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Arizona Desert Swarm 57 mins ago

AZDS Tuesday Twitterbag: Can we get new football uniforms?

Answering your questions! Despite football season starting Wednesday, you guys still had mostly basketball questions.... But we're going to start with the burning football questions! As always, tweet questions to @azdesertswarm, or drop questions in the comments for next week's Twitterbag! @azdesertswarm was Greg Byrne's tweet about Nike and "something in the near future" referring to new football uniforms possibly? — ΒΞN (@thisisbenhunt) August 4, 2015 Yeah, there's been all kind of subtle hints from the Arizona Football twitter world all summer that some kind of change is...
Arizona Desert Swarm 6 hours ago

Sonoran Hot Reads: Fabbians Ebbele's experience helping him adjust to the NFL

He could end up being the guy out of last year's graduating class to carve out a spot at the next level A picture of former Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Fabbians Ebbele started going around Twitter Monday, which shows just how ridiculously large the man is: Fabbians Ebbele is huge if you didn't know already. pic.twitter.com/7ooDRXHIEU — Kyle Engman (@KyleEngmanNFL) July 30, 2015 Ebbele recently talked to 247Sports about how his uncommon amount of experience and size from an undrafted free agent has helped him adjust to life with the Packers. "I think it has really molded me...
Arizona Desert Swarm 22 hours ago

Arizona football countdown: 31 days, the number of points the Wildcats put up in Eugene in 2014

The biggest road win of the RichRod era There have been plenty of big home wins since Rich Rodriguez made his way to Tucson. Last year's Arizona State game is obviously the one that comes to mind first. The demolition of Oregon in 2013 was also pretty good. But a lot of people looked at that 2013 thrashing of the Ducks as sort of a fluke. B.J. Denker went off, so did Ka'Deem Carey. The Arizona defense was the best it's been in many years. And then 2014 happened, and it was obvious that 2013 was no fluke. Arizona scored 31 points in Eugene on that first Thursday of October in 2014. It may...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 3, 2015

Arizona football: Ranking the toughest games on Arizona's schedule this season

12 weeks, 12 games 1) at USC, Saturday, November 7th (Week 10) Both the media and myself have USC as the Pac-12 Conference Champions. After playing nine straight weeks up to this point, it's going to be tough road game for Arizona. Heading to Los Angeles, on a grass field, which has statistically caused Rich Rodriguez trouble since taking over at Arizona. 2) at Arizona State, Saturday, November 21st (Week 12) A game played in Sun Devil Stadium, much less a rivalry game, is tough. It'll be interesting to see how their seating arrangements affect their noise level, going from a total capacity...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 3, 2015

Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona a second-tier team in the Pac-12?

Didn't this team win the South last year? So this seems to be a common theme at Arizona with regards to football, so I guess I'll just have to accept it at some point, but here's some more possible underestimating of Arizona. After doing all the hardcore statistical analysis previews of the Pac-12, Bill Connelly has Arizona as a second-tier Pac-12 team, and sixth overall. This comes just days after the Wildcats were ranked 22nd in the preseason coaches poll, and picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 South. I don't know about you, but a team that won its division with a freshman...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 2, 2015

Arizona football countdown: 32 days, the number of receiving touchdowns Juron Criner snagged at Arizona

We take a look back at Juron Criner, one of the best receivers in Arizona history. Arizona is currently loaded with wide receiver talent. From Samajie Grant and Nate Phillips to Cayleb Jones and Trey Griffey, the wide receiving corps is stacked. But while the receiving corps is as deep and talented as it's ever been, I don't know if any of those players, individually, could match up to Juron Criner. Criner was absolutely electrifying at Arizona. He had an incredible chemistry with Nick Foles and made ridiculous catches on a regular basis. Foles could often just throw the ball up and trust...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 2, 2015

Arizona football: Can Arizona win 10 games again in 2015?

