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Arizona Desert Swarm 18 hours ago

Arizona football: Paul Magloire has used versatility, instincts to help adjust to Pac-12 speed

Paul Magloire is a newcomer who could be Arizona's big time playmaker on defense this season Paul Magloire came into Arizona with an OKG mindset. Entering this past spring, he adjusted to the Pac-12 game and learned his new responsibilities for him to contribute immediately on defense. This summer, he's been hitting the weight room and it's paying dividends, breaking the defense back bench press record, then breaking his own record days later. "Just working out pretty hard and getting bigger a little bit faster, a little bit stronger and it's been pretty good," he said about his...
Arizona Desert Swarm 20 hours ago

Arizona football countdown: 7 days, Jamar Allah poised for big season with Wildcats

Don't let the new number fool you Even though Jamar Allah is a senior, he's still sort of inexperienced, starting just two games in 2014 at bandit safety in place of Jared Tevis, who happened to start at a linebacker spot in those two games (Washington State and UCLA). But now with a new number and some serious turnover in the secondary, Allah is poised to be the starter at free safety, and make a big impact on the Arizona Wildcats defense. Ever since the start of spring, when Allah made the switch from No. 27 to No. 7, he has been getting the praise of Rich Rodriguez, as well as the...
Arizona Desert Swarm 22 hours ago

Arizona football: Shun Brown will be a backup slot receiver for Wildcats

A true freshman that will get some run at receiver this year As fall camp wound down and school got started this week, the true freshmen that will play for the Arizona Wildcats this year started to clear up a little bit. One of those guys is likely Shun Brown, who can fill in at a slot position when Samajie Grant and Nate Phillips need a break. "He's going to play," wide receivers coach Tony Dews said of the freshman. "He's earned the right to play. He's busted his butt through camp and since we've ended camp, so he's earned the right to play. Now, how much? That's still to be determined,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 27, 2015

Arizona football: Sharif Williams is focusing on conditioning to prepare for his responsibilites

Getting to know one of Arizona's biggest linemen at Media Day Sharif Williams brings the much-needed size to the defensive line, and could be a big time contributor once he is able to get his body 100% prepared for action on the field. It's been a rocky road for Williams to get to Arizona, but he's finally here and ready to make some moves. Coming out of Central High School (Fresno, CA), he was joined by his two teammates Devon Brewer and Nick Wilson. "That had a big influence having two friends come with me. What made me so comfortable was Coach Rod. Talking to him face to face, that was a...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 27, 2015

Sonoran Hot Reads: Scooby Wright isn't quite perfect

Even Scooby messes up sometimes Sports Illustrated ranked the Arizona Wildcats 15th in the preseason poll, and their feature was on none other than Scooby Wright III, and what makes him tick after an incredible 2014 campaign. But the story at the beginning is amazing: There is also the matter of the large cut across his nose. This one is about a week old. Wright had moved into a new apartment and put a key in the door to open it. It was not the correct key. But he was reasonably sure it was, and that the door was being stubborn. So a 246-pound man who recorded 163 tackles last fall set to...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 26, 2015

Arizona football countdown: 8 days, the same number of field goals Casey Skowron missed last year

He may have missed eight field goals, but it was still a successful year for the Arizona kicker Like all college kickers, Casey Skowron had his share of ups and downs last season. He missed three field goals in the two-point loss to USC, including a 36-yarder that would have won the Arizona Wildcats the game. A few weeks later though, he made up for it when he made a 47-yarder in the final seconds of the game to beat Washington. He scored a rushing touchdown on a fake field goal in that game too. He received death threats after one instance, and was carried off the field by his teammates...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 26, 2015

Arizona football: Marcus Griffin has made the most of his reps to become more comfortable

For redshirt freshman Marcus Griffin, he's taking advantage of his reps After redshirting his freshman year, Marcus Griffin is much more comfortable on the defensive line. With a full year under his belt, he's feeling much more confident. After enduring two fall camps and spring, Griffin has been able to notice a difference in his game. "I think it's a lot different. I got a full year to learn the defense and get comfortable with the position. I came in, kind of got thrown into the water, didn't know exactly what position. I had to learn two different positions and get my feet wet but now...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 26, 2015

