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Arizona Desert Swarm 8 hours ago

Arizona football: True freshman Cam Denson ready to shine at corner

The former two-way star has worked his way into a possible starting role in his freshman season While at Salpointe Catholic High School, Cam Denson was a star in every phase of the game. When he wasn't running routes, he was running the read-option. When he was on defense, he was picking balls off like nobody's business. After forcing a punt, he'd be running those kicks back to the house. But now Denson finds himself exclusively as a cornerback for the Arizona Wildcats, and after spending the last three months solely on the defensive side of the ball, he's now poised to pick up a ton of...
Arizona Desert Swarm 12 hours ago
Arizona football: Wildcats defensive backs Tra'Mayne Bondurant and Jarvis McCall questionable vs. UCLA

Arizona football: Wildcats defensive backs Tra'Mayne Bondurant and Jarvis McCall questionable vs. UCLA

No injuries on the offensive side of the ball, which is weird It's Thursday, which means the official Arizona Wildcats injury report is out, and for the first time in a long time, there are no offensive players on it. However, Arizona's defense is a little bit banged up. Here's a look at how everyone is listed: QUESTIONABLE: Tra'Mayne Bondurant (knee), Jarvis McCall (shoulder) OUT: DeAndre' Miller (shoulder) The possibility of playing without Bondurant against a talented team like UCLA is a little scary. Since the beginning of Pac-12 play, the senior safety-turned-linebacker-hybrid has been...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 29, 2014

Arizona football: Scooby Wright wins all the awards, doesn't care

Scooby Wright had a good week, won lots of things, but that doesn't matter After forcing three fumbles, resulting in three sacks, Arizona Wildcats linebacker Scooby Wright III won a bunch of awards, including Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week. But he doesn't care. "Eh, I don't really care much for individual awards," Wright said. "We won the game, and we're playing well, and I get good opportunities to make plays for the team." What a week for Scooby Wright! #BearDown #HardEdge #OnToTheNextOne...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 29, 2014
Rich Rodriguez talks Arizona football, Anu Solomon, Pac-12 South, and College Football Playoff with Jay Mohr

Rich Rodriguez talks Arizona football, Anu Solomon, Pac-12 South, and College Football Playoff with Jay Mohr

Arizona must be good if RichRod keeps showing up on national radio shows Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez was on the Jay Mohr Show on Fox Sports Radio this week. The two chatted all things Arizona, how Anu Solomon earned the starting quarterback job, and the various college football polls. Coach also had some interesting thoughts on the composition of the College Football Playoff selection committee, and how he thinks the whole process will play out. RichRod thinks that since everything is so public, they will do a good job. Putting Arizona 12th in the first CFB Playoff...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 28, 2014

College Football Playoff debuts Arizona at No. 12

The first ever College Football Playoff ranks the 6-1 Arizona football team as the No. 12 team in the land. The newest and most important college football ranking system debuted Tuesday with the Arizona Wildcats coming in at No. 12 in the nation, according to the College Football Playoff committee. The committee ranks Rich Rodriguez's team as the second-best Pac-12 squad, behind No. 5 Oregon and ahead of No. 14 Arizona State. The top of the initial rankings surely will rub those outside the SEC the wrong way. Mississippi State is currently the No. 1 team in the land, and the Bulldogs are...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 27, 2014

Pac-12 adopts additional student-athlete benefits

The Pac-12 set out to better serve its athletes and proposed a letter to the other major conferences in May. Today, they announced the adoption of those practices. Here's what the Pac-12 hopes to do in helping its student-athletes, via an official release: (i) Guaranteeing four-year scholarships that can neither be reduced nor canceled provided the student-athlete remains in good standing and meets his/her terms of the agreement. Effective in 2015-16, all financial aid agreements offered to incoming student-athletes will be multi-year agreements for no less than four academic...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 27, 2014

Arizona football: Scooby Wright named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