10 wins wouldn't be crazy to expect with this schedule A few days ago, I released my Pac-12 preseason poll, going through each teams schedule, handing out wins/losses to each team. Oddsmakers put the over/under on Arizona wins at 7/5, which was a bit odd considering the fact that Rich Rodrogiez returns 14 starters from his 10-win team. Arizona has a pretty favorable schedule this season, as favorable as a Pac-12 South schedule gets. So here, we'll have a mini breakdown on each team the Wildcats will face throughout the season. They should have no problems with one of the easiest...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 1, 2015

The Basketball Tournament: Kyle Fogg, Overseas Elite advance to Sunday's Championship Game

Playing for that cash After advancing to the semifinals of "The Tournament", former Arizona Wildcats standout Kyle Fogg and his team Overseas Elite advanced to Sunday's final. 1 more win baby!! — Kyle Fogg (@KFogg21) August 1, 2015 Overseas Elite defeated City of Gods 84-71, sending them on to the deciding game with Team 23, which will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed on Watch ESPN at Noon PT on Sunday. Fogg scored 12 points on just six shots, and also added four rebounds and an assist. He looked good from deep range (2-2 from three) and getting back on defense. He did struggle at...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 1, 2015

Arizona football countdown: 33 days, Scooby Wright looks to build on his terrific 2014 season

With 33 days left until the season, we take a look at Arizona's current No. 33, Scooby Wright, and the strange situation he finds himself in this season. Scooby Wright's entire ethos is built upon disrespect. Wright is famously bitter that Cal coaches told him to consider Sacramento State when he was looking to play college football, and just about every national article about Scooby mentions how other major conference schools whiffed on his recruitment. Wright uses that disrespect to motivate himself and prove those doubters wrong. His screen name on Twitter is even @TwoStarScoob, a...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 1, 2015

Arizona football recruiting: After recent commitments, the Arizona coaching staff can now focus on Brandon Burton

Arizona has its sights on a top 25 recruiting class Arizona went all in for Michael Eletise these past few months and it paid off. Now, the next top recruit on their board seems to Brandon Burton, 4-star safety, ranked 6th in his position, out of Serra High School (Gardena, CA). Burton has a top seven filled with powerhouse programs. As of right now, I feel pretty good about Arizona landing Brandon Burton, despite the loaded competition. As Khalil Tate's top receiver, there's a strong connection between the two. Proud of @KhalilDTN & @BraandonD1 from their Inglewood youth football days...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 1, 2015

Arizona basketball: Kyle Fogg makes the semifinals of The Tournament

Hey, remember that basketball tournament for a million dollars? Kyle Fogg is still in it. About a month ago, we told you about "The Tournament," a million dollar basketball tournament. We mentioned some former Arizona players would be playing, including Mark Lyons, Kyle Fogg, and Hassan Adams. Well, The Tournament is now down to four teams, and while Hassan Adams' LAUNFD and Mark Lyons' Armored Athlete both lost in the quarterfinals, Kyle Fogg's Overseas Elite are still alive with only four teams remaining. Fogg is playing alongside Myck Kabongo, Travis Bader, and Errick McCollum. If...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 1, 2015

Arizona football: A look at the running back competition heading into fall camp

A battle of two running backs under 5'9 for the third running back spot Nick Wilson is going to be among the conference's best running backs, including Oregon's Royce Freeman, Utah's Devontae Booker and UCLA's Paul Perkins. The emphasis of this season is going to be maintaining the health of the key starters, which includes Nick Wilson. Rich Rodriguez has never given his third string running back more than 30 touches in a season in his three years at Arizona, but that might have to change this year. With Nick Wilson leading the way, it'll be Jared Baker right behind to hopefully provide...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 31, 2015

Arizona football countdown: 34 days, the number of points the Wildcats averaged in 2014

Is 34 points the magic number? It's no secret that Arizona runs a high-tempo offense with Rich Rodriguez. The Arizona Wildcats ran over 80 plays per game in 2014, good for 6th-best in the nation. Arizona played the 17th-toughest schedule in the nation last year and came away with 10 wins, with most of the success relying heavily on the offensive production. Arizona was 7-0 when scoring more than 34 points last season. Averaging over 460 yards a game, Arizona scored a total of 484 points on the season, good for 15th in the nation, and second in the Pac-12, behind only Oregon. The Ducks...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 31, 2015

