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Arizona lists senior RB Nick Wilson above redshirt sophomore RB J.J. Taylor on the depth chart.

Taylor is the more exciting prospect, but realistically, the pair will split carries this fall. More realistically, both diminutive backs will struggle to stay on the field. Because Wilson and Taylor are so injury prone, Nathan Tilford could end up receiving far more touches than expected. Tilford was Arizona’s highest-ranked recruit in the 2017 class.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 18 - 1:31 PM

Arizona junior WR Shun Brown led the team with 521 receiving yards on 29 receptions last year.

Brown's 18.0 ypc average would have led all Pac-12 receivers if he had qualified with enough receptions. The Wildcats lost three of their other top four receivers when senior receivers Samajie Grant, Trey Griffey and Nate Phillips graduated. In Arizona's new receiver hierarchy, the speedy, 5-foot-8 Brown is the clear No. 1 option heading into the fall. "There’s a lot of new faces out there. They haven’t seen or heard anything about anything," said QB Brandon Dawkins. "They’re in college now so it’s just getting used to the speed of everything, it’s a lot faster, the ball comes a little bit harder, a little bit earlier, a couple are learning the hard way, taking the ball in the head, in the face."
Jul 11 - 4:35 PM

Arizona senior WR Tyrell Johnson posted a 4.24s 40-yard dash this spring.

Johnson also clocked a 10.41s 100-meter dash last month at the Horned Frog Invitational. NFL Media ranks him as the second-fastest player in college football. Used sparingly as a gadget player last year (28 carries, 5 catches), we'd guess Arizona will get the 5-foot-7, 160-pounder more involved this fall.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 2:52 PM

Arizona senior WR Cam Denson said that he felt more comfortable with offensive concepts this spring.

Denson began his career at Arizona as a cornerback. He saw significant playing time at the position in 2015, appearing in all 13 games and starting five. Last spring, the 5-foot-11, 168-pounder transitioned to wideout. He would go on to catch 15 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns. "I know what’s going on. I know why we’re doing things now," Denson said this spring. "I know the coverages and what we want to do in certain situations." Outside of slot receiver Shun Brown, Arizona's corp of wideouts remains a work-in-progress. There should be opportunities for Denson so long as he is able to capitalize.
May 25 - 5:47 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez said that freshman LB Tony Fields will "contribute as a true freshman, most likely."

"For a guy that’s supposed to be in high school right now getting ready for prom or whatever, he’s adapted really well," Rodriguez said, adding that the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Fields is "a mature guy, he’s athletic and football is important to him." Redshirt senior CB Dane Cruikshank echoed these sentiments, saying that the freshman linebacker "stepped up big time" this spring. Fields was a three-star recruit for the 2017 cycle.
May 25 - 4:43 PM

Arizona redshirt freshman TE Brion Anduze announced his retirement from football.

Anduze will work with the strength staff for the 2017 season. He cited injuries for reasoning to step away from the game. He dealt with a serious knee injury last season.
May 18 - 10:46 AM

The Arizona Daily Star's Michael Lev writes that Arizona senior RB Nick Wilson (knee) "is healthy now."

Wilson has been as injury-plagued as any player in the country, having played in just 14 games over the last two seasons due to a menagerie of injuries. A knee ailment kept him off the field for seven games last season. In fact, the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder's freshman campaign remains his most statistically productive. During that 2014 season, Wilson rushed for 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns. A healthy Wilson would be a major help for an Arizona team looking to rebound from a 3-9 2016 trainwreck of a season.
May 4 - 7:17 PM

Former MLB prospect Donovan Tate will walk on at Arizona as a freshman quarterback.

Tate was the No. 3 pick in the 2009 MLB amateur draft by the Padres. He hit just .226 in the minors and never advanced above High-A, though, and was suspended 50 games in 2011 for a violation of MLB's drug policy to boot. He will walk on at Arizona as a 26-year-old freshman. While Wildcats HC Rich Rodriguez referred to the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Tate as "the natural," it would be a surprise if Tate actually made any sort of real noise in August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 5:54 PM

The New York Giants are scheduled to hold a private workout for Arizona S Paul Magloire.

