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Arizona Desert Swarm 1 hour ago

Arizona vs. BYU: Previewing the Wildcats and Cougars by the numbers

BYU was better than Arizona last season and they bring back more production from last year’s team. So why does Vegas give the Wildcats the edge? Before every Arizona Wildcats football game, we like to take a look at how the next week's opponent stacks up statistically. In week one, that's always a challenge - no games have been played and no one knows anything, really - but let's take a look at Arizona's match-up with the BYU Cougars by the numbers: 70% - BYU's returning production from last season BYU returns about 70% of their production from a team that went 9-4 last year. In contrast,...
Arizona Desert Swarm 2 hours ago

Arizona vs. BYU: First look at the Cougars

Some quick hits on Arizona’s first opponent of the season The 2016 college football season is officially here! The Arizona Wildcats open their season in Glendale at the University of Phoenix Stadium against the BYU Cougars on Saturday night. To ensure everyone is somewhat familiar with Saturday’s opponent, let’s take a look at the Cougars. 2015 Record: 9-4; 9-3 regular season with a loss to Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl. Key Offensive Players: Taysom Hill (QB), Tanner Mangum (QB), Algernon Brown (RB), Jamaal Williams (RB), Nick Kurtz (WR), Jonah Trinnaman (WR), Mitchell Juergens (WR)...
Arizona Desert Swarm 3 hours ago

AZDS Reader Pac-12 Power Rankings: Preseason voting

How did you pick the Pac-12 before the season starts? Each Sunday and Monday throughout the college football season, we’ll be taking your votes in our Reader Pac-12 Power Rankings. We had 130 submissions this week, but had to knock it down to 125 votes for each team for reasons explained below. Here’s how things turned out: With our dropdown menus, some people voted for teams twice. The team receiving the fewest number of votes was Oregon State with 125. To get all the teams down to that number, I took out their lowest votes necessary, leaving each team with their...
Arizona Desert Swarm 5 hours ago

BYU fans are buying up Arizona tickets for the Cactus Kickoff

It’s not surprising that the Wildcats will have less fans at their season opener On the Monday before the Arizona Wildcats face the BYU Cougars in Glendale, Arizona, U of A Athletic Director Greg Byrne gave a quick update on how the ticket sales are going. "We had a good week last week," Byrne said of Arizona’s side of the ticket sales. "We’ve actually had a good surge. (BYU) is still a little bit ahead of us, but not in the same manner that they were a few weeks ago." "We knew when we scheduled this game with BYU that they have a good following in The Valley especially, and we...
Arizona Desert Swarm 7 hours ago

Sonoran Hot Reads: What “Pride of Arizona” football uniforms would look like

These are not very good We get many complaints about what the Arizona Wildcats wear when they play football. Why? Well, because the internet is weird sometimes, and also, the current uniforms are pretty awful. But here are worse ones! Collegemarching.com is releasing football concept uniforms based on each school’s marching band uniforms, and Monday was the Pac-12’s turn. Below, you’ll see what the Pride of Arizona ones look like. It’s a neat idea...in theory. As someone who marched for four years and is now currently on drum staff at U of A, I think I can say that these are awful...
Arizona Desert Swarm 19 hours ago

Arizona football releases video paying tribute to the past

Dream on The Arizona Wildcats are currently churning out hype videos. Even though this one has very little production value, it’s going to hit some fans right in the feels. Rich Rodriguez was very excited for this video to come out. "The Gladiator was fun, it didn’t take much time, but the next video that we come out with to the ‘Dream On’ song where it shows the history of Arizona football...off the charts in my opinion." "Whenever it comes out, every Arizona fan that’s ever followed Arizona football I think will like the next one coming out." "I think we have the most...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 29, 2016

Arizona football: New receiver Shawn Poindexter adjusting to the speed of the game