Pac-12 Media Days viewing info

Watch all of Pac-12 Media Days The Arizona Wildcats are due up for Pac-12 Media Days on Friday morning. You can watch it all on Pac-12 Networks, or you can stream it for free here. Rich Rodriguez, William Parks, and David Richards start Friday's festivities at 9:30 AM PT. Then at 10:10, the three should find themselves on the broadcast for various interviews with the Pac-12 Network. Here's the entire schedule for Friday's teams that will go. Are you READY for more Media Days tomorrow? This crew is FREE to watch online, and here's how: http://t.co/WIECqzSuqJ pic.twitter.com/WmJYT0sS7B —...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 30, 2015

Arizona football: Wildcats ranked 22nd in preseason coaches poll, picked to finish 4th in the Pac-12 South

Football is coming soon. The preseason coaches poll was released today, and the Arizona Wildcats check in at No. 22 in the country. There are a total of six Pac-12 schools in the top 25, with Arizona being the lowest-ranked of the six. RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW 1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR – 2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR – 3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR – 4 Baylor 11-2 1365 NR – 5 Oregon 13-2 1260 NR – 6 Michigan State 11-2 1230 NR – 7 Auburn 8-5 1103 NR – 8 Florida...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 30, 2015

Arizona football recruiting: 4-star offensive guard Michael Eletise talks about his decision to commit to Arizona

Despite all the Washington rumors, Eletise committed to Arizona Arizona landed yet another 4-star recruit this week in Michael Eletise, ranked No. 9 among all offensive guards in the nation. The 6-4 315lb Hawaiian native had over 42 college offers and chose the Wildcats over Arizona State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, and Washington. "It feels pretty good, I'm not gonna lie," Eletise said about committing to Arizona. I had predicted that Eletise was going to Washington, as it had seemed as if the Huskies were the leader throughout his entire recruitment process. When he announced that he was...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 29, 2015

College basketball teams are reportedly coming to NBA 2K16, and Arizona could be one of them

In the newest version of NBA2K, you might be able to lead Sean Miller to his first Final Four appearance There hasn't been a college basketball video game since NCAA Basketball 2010 was released by EA Sports in 2009. However, it looks like college basketball may be returning to video games - well sort of. 2KSports, the creator of the ever-so-popular NBA2K series, has reportedly acquired the licensing to 11 schools through the Collegiate Licensing Company. Those 11 schools are: Arizona State, UConn, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, UCLA, Villanova, Wisconsin, and yes, your...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 29, 2015

Arizona football countdown: 36 days, the number of career starts for Jonathan McKnight

An underrated part of Arizona's secondary One guy on the 2014 version of the Arizona Wildcats who probably didn't get enough credit for what he did was senior cornerback Jonathan McKnight. McKnight was the lone upperclassman at the position last season. He had to make up for the shortcomings of Jarvis McCall, who was taken advantage of time and time again last year. Then when McCall went down with injury, McKnight was paired with true freshman Cam Denson. While it seems that Denson is poised to have a great 2015, having that freshman combo as his other corner had to have been difficult for...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 29, 2015

Arizona football: Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware need a strong fall camp performance

A lot of people have been asking about Cobb and Ware lately This week, I came out with defensive depth chart predictions and with it, came some questions, mostly about Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware. Only Ware was listed on my depth chart, behind Scooby Wright III, who should seemingly never come off the field. Both came into the program with high expectations. The duo of four-star linebackers out of Salesian High School (Los Angeles, CA) were both ranked as top 20 linebackers in the nation - Cobb at No. 17 and Ware at No. 16. Many believed that they could come in and start immediately,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Jul 28, 2015

Arizona football countdown: 37 days: 37 years ago, Arizona joined the Pac-10 and played in their first Pac-10 conference game

37 years ago, Arizona beat Oregon State in their first Pac-10 conference game amid some controversy In 1931, the Arizona Wildcats joined the Border Conference. A conference that once consisted of New Mexico State, New Mexico, Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Northern Arizona, UTEP, West Texas A&M, and Hardin-Simmons. Arizona left the Border Conference after the 1960 season (the conference as a whole folded in 1961), and after a year of being an "independent", Arizona joined the Western Athletic Conference in 1962. Arizona would stay in the WAC for 16 years (1962-1977) and the football...

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