No surprise on defense, but no DaVonte' Neal on special teams A day after collecting National Defensive Player of the Week honors, it's no surprise that Scooby Wright was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Scooby is the second Arizona player this year to earn the conference's weekly honor. Cayleb Jones won Offensive POW after the Cal game. SO LB Scooby Wright is the @pac12 Defensive Player of the Week. Among FBS players, he's 3rd in TFL (14.0). #BearDown pic.twitter.com/IHu0cQbuIs — Arizona Football (@ArizonaFBall) October 27, 2014 For special teams player of the week,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 26, 2014

Arizona Wildcats are bowl-eligible, which used to be a huge deal

The times are changing in Tucson, underscored by the fact that reaching six wins is no longer a big deal. The Arizona Wildcats are now bowl-eligible after improving to 6-1 on the season by taking down Washington State in Pullman on Saturday. Not too long ago, that would have been a big deal. But the football culture in Tucson has changed drastically the last six years, and now there are bigger fish to fry. Arizona's bowl history is not exactly a storied one. The Wildcats have only appeared in 18 bowl games all-time. Only Washington State, Oregon State, and Utah have fewer all-time bowl...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 26, 2014

Arizona football: Wildcats linebacker Scooby Wright named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week

Three forced fumbles and three sacks on Saturday will get you some attention After a dominating win for the Arizona Wildcats against the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, the national recognition rolled in for UA linebacker Scooby Wright. Wright was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation for his performance against the Cougs. The sophomore linebacker picked up eight tackles (all of them solo), three tackles for loss, three sacks, and three forced fumbles. Those are some crazy numbers right there. Arizona usually struggles with getting pressure on...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 26, 2014

Arizona football doesn't budge in college football coaches poll

The Arizona Wildcats beat WSU to a pulp, but it didn't help them move up in the top-15 because of few upsets. Arizona went into Pullman and knocked off Washington State 59-37 on Saturday, but a relatively quiet week in college football meant that wasn't enough to move them out of the No. 15 spot in the Amway Coaches Poll. Arizona remains 15th as it was last week, just behind Arizona State, which went into windy Seattle to pull away late from the offensively-inept and defensively fierce Huskies. Oregon finds itself sixth in the Coaches Poll and benefitted from previous top-3 Ole Miss' loss...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 25, 2014

Arizona vs. Washington State final score: UA rips apart Cougs' defense

Arizona football ripped through WSU for a 59-37 win that was not as close as the score made it appear. The gaudy numbers for some of college football's most inventive offenses often cast a cloud over efficiency. Take Arizona's 59-37 win, where both teams racked up points and yards. The Wildcats just did it a whole lot better. Washington State passed 79 times to Arizona's 74 combined rushes and passes. The Cougs' 20 rushes gained only 54 yards, while the Wildcats rolled up 157 rush yards on 4.4 yards per attempt and 297 pass yards on 7.7 yards per attempt. Give credit to Arizona's defense,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 25, 2014
Arizona vs. Washington State: Time, TV and reading material

Arizona vs. Washington State: Time, TV and reading material

Arizona football faces the Washington State Cougars at 3 p.m. MST on Pac-12 Networks. The Arizona Wildcats are visiting Pullman, Washington and the Washington State Cougars for the first time since 2010. But are they really visiting Pullman? Rich Rodriguez said this week that the team is actually staying in Moscow, Idaho, which has its own state college, the University of Idaho. It's also apparently the first time RichRod has ever set foot in the state of Idaho (sorry potential recruits that live in Idaho). This loophole saves me from having to try to find something interesting about...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 25, 2014

Arizona vs. Washington State: Time, TV and odds

What to know as the Wildcats visit the Palouse. The Arizona football team took a big hit to its 2013 season when Washington State visited Tucson late in the year and left with a victory against a sleepy looking Wildcat team -- then again, perhaps it set the ignition for UA's big upset against Oregon the following week. This year, Rich Rodriguez's team visits Pullman, Wash., with a 5-1 record and perhaps a little pent up energy with a bye week following up the first loss of the year, a 28-26 defeat at the hands of USC. Time 3 p.m. MST TV Pac-12 Network Odds Arizona opened as a 4-point...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 24, 2014

