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  10/11/21 - Jordan McCloudrJr/2023, Arizona, 6-0, 193 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Arizona quarterback Jordan McCloud is out for the rest of the season after suffering right knee and ankle injuries against UCLA. Wildcats coach Jedd Fisch said Monday McCloud is expected to have surgery this week. McCloud was injured in the fourth quarter of Arizona's 34-16 loss to UCLA Saturday night when his leg got twisted up while he was getting sacked. A transfer from South Florida, McCloud started two games after beginning the season as the backup to Gunner Cruz and Will Plummer. The sophomore threw for 481 yards and two touchdowns in three games this season. Fisch said Cruz, who started the first two games of the season, will start against Colorado on Saturday. - AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jordan McCloudArizona
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  The most notable aspect of Stanley Berryhill III's career-best performance in the season opener wasn't what he did but how he did it. The veteran Arizona receiver notched personal highs with 12 catches for 102 yards against BYU last week. That shouldn't be surprising given that Berryhill led the team in receiving last year and had a stellar offseason, earning the coveted No. 1 jersey. The fact that 83 of his yards came after the catch? That's a big deal.

Berryhill conceded that in the past he would look to avoid contact and head to the sideline after securing the ball. "Try to take the least hits as possible," Berryhill said Tuesday. At the urging of his new coaches, Berryhill changed his approach this offseason. With their words - "We don't run out of bounds. We fight for extra yards" - running through his head, Berryhill ran through and around the BYU secondary. - Arizona Star News


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  09/07/21 - Jamarye JoinerrJr/2023, Arizona, 6-1, 214 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Arizona could get two of its key players back for Saturday's home opener. Fisch said left tackle Jordan Morgan, who missed the season opener because of a lower-leg injury, will be a game-time decision against SDSU. Morgan traveled with the team but didn't suit up. Fisch said Morgan "wasn't healthy enough to play the amount of snaps we were going to play (83 vs. BYU)." Whether he can do it vs. the Aztecs will be determined in practice this week. Receiver Jamarye Joiner has been working on the side for most of the offseason after having foot surgery in the spring. He dressed for warmups before the BYU game and participated in drills. Joiner had projected a return in Week 3 or 4 but could make his 2021 debut this Saturday, Fisch said. "He's doing great," Fisch said. "Dr. Joiner wasn't exactly sure how he was going to recover." - Arizona Republic

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Jamarye JoinerArizona
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  08/30/21 - Jalen HarrisrSr/2022, Arizona, 6-4, 258 (DS#72 OLB) + More +

  The No. 1 jersey will not be the exclusive domain of receiver Stanley Berryhill. Arizona announced Monday that a second player, defensive end Jalen Harris, has earned the right to wear No. 1. Players can wear duplicate jersey numbers in college if they play on opposite sides of the ball. Like Berryhill, Harris is entering his fifth year as a Wildcat and has put together a sterling offseason. Nine players were in the running for the No. 1, which was to be awarded based on academic achievement, community service, workout attendance and on-field performance. Harris has 74 tackles, including 13 stops for losses (seven sacks), in 32 career games. He had a career-high three passes defensed last season. - Arizona Star News

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  08/30/21 - Tayvian CunninghamrSr/2022, Arizona, 5-09, 174 (DS#142 WR) + More +

  Cunningham might have been the most improved Wildcat during training camp. He put on about nine pounds of muscle over the summer and expanded his game, running sharper routes and making more plays in the intermediate areas of the field. Cunningham has split time between the football and track teams. He clocked a personal-best time of 10.61 seconds in the 100 meters earlier this year. A player that fast should have career averages greater than 11.9 yards per reception and 19.4 yards per kickoff return.

Cunningham's 15.4-yard per-catch average last season included a 75-yard touchdown reception in the opener vs. USC. He averaged only 8.0 yards on his other eight grabs. How could an athlete as explosive as Cunningham get so little bang for his buck? Arizona's porous pass protection undoubtedly played a role. If the scheme created opportunities for him, they weren't realized aside from that deep ball against the Trojans. Cunningham also wasn't as polished a player as he is now. We don't expect Cunningham to lead Arizona in receptions; that should be a two-man battle between Stanley Berryhill III and BJ Casteel. But there's a good chance Cunningham will rank among the offense's leaders in big plays thanks to his own improvement and Jedd Fisch recognizing how potent a weapon Cunningham can be. - Arizona Star News


(DS#142 WR) rSr/2022 WR Tayvian CunninghamArizona
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  08/29/21 - Anthony PandyrSr/2022, Arizona, 6-0, 222 (DS#78 OLB) + More +