Will the junior college transfer contribute to the Wildcats’ offense in 2016? With a couple of junior college transfers set to make a bunch of plays for the Arizona Wildcats’ defense (Paul Magloire and Dane Cruikshank), there’s one on the offensive side of the ball that’s only been in Tucson for a couple months, but is ready to get out there at the NCAA level. Shawn Poindexter, a 6-foot-6 wide receiver out of Glendale Community College, caught the attention of his teammates and coaches early on. But he knows there’s still a lot of work to do with the season-opener looming. "It’s...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 29, 2016

Join the AZ Desert Swarm College Football Pick ‘em group

Think you can pick college football games better than other Arizona fans? Prove it! Think you can pick college football games better than other Arizona Wildcats fans? Well, here’s your chance. This year we’ll have an official AZ Desert Swarm group in ESPN’s College Pick ‘em challenge. Basically, ESPN will choose ten games each week to pick the winner of. You’ll have to assign a confidence value to each game, so that you can earn more points on the ones you think are the most obvious picks. No guarantee that Arizona will be a game to choose from every week, but hey, they are part...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 29, 2016

Arizona Wildcats in the NFL: Cayleb Jones and Nick Folk survive cuts

Preseason Week 3 saw a lot of former Wildcats in action With week 3 of the NFL preaseason in the books, the regular season is getting closer and closer. That means less time for players to impress enough to make a team’s roster. Cayleb Jones (Philadelphia Eagles) and Nick Folk (New York Jets) both survived the latest series of cuts from their respective teams. That leaves Jones as one of eight remaining receivers on the Eagles’ roster and Folk as the first string kicker. With 16 Arizona alums currently in the NFL, let’s take a look at how they fared this past weekend. Scooby Wright...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 29, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: BYU needs Jamaal Williams to be his old self

The Cougars’ running back will be returning this weekend after a year away from football When the BYU Cougars take the field on Saturday against the Arizona Wildcats, an old face will be making an appearance for them. Jamaal Williams, who withdrew from school prior to the 2015 season, is back and ready to resume his role as BYU’s starting running back. Just 930 yards shy of the school’s all-time rushing record, Williams’ ability to hit his stride early will be crucial for this offense. With Ty Detmer running the offense now, Williams will be even more important than before - It...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 29, 2016

Arizona vs BYU Football Preview

Wildcat Radio previews the Arizona vs. BYU match-up, breaks down the finalized Arizona Football depth chart, and looks at Pac-12 week one action. Click play below or subscribe for free on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, and Google Play. Wildcat Radio's Bryant Conger and AZDesertSwarm's Ronnie Stoffle breakdown the FBS season opener between University of Arizona Wildcats and BYU Cougars.  They discuss University of Arizona's football depth cart and the opening week of PAC12 college football games. Also, the preseason All PAC12 Wildcat Radio ballots are revealed.
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 28, 2016

Arizona football recruiting: Brian Casteel and Nathan Tilford lead the way for Wildcat commits in week one

Tracking the progress of Arizona’s commitments through their senior season The 2016 high school football season is officially in full swing, and the Arizona Wildcats’ 2017 commitments are starting their final season of high school ball. There were only two recruits who weren’t in action this weekend, Cody Shear and Drew Dixon. Shear’s Sheldon squad will open the season this upcoming Friday, meanwhile Sabino was off this week after a big win last week. We’ll be taking a look to see how each commit performed this week, as this is something we’ll be doing from here on out as long...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 28, 2016

Arizona football: Wildcats release opening week depth chart

Some of our questions have been answered It’s officially game week, and now we have our first Arizona Wildcats depth chart of the 2016 season. @arizonafball The biggest question most people have is who will be the starting quarterback, and of course, Anu Solomon and Brandon Dawkins are listed as "OR". I would still be surprised if it’s not Solomon that takes the first snap behind center this year. Also, Khalil Tate is behind Zach Werlinger. Who the quarterback will be getting the snaps from will be redshirt freshman Nathan Eldridge. Ever since the untimely death of...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 28, 2016

