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Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 27, 2017
Arizona soccer shows ‘grit’ in comeback victory vs. Washington

Arizona soccer shows ‘grit’ in comeback victory vs. Washington

The Wildcats erased UW’s 1-0 deficit in a 2-1 comeback win Even as the talent level has improved and the style of play has changed at Arizona, head coach Tony Amato wants all his teams to have one quality in common. Grit. “That’s kind of who I am, so I’ve always tried to instill that in the team and not lose that blue-collar toughness, the perseverance, and the passion,” he said. “If my teams wouldn’t have that, I wouldn’t love it.” Luckily for him, these Wildcats have it. Despite a shaky first half and being outshot 9-7, the Wildcats scored twice in the second half in a...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 26, 2017
Pima defensive back Haki Woods decommits from Arizona

Pima defensive back Haki Woods decommits from Arizona

Woods had committed to Arizona just 10 days ago Ten days after committing to the Arizona Wildcats, Pima Community College defensive back Haki Woods reopened his recruitment Thursday. “This doesn’t mean that I won’t be going to the University of Arizona, I just want to give myself some time to think and to take the opportunity to visit other universities to make sure that I’m making the best decision for myself,” he tweeted. “Arizona has some great coaches (Coach Yates, Coach Singleton, Coach Magee, Coach Smith) and what they’re doing this year is amazing. I’m very blessed...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 26, 2017
3-star WR/TE Zach Williams commits to Arizona

3-star WR/TE Zach Williams commits to Arizona

Williams hails from Alpharetta, Georgia Three-star wide receiver/tight end Zach Williams has committed to the Arizona Wildcats, he announced Thursday on Twitter. The 6-foot-3 prospect from Alpharetta, Georgia is the No. 1,466 prospect in the 2018 class, per 247Sports. #Beardown pic.twitter.com/8ONFZPPvz5— zach williams (@zch1082) October 26, 2017 Williams had offers from Pittsburgh, Indiana, and Cincinnati among others. He runs a 4.60 40-yard dash, has a 34-inch vertical, and is a First Team Class 6A All-State performer. In 2016, Williams had 43 catches for 979 yards and nine...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 26, 2017
Arizona football injury report vs. Washington State

Arizona football injury report vs. Washington State

A lot of important names on it this week The Arizona Wildcats suffered a myriad of injuries against the California Golden Bears, but Rich Rodriguez said he was “hopeful” that none were too severe and it appears they weren’t. Dereck Boles, Tony Fields II, and Kylan Wilborn — all nicked up last weekend — are probable for Saturday’s game against the No. 15 Washington State Cougars. Here is Arizona’s full injury report: Probable: DL Dereck Boles (neck), LB Tony Fields II (concussion), DE/LB Kylan Wilborn (ankle) Questionable: RB Nick Wilson (ankle) Doubtful: None Out: Trevor Wood...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 26, 2017
Chase Jeter is a ‘vital cog’ in Arizona’s future

Chase Jeter is a ‘vital cog’ in Arizona’s future

The Duke transfer will likely be Arizona’s starting center in 2018-19 because, well, there might not be any other options You don’t have to look far to find the big man of the future for the Arizona Wildcats. That’s Duke transfer Chase Jeter — the 6-foot-10 giant who will be wearing street clothes at the end of the Wildcats’ bench this season. NCAA transfer rules prohibit the newcomer from suiting up in 2017-18, but make no mistake about it, Jeter is invaluable to the Arizona program. With Dusan Ristic set to graduate after the season and Deandre Ayton surely a one-and-done,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 26, 2017
Arizona soccer hosts Washington with NCAA Tournament bid in sight

Arizona soccer hosts Washington with NCAA Tournament bid in sight

An NCAA Tournament bid would be extra special this year for a couple reasons The Arizona Wildcats are on the verge of making the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years, and an appearance this season would be especially gratifying. For one, Arizona has never made the tournament three times in a four-year span. For another, Arizona hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament under head coach Tony Amato without the use of flip throw-ins, a form of offense often seen as a gimmick by “soccer purists,” as Amato calls them. “I feel like we’ve proved ourselves in the way that we don’t...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 26, 2017
Wildcat Radio Podcast: Cal review, WSU preview and football recruiting updates

Wildcat Radio Podcast: Cal review, WSU preview and football recruiting updates

The Wildcats are 5-2 and the guys talk about it Wildcat Radio previews the Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington State Cougars game, talks Khalil Tate and Arizona's overtime win over Cal, the commitment of Haki Woods, and breaks down all of the Pac-12 Week 9 action. Listen to the Wildcat Radio Podcast by playing it below or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn Radio, Google Play, or any other podcast player.
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 25, 2017
Arizona Wildcats’ offense isn’t just good, it’s elite