Magloire also met with the Bucs following his pro day workout. Draftwire's Luke Easterling refers to the 5-foot-11, 225-pouhnder as "one of the most underrated linebacker prospects in the 2017 draft" and believes that should he slide out of Day 2, he would represent a steal. During the 2016 campaign, Magloire notched 81 tackles (5.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks and a pass defended across 10 games played.
Source: Draftwire
Mar 25 - 12:26 PM

Arizona redshirt junior QB Brandon Dawkins has been working with the first-team offense this spring.

"Khalil [Tate]'s gotta beat him out," said HC Rich Rodriguez. Tate -- who saw playing time last season due to a rash of injuries -- is currently getting his spring reps in with the second team. With Anu Solomon heading to Baylor, the 2017 season should belong to Dawkins barring injury or extreme inefficiency. This past season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder threw for 1,348 yards (53.8% completions) with an 8/6 TD/INT ratio in 10 games played. He also rushed for 944 yards and 10 scores in that space. Rib and concussion concerns limited him during the past campaign, but we liked the flashes we saw in spots and think he could be in for a more complete statistical season in 2017.
Mar 24 - 5:18 PM

Arizona WR Nate Phillips has decided to retire from football and will not participate in Friday's pro day.

Hat tip to the Arizona Daily Star's Michael Lev for the report. With Phillips hanging up his cleats for good, the 5-foot-7, 180-pounder can look back at a collegiate career in which he caught 152 passes for 1,931 yards and 15 touchdowns. His best season with the Wildcats was actually his freshman one, as he logged a 51-696-7 receiving line in 13 games during the 2013 campaign.
Mar 23 - 7:16 PM

Arizona redshirt freshman RB J.J. Taylor (ankle) says he's "about 80 percent."

"I’m not a full speed yet," Taylor said. "But I’ll get there soon." He could have fooled onlookers at Arizona's "Spring Showcase." Taylor starred throughout. "The sky’s the limit," QB Brandon Dawkins said. "If that’s 80 percent, it’s really impressive." The Wildcats suffered a big loss when Taylor broke his left ankle in late September against Washington, but the silver lining is that he picked up an extra year of eligibility via a medical waiver. The 5-foot-6, 180-pounder has big potential in Arizona's wide-open system, as he showed last year as a true frosh in rushing for 265 yards across seven quarters against Hawaii and Washington. "It’s crazy," guard Jacob Alsadek said. "Sometimes you’ll block somebody, you’ll look over and he’s 20 yards downfield already." HC Rich Rodriguez calls Taylor a "special talent." Taylor has added 20 pounds of muscle to his lithe frame since arriving on campus.
Mar 7 - 3:59 PM

USC junior DL Noah Jefferson transferred to Arizona.

Jefferson is slated to sit out next season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but Arizona is expected to file a waiver seeking his immediate eligibility. The former four-star recruit was a non-factor for USC last season due to a confluence of injuries and academic issues.
Mar 7 - 3:41 PM

Arizona HC Rich Rodriguez said freshman QB K'Hari Lane was "completely overlooked" in recruiting.

Lane's recruitment made national news when he left Signing Day without any FBS scholarship offers despite what had been a dominant high school career in Montezuma, Georgia. Listed at 6-feet and 220 pounds, Lane was rated a three-star recruit by Scout. The Wildcats had room to offer him late after Braxton Burmeister flipped to Oregon and Anu Soloman transferred to Baylor. Lane will work behind Brandon Dawkins and Khalil Tate this spring.
Mar 7 - 2:05 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Arizona WR Trey Griffey has "an outside chance of sliding into the seventh round if [he] run[s] well during pro-day."

Alas, Griffey did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine (no Arizona player did). Still, Pauline sees the silver lining for the 6-foot-3, 209-pound wideout. He was impressed by Griffey's work during the East-West Shrine Game practice week, writing back in January that the former Wildcat "improved each day at Shrine practice and overall was one of the most impressive receivers on hand." This past season, Griffey caught 23 passes for 382 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Feb 28 - 8:01 PM


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