Arizona basketball: Discussing hypothetical preseason tournament opponents

ESPN’s Champions Classic was just renewed through 2019. Why aren’t there more of these? For the past five seasons, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and Michigan State have taken part in the Champions Classic, an exciting match up of college basketball’s top programs. It gives fans, normally inundated with non-conference games against inferior opponents, a chance to watch some of the best players in the country face off against each other. While the individual teams are only a shell of their March potential, it is still an event worth watching. Senior vice president of ESPN Events Pete Derzis...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 28, 2016

Arizona Desert Swarm Reader Pac-12 Power Rankings

Have your voice heard this year! With one Pac-12 team already in the win column this year, we’re ready to unveil a new feature here at AZ Desert Swarm. Each Sunday, we will be posting a form in which you can submit your Pac-12 Power Rankings! Voting will last all day Sunday and Monday, and we will post the results each Tuesday at noon AZ time. So here’s our first one of the season...the “preseason” version if you will. If you have any trouble accessing it, just let us know. You will need to sign into Google to vote so that we’re only getting one vote per person. Vote below or...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 28, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona offers 2018 Cienega QB Jamarye Joiner

A Tucson product now has the opportunity to stay home if he so chooses As the Arizona high school football season begins to ramp up, one Tucson product has been garnering a lot of attention, and that’s now-Cienega junior quarterback Jamarye Joiner. Once ranked the top 2018 player in the state, Joiner did not play his sophomore season at Salpointe after being re-assigned to a charter school. Joiner ended up at Cienega this past April, and in his first game with the team on Friday, led the Bobcats to a 52-20 win over Marana, in which he ran for 191 yards on eight carries, and threw for 131....
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 27, 2016

Arizona football recruiting updates: Hunter Echols, quarterbacks and more

Answering what you wanted to know about Wildcat recruits With the Arizona Wildcats basketball team picking up its first 2017 commitment on Friday, there are still plenty of football things to keep an eye on as well. I have a quick update on a highly ranked 4-star defensive end that Arizona has been pursuing, which could potentially put the Wildcats in a good spot. Also, we have more reader questions. Feel free to send them to me at anytime for the next recruiting roundup. Hunter Echols update The 4-star defensive end decommitted from UCLA this summer and quickly committed to USC...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 27, 2016

Arizona football depth chart: Will Wildcats use two quarterbacks in 2016?

The Arizona coaches seem confident they have two QBs they can win with Every year under Rich Rodriguez, it’s the same preseason headline....a quarterback competition. Even with a quarterback set to begin his third year as the Arizona Wildcats starter, it happened again, and will likely continue through at least the first part of the regular season. Key losses: Jerrard Randall Key returners: Anu Solomon, Brandon Dawkins, Zach Werlinger Key newcomer: Khalil Tate While it’s true that both Solomon and Dawkins have been splitting first-team reps evenly throughout fall camp, it would be...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 27, 2016

Arizona football recruiting: Wildcat commits Malik Hausman and Elijah Watson playing on ESPN2 on Saturday

Your chance to watch a couple of future Wildcats on national TV With high school football in full swing and the Arizona Wildcats’ recruiting class holding 26 commitments, it’s time to shift the focus over to see the progression of this class. I’ve mentioned before that Arizona is starting to tap into some bigger programs now, ones that are televised weekly. U of A will have two commits playing on ESPN2 this weekend, as well as some former and current targets. High School Football on ESPN this weekend! Don't miss out! Football Friday, Saturday, and Sunday !!...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 27, 2016

Sonoran Hot Reads: Pac-12 reaches TV deal with Fox Sports Australia

DirecTV customers now need to move to Australia College football officially started on Friday night here in the United States, or Saturday afternoon where it was actually played, Australia. Cal beat future Arizona opponent Hawai’i by a score of 51-31 in the game, but it also allowed the Pac-12 to make another international announcement. Fox Sports Australia will broadcast select football and men’s basketball games, plus ‘The Drive’ as part of the multi-year agreement. We’ve now officially reached a place where people in Australia have more Pac-12 access than people in the United...