Arizona Wildcats’ offense isn’t just good, it’s elite

But UA faces its biggest challenge yet this weekend The Arizona Wildcats have won three games in a row, erasing a disappointing 2-2 start to move to 5-2 — just one win away from bowl eligibility with five games left to play. How have they done it? An explosive offense, mainly. Khalil Tate himself has tallied 1,162 yards in the last three weeks, and the Wildcats as a team have racked up 1,683 yards during that span. Arizona is 3-0 since Tate took over as the team’s No. 1 quarterback, and the Wildcats have quickly become an elite offense, not just in the Pac-12, but in the entire...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 25, 2017
LeBron James impressed by Lauri Markkanen, stayed up late to watch Arizona basketball

LeBron James impressed by Lauri Markkanen, stayed up late to watch Arizona basketball

LeBron stayed up late to watch Arizona basketball last year LeBron James is fan of Arizona Wildcats, apparently. The NBA superstar was impressed by UA quarterback Khalil Tate’s record-breaking performance against the Colorado Buffaloes a few weeks ago, and now he’s admiring the game of ex-Wildcat Lauri Markkanen. Markkanen had 19 points and 7 rebounds on 7-12 shooting, while hitting 5-8 from 3 against LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. James described Markkanen as “very confident” — and admitted that he stayed up late to watch Arizona basketball last year. “Had to say up...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 25, 2017
Arizona in the NFL: Robert Golden shows off his cannon arm on trick play

Arizona in the NFL: Robert Golden shows off his cannon arm on trick play

A lot of former Wildcats were in action this past week Sunday meant another week in the NFL and another week of former Arizona Wildcats in action. While some players and teams did not have great performances, one UA alum showed off great arm strength and accuracy on a rare pass. Let’s take a look at how the former ‘Cats performed this past weekend. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots 2017 Stats: 29 rec, 452 yds, 4 TD Gronk had a decent game overall. He came up with 51 yards on three catches. He did do a great job blocking for Brandin Cooks on his 27-yard touchdown...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 25, 2017
Washington State vs. Arizona notes and stats

Washington State vs. Arizona notes and stats

Get primed for Saturday’s game The Arizona Wildcats will be going for their fourth win in a row Saturday, but they will be facing their biggest challenge yet in the No. 15 Washington State Cougars. We scoured through the school-produced game notes to find the most interesting tidbits and stats to get you primed for the game, which begins at 6:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The UA’s game notes can be found here. Washington State’s can be found here. Series stats All-time series: Arizona leads, 26-16 at Tucson: Arizona leads, 13-9 Last meeting: WSU 69,...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 25, 2017
Khalil Tate isn’t your traditional quarterback, and that’s OK

Khalil Tate isn’t your traditional quarterback, and that’s OK

Arizona still doesn’t have a traditional quarterback, but Khalil Tate makes that irrelevant It only took Johnny Manziel a few weeks to be discovered as “Johnny Football”, running around the field, throwing defensive plans out of whack, winning the Heisman Trophy while leading Texas A&M to a well-respected season which included a marquee win over Alabama and the Cotton Bowl. In 2008, the Miami Dolphins incorporated the Wildcat offense to throw the New England Patriots off balance and it seemed to work on the rest of their opponents on their way to the playoffs. The Arizona Wildcats...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 24, 2017
Aaron Gordon drops 41 points, Lauri Markkanen breaks an NBA rookie record

Aaron Gordon drops 41 points, Lauri Markkanen breaks an NBA rookie record

Gordon and Markkanen put on a show Tuesday night. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson wasn’t bad, either. Three former Arizona Wildcats laced up Tuesday night, and all three had excellent games, two having career-nights. Lauri Markkanen, while only three games into his career, broke an NBA rookie record by becoming the first player to hit 10 3-pointers in his first three games. The 7-footer put up 19 points on 7-12 shooting, with a cool 5-8 from 3 against the Cavaliers. Full game highlights, including a 3-pointer over LeBron James are below: Aaron Gordon put up 41-points on 14-18(!) shooting and...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 24, 2017
Lauri Markkanen is first player in NBA history to make 10 3-pointers in first three games

Lauri Markkanen is first player in NBA history to make 10 3-pointers in first three games

