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  08/15/22 - Kyon BarrsrJr/2024, Arizona + More +

  Wildcats coach Jedd Fisch said he expects defensive starters Kyon Barrs (foot) and Treydan Stukes (lower body) to be ready for the Sept. 3 opener at San Diego State. Barrs' snaps are being limited as he recovers from surgery; he did not participate in the scrimmage. Stukes has been out since Monday. "Right now I feel pretty confident that Stukes and Barrs are right on schedule to be able to play Sept. 3," Fisch said. "How long it takes between now and Sept. 3 will be a day-to-day situation." - Arizona Star News

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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Jordan Morgan, Arizona, So., OL,...Morgan, who enters his fourth season with the Wildcats in 2022, earned his first selection to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. A native of Marana, Morgan has established himself as a consistent force on the Wildcats offensive line. After appearing in eight games over his first two seasons in Tucson he took over the regular starting left tackle during the 2021 season, starting in each of Arizona's final 11 games of the year. - Arizona Football

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  Asked whether he expected to touch the ball a certain number of times per game in his first season as an Arizona Wildcat, Jacob Cowing said exactly what you'd expect him to say: "Not at all. I'm a team-first guy. As long as us as a team are getting the job done and we get the win (that's) what matters to me. I don't really care about personal stats. I just want to get the win and turn this program around." Cowing's sincerity about winning games and turning UA football around can't be questioned. The other part, though? "He's lying to you," receivers coach Kevin Cummings said, laughing. "He wants the ball every play. He's a competitor that way." Cowing didn't come to Arizona to be a decoy, although he could be an effective one at times. He came, at least in part, because he knows Jedd Fisch can help elevate his game and boost his NFL draft stock. Just ask Stanley Berryhill III, Cowing's predecessor as a slot receiver and all-around weapon in Fisch's offense. Berryhill caught 83 passes for 744 yards last year, becoming just the sixth player in school history to have 80-plus receptions in a season.

Berryhill also had 19 rushes and 18 punt returns. All told, that's 120 touches, or 10 per game. Cowing is expected to be Arizona's primary punt returner. He's also in the mix to return kickoffs. Fisch wants to get him the ball as much as possible in as many ways as possible. The transfer from UTEP will line up in the slot, on the outside, maybe even in the backfield at times. He'll go deep, catch bubble screens and run fly sweeps. "There are not many limitations to his game," Cummings said. "He can go vertical. He can win man on man. And he's got the smarts and the savviness to adjust to some of that stuff in the slot, some of those zone coverages, slip defenders. "It's on us as a staff to put him in as many different spots as we can to use those skill sets. For him, he's just going out there playing, and wherever we line him up, he's done a great job of figuring out where he needs to be and how to run it." - Arizona Star News


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  DeWayne Walker described the fifth defensive back in Arizona's scheme as a "safety-slash-nickel." Which makes Gunner Maldonado an ideal candidate for the job. First off, Maldonado is a huge fan of Slash, the lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses. Playing guitar is one of Maldonado's passions, and Slash inspired him to take up that hobby. Maldonado even has a tattoo of Slash on his left arm (alongside UFC fighter Conor McGregor, another performer Maldonado admires). Second, Maldonado has a diverse skill set. When Johnny Nansen took over the defense and implemented his system, he was looking for players with cornerback skills who also could support the run to play his version of nickel back.

Maldonado, who played a more traditional safety position last season, has risen to the top of the depth chart. "He's smart," safeties coach Chuck Cecil said of Maldonado, who transferred to Arizona from Northwestern in January 2021. "He knows where he's going, why he's going. That's why he's out there." Arizona's starting secondary is basically the same as last season; players have just been slotted into slightly different roles. Christian Young, who played "Viper" - a safety/linebacker hybrid - last year, is now the boundary safety. Jaxen Turner is the field safety, operating out of the high post. Maldonado and Jaydin Young have gone from safety to nickel, where they're typically operating close to the line of scrimmage, covering slot receivers, supporting the run and occasionally blitzing. "I do a lot of different things," Maldonado said after Tuesday's practice. "I think it suits me well." - Arizona Star News


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  Considering the other suitors for wide receiver Jacob Cowing, Arizona's ability to land the wide receiver might just have been the highlight of an already incredible offseason. The Maricopa native garnered offers from LSU, Florida, South Carolina, Oregon, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Louisville and Arizona State, among others, after deciding to leave UTEP following three seasons. He could've gone to "The Swamp," "Death Valley" or Autzen Stadium. He could've played in the "Air Raid" offense, heaven for a wide receiver. Instead, Cowing chose an Arizona program that's only won one game in the last two-plus years.

