6-foot-1, 206-pounder at length after his workout. While there's some debate whether Cruikshank will ultimately work as a corner or safety at the professional level, he's been on the rise throughout the evaluating season regardless. NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler floated the belief earlier this month that the Arizona defender has likely done enough to earn top-100 grades from some teams. He tested in the 89th percentile of NFL athletes at the combine.
Mar 13 - 12:58 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler believes that Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank "[w]ill earn top-100 grades from some teams."

Cruikshank (6'1/206) showed off at the combine on Monday, posting sharp times in the 40-yard dash and three-cone drill at 4.41 seconds and 6.89 seconds, respectively. The three-cone might be the most important combine drill in terms of athletic projection. On Three Sigma Athlete, Cruikshank's listed as posting an NFL composite athletic score in the 89th percentile, the fourth best mark among cornerbacks in Indianapolis. Beyond the raw athleticism, Brugler is a fan of Cruikshank's physical style of play.
Mar 6 - 2:44 PM

Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passed along in mid-February that Cruikshank was expected to run the 40 in the 4.3's at the combine. While the 6-foot-1, 206-pounder couldn't quite get there, his was a blazing fast run nonetheless. He additionally showed off with 25 reps in the bench press over the weekend. Don't be surprised if Cruikshank begins to creep into the early Day 3/late Day 2 conversation.
Mar 5 - 3:24 PM

Bleacher Report's Brad Shepard lists Arizona as one of the 10 schools that are "guaranteed" to win more games in 2018.

Arizona won seven games last year, but Shepard projects the Wildcats to get to the nine-win mark in 2018. They don't play Washington next year -- the prohibitive favorite to win the Pac-12 at this moment -- and their non-conference schedule includes bouts with BYU, Southern Utah and Houston. Not exactly murderer's row. "New head coach Kevin Sumlin gets USC, Oregon, California and rival Arizona State at home, so that could pay big dividends in a year where things set up nicely for the Wildcats to contend for the South Division title," writes Shepard. "Their win total could be boosted even more by postseason games."
Feb 23 - 7:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank is expected to run a 40 in the 4.3s at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Cruikshank played mostly at safety for the Wildcats in 2017, but has played corner, and the defensive back looked solid there at the East-West Shrine Game. "I’m told there’s a chance that Cruikshank, who measured 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds at the Shrine Game, could run in the 4.3s," Pauline writes. "If he does, expect him to jump into the early part of Round 4." This is definitely a player to keep an eye on at the combine; especially when you consider his versatility.
Feb 18 - 12:31 PM

Former Army WR Christian Poe transferred to Arizona and will be classified as a redshirt junior for the 2018 season.

This is a somewhat peculiar one, as there is not much information available as to the exact timeline with the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Poe. He was on roster at Army up until this past June, at which point he exited stage left and was not heard from again in 2017. Resurfacing with Arizona, now. We won't take guesses on the depth chart at this early juncture, especially given both Poe's year-long absence and Kevin Sumlin's still-learning familiarity with his new roster. Expect some clarity come spring into summer.
Feb 16 - 4:57 PM

After serving mostly as a receiver in 2017, Arizona sophomore Gary Brightwell is listed as a running back on the team's 2018 roster.

Brightwell (5'11/190) did not log a catch during the most recent campaign, nor did he receive a carry. The versatile athlete was a three-star running back coming out of high school and it looks like he'll at least open the spring working primarily in that capacity. What role, specifically, Brightwell might have in 2018 will sort itself out over the course of the coming months.
Feb 16 - 3:02 PM

Cal redshirt senior P Dylan Klumph transferred to Arizona as a graduate.

Klumph (6'3/230) turned in a phenomenal two-year run with Cal after initially getting his collegiate start in the JUCO ranks. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he averaged 43.9 yards per punt. His 43 yards a boot last year were good for the fourth-best mark in the Pac-12.
Feb 10 - 1:51 PM

Arizona hired Taylor Mazzone as outside receivers coach.

Mazzone follows his father -- new Arizona OC Noel Mazzone -- as well as new Arizona HC Kevin Sumlin to the desert after spending the last two seasons as an offensive quality control coach at Texas A&M. Prior to his stop in College Station, Mazzone worked under his father at UCLA as quarterbacks coach 2013-15, where he mentored Brett Hundley and then a freshman-year Josh Rosen.
Jan 31 - 12:05 AM

Arizona hired Noel Mazzone as offensive coordinator and QB coach.

The move had been rumored for the past few weeks and is now official. Mazzone follows HC Kevin Sumlin over from Texas A&M, where he was also OC. He'd previously served as the leader of UCLA's offense. Sumlin and Mazzone have a Heisman candidate to build their new offense around in QB Khalil Tate.
Jan 30 - 10:43 PM

Arizona hired Oregon State S coach John Rushing to serve in the same capacity.

Rushing served as Oregon State's safeties coach for the 2017 season. He spent much of the last decade in the NFL, notably in a lengthy stint with the Packers from 2009-16.
Jan 30 - 7:00 PM

Arizona hired former UCLA DB coach Demetrice Martin to serve as cornerbacks coach.

Martin had been with the Bruins from 2011-17, but was not retained after UCLA hired HC Chip Kelly earlier this winter. Previous to his time at the program, he served as CB coach at Washington (2008-11).
Jan 30 - 6:50 PM

Arizona hired Indianapolis Colts OL coach Joe Gilbert to serve in the same capacity.

Gilbert has spent the last six seasons on staff with the Colts. He has ample experience coaching in the collegiate ranks, previously working at -- among others -- Illinois (2009-11), Houston (2008), Toledo (2007) and UCF (2004-06).
Jan 30 - 6:01 PM

Football Scoop reports that Arizona WR coach Theron Aych is staying on Kevin Sumlin's staff.

Football Scoop had reported that Aych was a possibility to stay on Sumlin's staff last week, and now it appears the possibility has become the reality. Aych came over to Arizona after serving as UTEP's wide receiver coach, and also spent six years with Division II school Angelo State. Football Scoop reports that move and several other Wildcat coaching additions should become official on Friday.
Jan 26 - 7:17 PM


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