  The Arizona Wildcats named their 2021 team captains Friday evening as UA's season opener against BYU now sits just eight days away. The Cats' team captains are as follows: WR Stanley Berryhill III, LB Anthony Pandy, DE Jalen Harris, OL Josh McCauley, WR Thomas Reid III and K Lucas Havrisik. Four of the six captains are seniors; Berryhill (redshirt junior) and Harris (redshirt junior) are the exceptions. All six have also invested a significant amount of time in the Arizona program and are some of the most experienced players on the roster. Berryhill, Pandy, Harris, McCauley and Havrisik project as starters to open the season, with Reid competing for snaps at wide receiver and on special teams. Berryhill and Pandy both represented the Wildcats during the team's Pac-12 Media Day in Los Angeles earlier this summer. - Arizona Star News

(DS#78 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Anthony PandyArizona
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  SB3 will be wearing No. 1. Veteran Arizona receiver Stanley Berryhill III has earned the right to wear the No. 1 jersey for the Wildcats, his father posted on Facebook. Nine players were in the running for the number, which was to be awarded based on academic achievement, community service, workout attendance and on-field performance. First-year coach Jedd Fisch said it was possible two players could wear No. 1 - one on offense, one on defense - but Berryhill is the only known recipient. Entering his fifth season, Berryhill is Arizona's leading returning receiver. Berryhill had 23 catches for 227 yards and three touchdowns in five games. For his career, Berryhill has 56 receptions, 733 yards and eight scores in 25 contests. - Arizona Star News

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  08/26/21 - Gunner CruzrSo/2024, Arizona, 6-5, 217 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  After months of jockeying for Arizona's starting quarterback spot, Gunner Cruz and Will Plummer will both earn reps in the Wildcats' Sept. 4 season opener against BYU. UA coach Jedd Fisch announced the decision during his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon. Cruz, a Gilbert native and Washington State transfer, and Plummer, a fellow Gilbert product and second-year returner, will start ahead of South Florida transfer Jordan McCloud, who missed spring ball and didn't arrive on campus until the start of preseason training camp. Cruz will handle Arizona's opening drive against BYU. "Two's better than one," Fisch said. "That's our mindset until further notice."

The last time the 6-foot-5, 227-pound Cruz started a game at quarterback was his senior season in 2018 at Queen Creek Casteel High School, when the Colts lost Gilbert Higley in a playoff game. As a junior, Cruz led Casteel to a perfect 14-0 record and the Class 3A state championship. Casteel finished his high school career with 3,598 yards, 30 touchdowns and five interceptions. At Washington State, Cruz only saw action in one game against USC, completing 5 of 7 passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. - Arizona Star News


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  08/22/21 - Tayvian CunninghamrSr/2022, Arizona, 5-09, 174 (DS#142 WR) + More +

  Senior receiver Tayvian Cunningham has been one of the most improved players on the team since spring. Known mainly for his straight-line speed, Cunningham, who doubles as a sprinter for the track team, has made plays in tight quarters as well as down the field during camp. "I'm so proud of Tay," Cummings said. "The work that he put in in the offseason shows that he's serious about this. He's always been track and football. In the spring he was (still) going to track. I wouldn't say he wasn't fully into football, but he had other things that he was doing. This whole summer he was focused on ball."

Cunningham gained strength and a greater knowledge of the playbook. The latter has enabled him to play fast. "Now he knows exactly what he's doing, so you see that speed show up," Cummings said. "People think that Tayvian is just a speed guy. What he's really done is show that he could be a pure route runner." Cunningham, a transfer from Sacramento City College, has 44 catches for 522 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games at the UA. He also has averaged 19.4 yards on 18 kickoff returns. - Arizona Republic


(DS#142 WR) rSr/2022 WR Tayvian CunninghamArizona
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  08/22/21 - Rashie Hodge Jr.Sr/2022, Arizona, 5-11, 235 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Arizona added five linebackers via the NCAA transfer portal. The least heralded among them has made the strongest early impression. Rashie Hodge Jr., via New Mexico State, has been buzzing around the practice field this week. After recording three tackles for losses Thursday, including a sack, Hodge had an interception Friday (the aforementioned pick of Plummer). He also played perfect coverage on a sideline pass intended for tailback Michael Wiley that fell incomplete. "I saw a guy flash, make a play, flash, make a play," defensive line coach Ricky Hunley said. "One thing that we can't teach is speed, and he's got it." Hodge attended Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix and Glendale Community College before playing for NMSU in 2019. He started 11 of 12 games for the Aggies, recording 90 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss. The Aggies didn't play last season because of the pandemic. - Arizona Star News

(DS#999 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Rashie Hodge Jr.Arizona
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  08/07/21 - Lucas HavrisikrSr/2022, Arizona, 6-1, 184 (DS#28 K) + More +

  Reporter: "So Lucas Havrisik decided to come back for another year ..." Coach: "Thank God." The coach expressing his gratitude was Arizona assistant Keith Dudzinski, whose charges include the Wildcats' specialists. He meant no disrespect to any other kickers on the roster. Havrisik just happens to be a known quantity - and a potential breakout star - on a team lacking in both. Havrisik, Arizona's fifth-year placekicker, was the only Wildcat to make the preseason All-Pac-12 first or second teams. He earned that recognition after a standout 2020 campaign during which he made 6 of 7 field-goal attempts and booted more than 80% of his kickoffs (17 of 21) for touchbacks.