Proximity to home was key - though it wasn't the only factor. "I have a baby in the Chandler-Gilbert area, so I wanted to be closer to him and spend that time during my last few years of college football, and also my friends and family in the Chandler-Gilbert area as well," said Cowing, who will lead the Wildcats into their Sept. 3 season opener at San Diego State. "I wanted them to be a part of the last few years...U of A was also one of my dream schools growing up, so why not go out with a bang for these last few years of college football." - Arizona Star News


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  Arizona offensive lineman Jordan Morgan answers questions during Tuesday's media day at the Davis Sports Center on campus. The Marana High School product is expected to anchor the Wildcats' offensive line this fall. Brennan Carroll, Arizona's offensive coordinator and O-line coach, put it bluntly: "We need him to be great." Carroll was talking about Jordan Morgan, a big, talented local product who has everything you could want in a tackle on this level or the next one. Expectations for Morgan this season are as massive as the player himself; he's listed at 6 feet 5 inches and 320 pounds.

Now all Morgan has to do is live up to them. Morgan has positioned himself to do just that. He's had an exceptional offseason in the weight room and strength-and-conditioning program. His body and mind are in a good place. That wasn't always the case last season. Morgan suffered a high-ankle sprain during training camp last year. He said in spring that it bothered him throughout and even after the season. "I came back a little hesitant," Morgan said this week. "My pass set was kind of messed up. I was opening up. I wasn't trying to apply a lot of pressure on it." - Arizona Star News


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  08/02/22 - Kyon BarrsrJr/2024, Arizona + More +

  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: DT Kyon Barrs, Arizona,...Barrs was named All-Pac-12 Second Team in 2021 after making 33 tackles for a loss, and a team-leading five sacks. During his sophomore season, he finished tied for eighth in the Pac-12 in sacks. The Murrieta, California product was also included on the preseason East-West Shrine Bowl, and the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch lists announced in the last two weeks. During his career with Arizona, he has made 63 total tackles including 8.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. - Arizona Football

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  Arizona coach Jedd Fisch called running back Rayshon Luke "special" at Pac-12 media days and suggested he could make an immediate impact all over the formation as a freshman, Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star reports. A four-star running back out of California, per 247Sports composite rankings, Luke looks set to get a share of touches out of the gate. The fact that he's been labeled a versatile player would seem to indicate the freshman will be utilized as more than just a running back, which makes sense given the team's lack of depth at wide receiver. - Arizona Daily Star

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  08/01/22 - Kyon BarrsrJr/2024, Arizona + More +

  After being sidelined for spring ball and most of the offseason, Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Jamarye Joiner and defensive tackle Kyon Barrs, both of whom suffered foot injuries in the spring, will be available for the start of preseason training camp on Wednesday, according to head coach Jedd Fisch at Pac-12 Media Day on Friday. Both Barrs and Joiner underwent surgery in Los Angeles with specialists tied to the L.A. Rams, the NFL team Fisch was an assistant for in 2018. For Joiner, the 6-foot-1-inch, 209-pound Tucson native and Cienega High School product will return to a wide receiver corps that includes UTEP transfer preseason All-Pac-12 selection Jacob Cowing, star freshman Tetairoa McMillan, Dorian Singer, Kevin Green, Anthony Simpson and A.J. Jones, among others.

The fifth-year Joiner will attempt to work his way back into Arizona's offense after three foot operations over the last two years for the "Jones fracture" he initially suffered during spring 2020. After returning in 2021, Joiner swapped reps at wide receiver and quarterback, totaling 204 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. Barrs, a 6-3, 297-pound All-Pac-12 selection, is expected to be among Arizona's top defensive players in 2022 after a 2021 campaign that included 33 tackles, eight stops for loss and a team-high five sacks in 10 games. - Arizona Star News


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  In its annual season-preview magazine, Athlon Sports ranked the Wildcats' defensive backfield as the third worst in the Pac-12. The members of the UA secondary don't see themselves that way. Nor should they. Start with the fact that Arizona ranked second in the conference in passing yards allowed last season. Then recall spring practice, when the secondary produced a bevy of interceptions under new defensive coordinator Johnny Nansen.