The ex-Wildcat is making an early case to be Rookie of the Year Lauri Markkanen got inserted into the Chicago Bulls’ starting lineup because of some very weird circumstances, but he’s quickly making the most of his opportunity. The ex-Arizona Wildcat became the first rookie in NBA history to make 10 3-pointers or more in his first three games. NBA RECORD - Lauri Markkanen is the first player in NBA history to make 10 threes in the first 3 games of his career.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) October 24, 2017 Kevin Durant had the previous record, making 10 3s in four games. Markkanen...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 24, 2017
Arizona Wildcats have best backcourt in college basketball, per NBC

Arizona Wildcats have best backcourt in college basketball, per NBC

And the third-best frontcourt A familiar sentence for every Arizona Wildcats fan this year: expectations are high. In this week’s round of “bests”, “favorites”, and “top picks,” NBC Sports is anointing Arizona as having the best backcourt heading into the 2017-18 season and the third-best frontcourt. Arizona is deep all-around this year, but has a mix of veteran leadership and versatility that’s been recognized. A team’s backcourt typically refers to the point guards, shooting guards, and any combo guards. As a collective unit, Allonzo Trier, Rawle Alkins, Parker...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 24, 2017
Khalil Tate, Tony Fields II named to Pro Football Focus’ Pac-12 Team of the Week

Khalil Tate, Tony Fields II named to Pro Football Focus’ Pac-12 Team of the Week

Tate continues to reel in the accolades Khalil Tate became the first player in almost three decades to win Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week three consecutive weeks, and now he’s made Pro Football Focus’ Pac-12 Team of the Week for the third time in a row, too. PFF Week 8 - Pac 12 Team of the Week - OffenseKhalil Tate takes home QB of the Week honors for a third straight week. pic.twitter.com/Pp1lGQMrc8— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 24, 2017 Tate earned an 88.2 grade in the 45-44 double overtime win against the California Golden Bears, which is the lowest he’s...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 24, 2017
Recruiting update: Arizona lands OL commit, Issaiah Johnson wins award, more

Recruiting update: Arizona lands OL commit, Issaiah Johnson wins award, more

It was a big week for Arizona and its commits It was a good week for the Arizona Wildcats both for the current team and on the recruiting trail. The team beat California in a double overtime thriller, Khalil Tate and Colin Schooler grabbed Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, and the ‘Cats got their 16th commit of the 2018 class. Let’s dive into it with this week’s SitRep. Donovan Laie, OT Oceanside Pirates: 3-5 We’ll start with Arizona’s newest commit. Laie is a player who Arizona needs in this class: a big, physical, Polynesian offensive lineman. On the...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 24, 2017
Allonzo Trier, Deandre Ayton make ESPN’s Preseason All-America Teams

Allonzo Trier, Deandre Ayton make ESPN’s Preseason All-America Teams

The Arizona Wildcats have been racking up recognition all preseason. Here’s more. ESPN has released its preseason All-America teams and two Wildcats find themselves on the list. Allonzo Trier was named to the First Team at the guard position. It’s no surprise to many after he turned down an opportunity enter the NBA Draft. Here’s why ESPN’s Jeff Goodman chose Trier: Trier didn't play like a guy who missed the first 19 games last season. He was suspended for the first half of the season and then proceeded to lead the Wildcats in scoring. Trier should be even more effective this...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 23, 2017
Arizona football recruiting: 3-star OL Donovan Laie commits to Wildcats

Arizona football recruiting: 3-star OL Donovan Laie commits to Wildcats

‘Cats add a much-needed lineman to their class The Arizona Wildcats received some much-needed good news on the recruiting front Monday, picking up a commitment from three-star offensive lineman Donovan Laie. The Oceanside High School (Oceanside, Calif.) product is the No. 1,245 prospect in his class and No. 111 offensive tackle, per 247Sports. Still seems Unreal that this day is finally here. Gods plan Never Mine! #BearDown ⬇️ Lessgooo pic.twitter.com/7DUsc9yJP6— Donovan Laie (@donlaie75) October 24, 2017 Last week, both UA head coach Rich Rodriguez and defensive coordinator...
Arizona Desert Swarm Oct 23, 2017
Nathan Tilford buried on Arizona’s depth chart

Nathan Tilford buried on Arizona’s depth chart

Even when Arizona was down two running backs vs. Cal, Tilford remained on the sideline Despite being without two of their top running backs for most of Saturday’s win vs. Cal, highly-touted freshman Nathan Tilford didn’t see the field for the Arizona Wildcats. Nick Wilson (ankle injury) and J.J. Taylor (targeting) each exited in the first quarter, but Rich Rodriguez turned to redshirt senior Zach Green to carry the load. He did well to say the least, rushing for a career-high 130 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. But when Green needed a breather, Rodriguez turned to former walk-on...

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