Sonoran Hot Reads: Arizona linebacker Jamardre Cobb moves to running back

Another player switching positions Ever since they set foot on campus last year, people have wondered when the four-star linebacker combo of Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware would start contributing to the team. Well, Cobb might, but not at linebacker. At 2:20 of this video, Rich Rodriguez announced that they have moved the highly-touted linebacker to running back/fullback. - ESPN ranked the top ten Pac-12 games of the year. UA/ASU is 3rd, and ten, they have every game that Utah plays. Ok ESPN. - 247Sports has Arizona sitting at 26 in the overall recruiting rankings after the commitment of...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 25, 2015

Arizona football: Kendal Franklin adjusting to college life and picking up on the playbook

Get to know more about Kendal Franklin as he begins his journey at Arizona. Kendal Franklin came into the 2015 recruiting class as the lone linebacker, checking in at 6-1 228lbs. We caught up with him at Media Day. Coming all the way from Louisiana, he's been enjoying his first few weeks on campus. "It's amazing. It's been fun. Camp has been pushing us a lot, everyone working to try and get better," Franklin said. "I haven't been on campus all that much, just because we're in camp all day, but from the bit of campus I've been on, it's been cool." Of course, there's a transition period for...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 25, 2015

Arizona football countdown: 9 days, the number of receiving TDs for Cayleb Jones in 2014

Should we expect double digits this year? We have reached single digits in our countdown to Arizona Wildcats football! Last season, Texas transfer Cayleb Jones made a huge splash at receiver, catching nine TDs in his first full season of action in college as a redshirt sophomore. "I was very fresh out there and I didn't know what to expect," Jones said of his first season. But is it fair to wonder if there could have been more? Jones was dealing with a broken hand towards the end of the season, which hurt his production, along with Anu Solomon's ankle injury. "People didn't know, but it...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 25, 2015

AZDS Tuesday Twitterbag: Predicting the 2015 Arizona football season

Let's look into the crystal ball Now that we are almost a week away from the start of Arizona Wildcats football, it seems that you guys are very concerned with what things will look like at the end of the season. Remember to tweet us your questions, or feel free to drop them in the comments for next week's Twitterbag, which will be just TWO DAYS before football! @azdesertswarm where do you realistically expect UofA to be at the end of the season? — Kyle Goose (@GooseThe_Moose) August 25, 2015 I realistically expect them to be playing a football game in Tempe at the end of the season....
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 25, 2015

Arizona football depth chart: Other than Nick Wilson, which running backs will step up?

We know Nick Wilson is a phenomenal player, but the rest of the running backs are unproven. Which one will rise to the occasion? Nick Wilson had a sensational freshman year racking up 1375 yards and 16 touchdowns, so the Arizona Wildcats know who their starter and workhorse will be. With the graduation of Terris Jones-Grigsby, however, we don't really know who his complement will be. Key losses: Terris Jones-Grigsby, Adonis Smith Key returners: Nick Wilson, Jared Baker, Zach Green, Jonathan Haden Key additions: Orlando Bradford TJG had over 500 yards rushing last year, and someone (or...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 25, 2015

Arizona football: Playbook and confidence continue to open up for Anu Solomon in year two

Big things might be coming for the Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon is the clear cut starter for Arizona, giving Rich Rodriguez a returning quarterback for the first time in three years at Arizona. Heading into his second year as the starter, entering his redshirt sophomore season, Anu Solomon is much more comfortable with the offense, and is ready for his experience to help him progress in the system. But heading into camp, Anu said his job wasn't safe. "Going into camp this year, my job wasn't secure. I still had to go in and compete for it. I know there's three guys wanting my job so bad,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 25, 2015

Sonoran Hot Reads: Cayleb Jones and Scooby Wright earn more preseason honors

Not a total surprise that these two keep getting recognized The final preseason All-America teams are starting to roll in, and Scooby Wright III finds himself on both the ESPN and the Bleacher Report lists. ESPN also has Cayleb Jones on it's All-Pac-12 preseason team. ESPN's Kevin Gemmell also has this nice feature on Scoob. - 2017 QB Tate Martell from Basha is gaining interest from Arizona, as well as what appears to be the entire West Coast - I always like our roundtables, and we brought them back for football season! - Freddie Tagaloa was deemed the 42nd-most likely breakout...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 24, 2015