Havrisik has demonstrated NFL-caliber leg strength since the moment he arrived in Tucson in 2017. He had a 67.7% touchback rate as a freshman, and it's only gotten higher since. His career mark is 75.2%. He ranked 10th nationally last season at 81.0%. If that were his only job, Havrisik would be a clear All-America candidate. He hasn't been nearly as consistent or proficient on placements - field goals or extra points - and that's led to some frustrating moments. - Arizona Star News


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  08/07/21 - Jakelyn MorganFr/2025, Arizona, 6-1, 175 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Arizona's starting cornerbacks this year will most likely be returning star Christian Roland-Wallace and Notre Dame transfer Isaiah Rutherford, who was one of 13 players Fisch and Co. scooped from the transfer portal. The reserve scholarship cornerbacks? Junior McKenzie Barnes and redshirt Malik Hausman, walk-on Treydan Stukes - and Morgan, an incoming freshman.

Barnes had a promising start to his Arizona career, playing in nine games as a freshman, but his productivity on the field has tapered since the 2018 season, while Hausman has mostly served as a special teams player in four years. Initially recruited by Kevin Sumlin, Morgan remained committed and signed with the Wildcats. He told the Star in April: "I'm 100% confident they can coach me and turn me into a man and a great player and get me to my goal, which is the NFL." Morgan's lengthy frame and athleticism coupled with Arizona's lack of scholarship cornerbacks could get him on the field sooner than later. - Arizona Republic


(DS#999 CB) Fr/2025 CB Jakelyn MorganArizona
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  08/05/21 - Malik ReedSo/2024, Arizona, 6-0, 218 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  Arizona's linebacker corps was slim during spring ball, but an influx of transfers and freshmen will add more bodies for Don Brown's defense. One of those transfers is former Chandler High School star linebacker Malik Reed, who returned to Arizona after one season with the Wisconsin Badgers. Reed was a high priority for the Wildcats' 2020 recruiting class, but he ultimately selected Wisconsin over the UA, UCLA, Nebraska and Colorado, among others. Reed was recruited as an outside linebacker out of high school, but could shift to inside linebacker alongside Anthony Pandy, Jabar Triplett and transfers Treshaun Hayward (Western Michigan), Jerry Roberts (Bowling Green) and Kenny Hebert (Vanderbilt). - Arizona Star News

(DS#999 ILB) So/2024 ILB Malik ReedArizona
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  08/05/21 - Jordan McCloudrJr/2023, Arizona, 6-0, 193 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Here was Fisch's message about the Arizona quarterbacks battle following the spring game: "Get ready for a war. If they want to be the starting quarterback here in September, then they better be ready to compete. We've got another guy coming in, we've got a bunch of guys here, and I hope they're ready for a lot of battles to see who's going to come out on top." Gunner Cruz and returner Will Plummer split most of the snap in spring ball. That other "guy" is ex-South Florida starter Jordan McCloud, who is one of three quarterbacks Arizona has added via transfer portal; Cruz (Washington State) and walk-on Nick Moore (Oregon State) are the others.

McCloud was the only quarterback on Arizona's roster who didn't participate in spring ball, so he's behind schedule in terms of understanding verbiage and experiencing Fisch's offense first-hand. But McCloud stayed engaged as much as he could, and even attended a spring practice as a spectator. In two seasons at South Florida, McCloud completed 244 of 418 passes for 2,770 yards and 21 touchdowns while being intercepted 10 times. He also rushed for 357 yards and five touchdowns. In the final game of the 2020 season against Central Florida, McCloud went 32 for 46 for 404 yards and five all-purpose touchdowns. - Arizona Star News


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  08/04/21 - Jalen HarrisrSr/2022, Arizona, 6-4, 258 (DS#72 OLB) + More +

  How will Don Brown's system bring out the best in defensive ends Harris and JB Brown? "Dr. Blitz" isn't just a nickname for Don Brown. It's a way of life. His scheme is based on bringing pressure. It could come from anywhere. But when you look at the leading sackers from Brown's time at Michigan, the production mainly came from expected spots. Among the players who ranked first or second in sacks in Brown's five seasons with the Wolverines, only one) wasn't a defensive lineman or strongside linebacker (defensive back Khaleke Hudson, in 2017). The names that popped up most frequently: Kwity Paye (DE), Josh Uche (SLB) and Chase Winovich (DE). Each ranked in the top two (including ties) twice over that span.

There are two logical explanations for this: (1) Edge rushers are put in that position for a reason; and (2) by sending blitzers from all angles, it creates openings and one-on-one matchups for those edge rushers. In short: Brown's system will benefit Harris and JB Brown. Harris primarily played as an outside linebacker in a conservative 3-4 scheme last season under Paul Rhoads. Harris played a lot better than his lack of sacks would suggest. Harris had 18 tackles in four games. That projects to 54 in 12 games, which would have doubled his career high. - Arizona Star News


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