Arizona vs. WSU: Three Keys to a Wildcats victory in Pullman

To the yet unknowing world, Pullman is not capable of making good music The Arizona Wildcats are visiting Pullman, Washington and the Washington State Cougars for the first time since 2010. But are they really visiting Pullman? Rich Rodriguez said this week that the team is actually staying in Moscow, Idaho, which has its own state college, the University of Idaho. It's also apparently the first time RichRod has ever set foot in the state of Idaho (sorry potential recruits that live in Idaho). This loophole saves me from having to try to find something interesting about Pullman and...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 24, 2014

Arizona basketball recruiting: Ivan Rabb includes Wildcats in list

Ivan Rabb, a top-5 prospect, cut his list of college choices to five on Friday, and Arizona is still in the running. The Arizona basketball team is expected to add one more player to a four-man 2015 recruiting class, and the biggest prospect left on the board, Ivan Rabb, has kept them in the running. Rabb listed the Wildcats on Friday has he cut his down list to five potential college destinations, according to ESPN. Breaking News: Ivan Rabb tells http://t.co/lJe7Dgw25o Arizona California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA are officially his final 5 schools. — Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi)...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 23, 2014
Arizona football injury report: Nick Wilson, Cayman Bundage listed as questionable for the Wildcats

Arizona football injury report: Nick Wilson, Cayman Bundage listed as questionable for the Wildcats

Several names appear on this week's injury report for Arizona heading into Pullman The official Arizona Wildcats injury report is out, and there are several names on it. Here's a quick look at how everyone is officially listed: PROBABLE: Terris Jones-Grigsby (concussion), Jonathan McKnight (concussion), Parker Zellers (foot) QUESTIONABLE: Nick Wilson (ankle), Cayman Bundage (knee) OUT: DeAndre' Miller (shoulder) So far in 2014, no player listed as questionable has played that week, which does not bode well for Wilson and Bundage, who both missed the USC game. On the Rich Rodriguez Radio...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 23, 2014

Arizona vs. WSU: Rich Rodriguez and players give thoughts on the Cougars

Will Washington State throw the ball a lot? Probably. But they didn't last year. Everyone who has heard of the idea of Washington State playing football this year knows that the Cougars like to put the pigskin up in the air a little bit. Will we see more of that as the Arizona Wildcats make their first trip to Pullman since 2010? Probably. But don't forget last year, where the Cougs came in to Tucson and ran the ball 27 times. Rich Rodriguez and a few of the players give their thoughts on that very conundrum and more: Rich Rodriguez On Washington State's offense Everybody talks about their...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 23, 2014

Wildcat Radio Podcast: Arizona v. Washington State

Wildcat Radio breaks down the upcoming Arizona Football game against Washington State plus review other week nine Pac-12 games. Click on the large square below to play or subscribe for free on iTunes or Stitcher.
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 23, 2014

Arizona basketball No. 1 in Pac-12 preseason media rankings

The Wildcats earned 31 of 32 first-place votes. The Pac-12 preseason media poll picked Sean Miller's Arizona basketball team to win the conference in 2014-15, and the Wildcats also earned all but one of the 32 first-place votes. UCLA heads into the season with a single first-place vote, though the Bruins are only picked to finish fourth. The Utah Utes, who have played Arizona well since joining the Pac-12, are picked just ahead of Colorado with 317 votes to the Buffs' 316. UCLA, Stanford and Washington round out the top half of the conference. The back end of the Pac-12 has a lot of...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 22, 2014
Rich Rodriguez to Florida fears begin at Arizona

Rich Rodriguez to Florida fears begin at Arizona

Rich Rodriguez and Greg Byrne are doing good jobs -- and that means there's a fear they might leave. One mention and it's speculation. Two and it gets a little uncomfortable if you're an Arizona fan. Rich Rodriguez hasn't taken long to build a winning team in the desert, and if the Wildcats find themselves challenging in or winning the Pac-12 South in four weeks, rumors could begin building. The Florida Gators are floundering, and after two less-than-stellar coaching tenures by Ron Zook and current coach Will Muschamp, it seems that a new coach could be on the horizon. Both Yahoo!'s Pat...

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