Arizona football roundtable: On the Wildcats' offensive line, secondary, and Thursday games

Our roundtables are back! With the Arizona Wildcats season just around the corner, we are back with our first football roundtable of the year! Let us know if you agree or what your thoughts are in the comments! And if you have questions of your own, leave those here for Tuesday's Twitterbag! 1. On a scale of 1-10, how concerned are you about the offensive line? Gabe Encinas: As of now, about 4. I feel confident with Freddie Tagaloa, Jacob Alsadek and Lene Maiava holding down their part of the line. As a 4th year guy, Bundage should be fine at center when it comes to the smarts of playing...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 24, 2015

Arizona football countdown: 10 days, the number of wins the Wildcats had last season

Last season was Arizona's first 10-win season since 1998. Can the team repeat that this year? Despite being projected to finish fourth in the division, Arizona surprised the pundits, winning the division and putting together a 10-win season last year. This was the third 10-win season in Arizona history (the others coming in 1993 and 1998), the first 10-win season in over 15 years, and the first 10-win season under Rich Rodriguez. While Arizona has a lot going for it this year - many of its best players, like Anu Solomon and Scooby Wright III, return - it again is projected to finish fourth...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 24, 2015

3-star offensive tackle Bryson Cain commits to Arizona

Another offensive lineman for Arizona's 2016 recruiting class Finally some exciting Arizona recruiting news, as Arizona lands the commitment from 3-star offensive tackle Bryson Cain. He's a 6-4 270lb 3-star, hailing from Great Oak (Temecula, CA). Temecula (Calif) Great Oak OL Bryson Cain announced moments ago he'll play his college ball at #Arizona http://t.co/fDOHAVAj40 @_groundzer0 — Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) August 24, 2015 He held offers to Nevada, Kansas and San Diego State, but had it down to Arizona, Army and Washington State as his final three schools. I had talked to...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 24, 2015

Arizona football: Notable quotes and information from Media Day

We got some more info on tight ends, defensive backs, and..... sandwiches? The Arizona Wildcats media day was on Sunday, and here are some of the story lines I was able to come across during it. Tight ends We've been talking a lot about tight ends this offseason, and so I asked Josh Kern and Trevor Wood about what their role would be, since tight ends haven't been used much during Rich Rodriguez' tenure at Arizona so far. "Hopefully an increased role," Kern said. "It’s been our fault that we weren’t ready to go, our weight wasn’t ready, we weren’t mentally ready to go with some of...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 24, 2015

Sonoran Hot Reads: School's back, and so are Arizona sports

Welcome back to class School's back in session for all you Arizona Wildcats out there, but on the bright side, so are sports that count! Women's soccer kicked off the Arizona Athletics year with a weekend sweep of Abilene Christian and Santa Clara. Sports are back! Cece Bilginer's game-winner for @ArizonaWSoccer is certainly a #12Best Moment. #Pac12WSOC http://t.co/UmuEWIfrvN — Pac-12 Networks (@Pac12Networks) August 24, 2015 Football - Arizona wrapped up camp on Saturday, and we had a few different angles for you all to check out, including a look at the starter's success, seeing...
Arizona Desert Swarm Aug 23, 2015

Arizona football: Wildcats TE Trevor Wood to miss time with injury

A potential blow to the presumed tight end game There's been a lot of talk about the Arizona Wildcats using tight end, but after Saturday's scrimmage and Sunday's injury news, that may be more talk than actual action. Sunday's injury news was that sophomore Trevor Wood is likely to miss a chunk of time to start the season. God has a plan... Even if there's a couple set backs — Trevor Wood (@t_wood_8) August 23, 2015 "Trevor Wood would have (played at tight end), but he's banged up," Rich Rodriguez told me on Sunday. "We don't know what Trevor's status is." Wood has missed a pretty...

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