Fisch sees NFL-caliber talent throughout that unit, which includes Young, fellow safety Jaxen Turner and cornerbacks Christian Roland-Wallace and Treydan Stukes. Young and Roland-Wallace made the initial watch list for the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl. Young casually referred to the UA defensive backfield as "the best secondary in the Pac-12" during spring ball. That's probably a stretch. Opponents had a 25-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio against Arizona last year. But the Wildcats might be closer to first in the league than 10th. - Arizona Star News


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  Although he was one of the most sought-after players in the NCAA transfer portal, Jacob Cowing arrived in Tucson with relatively little fanfare. UA fans were swept up in the recruitment of top-50 prospect Tetairoa McMillan. The acquisition of quarterback Jayden de Laura also demanded big, bold headlines. But make no mistake: Cowing is at worst Arizona's second-most important offseason pickup, behind de Laura, and he'll make an instant impact for an offense desperate for playmakers. One of Arizona's two player representatives at Media Day, along with senior safety Christian Young, Cowing comes to L.A. as a preseason second-team All-Pac-12 selection.

He exploded at UTEP last year, catching 69 passes for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns. He chose Arizona for two primary reasons: the relationship he quickly built with Fisch and Tucson's proximity to the Chandler area, where Cowing's 2-year-old son, Chase, lives. Cowing attended Maricopa High School. He was a two-star recruit. Now he's on the verge of stardom. - Arizona Star News


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  2022 PRESEASON RAY GUY WATCHLIST: Kyle Ostendorp - Arizona,...After missing 2020, Ostendorp (6-1, 215) played all 12 games in 2021 and became Arizona's first punter to be named first-team All-Pac-12 since Keenyn Crier (2007) … Was also named first team All-Pac-12 by the Associated Press ... Set an Arizona record and led the Pac-12 averaging 49.2 yards per punt … Had a Pac-12 best 28 punts that traveled 50+ yards and downed 17 inside the 20 … His longest punt of 71 yards back against San Diego State was the longest since Crier's 83-yard punt back in 2007 … Had five games where he averaged more than 50 yards per punt, including the Washington game where he punted the ball five times for an average of 56.2 yards per kick … Downed a punt inside the 1-yard line vs. BYU in the season opener that led to a safety. - Arizona Football

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  New wide receiver Jacob Cowing and returning safety Christian Young will represent Arizona at Friday's Pac-12 Media Day in Los Angeles, the league announced Monday. Cowing, Young and coach Jedd Fisch will talk to the media at 10:45 a.m.; the news conference will be available to watch on Pac-12.com as well as on the Pac-12 Insider and the Pac-12 Now app. A 6-foot-3-inch junior from Houston, Young has 107 career tackles and two forced fumbles. Cowing, a transfer from UTEP, boasts a résumé unlike any receiver on the Wildcats' roster. He led all Conference USA freshmen in receiving yards as a freshman. His 2021 season was his best: He caught 69 passes for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns for Miners coach Dana Dimel, a former UA assistant. Cowing has been named an early-season candidate for both the Maxwell Award, given annually to the best player in college football; and the Biletnikoff Award, given to the best receiver. - Arizona Star News

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  2022 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Jacob Cowing, Arizona,...Cowing is among 43 players on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. Before joining Arizona, he led UTEP in receiving yards all three seasons, including the 2021 campaign when he finished with 69 receptions for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns. The transfer from UTEP, led all C-USA freshman and ranked No. 13 nationally with 550 receiving yards in 2019. He earned First Team All-Conference USA honors in 2021 and Second Team recognition in 2020. - Arizona Football

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  Arizona wide receiver Jacob Cowing has been named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the best player in college football. The UTEP transfer is one of 85 early-season candidates. Cowing had a standout 2021 season with the Miners, catching 69 passes for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns. The Maricopa native was named First-Team All-Conference USA. He transferred to the UA during the offseason, and projects to be among new quarterback Jayden de Laura's top targets in Tucson. - Arizona Star News

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