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Arizona Wildcats football
2014 Arizona Wildcats football team
University of Arizona Block A.svg
First season 1899
Athletic director Greg Byrne
Head coach Rich Rodriguez
3rd year, 16–10  (.615)
Other staff See Coaching staff section
Home stadium Arizona Stadium
Stadium capacity 56,037 [1]
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Tucson, Arizona
Conference Pac-12
(2011–present)
Division Pac-12 South Division
(2011–present)
All-time record 628–488–33 (.561)
Postseason bowl record 9–9–1 (.500)
Conference titles 6 (1933, 1934, 1941, 1964, 1973, 1993)
Consensus All-Americans 14[2][3]
Current uniform
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Colors

Navy Blue and Cardinal Red

          
Fight song Fight! Wildcats! Fight!
Mascot Wilbur the Wildcat
Marching band The Pride of Arizona
Rivals Arizona State Sun Devils
New Mexico Lobos
Website arizonawildcats.com

The Arizona Wildcats football team is the football team of the University of Arizona, located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. The team competes in the Pacific-12 Conference at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level. The team is currently coached by Rich Rodriguez.

History[edit]

Early History (1899-1913)[edit]

Coach Skinner

The football team began at the University of Arizona in 1899 under the nickname "Varsity". Stuart Forbes became the first head coach of Arizona football history and the team compiled a 1–1–1 record.[4]

From 1900 to 1901, William W. Skinner served as head football coach at the University of Arizona.[5] While there, he also studied geology. He guided Arizona to 3–1 and 4–1 records, respectively.[5]

On Nov 7, 1914, the team traveled to the west coast to play Occidental, then one of the reigning gridiron powers in California. Occidental won 14–0. Arizona later received the name "Wildcats" after a Los Angeles Times correspondent, Bill Henry, wrote that "The Arizona men showed the fight of wildcats".[6]

Pop McKale era (1914-1930)[edit]

Pop McKale was a very successful high school coach in the Tucson area when he was hired at UA.[7] In 1921, Drop-kicker/receiver Harold "Nosey" McClellan led the nation in scoring with 124 points. Wildcats finished the regular season 7–1, and were invited to UA's first bowl game, the East-West Christmas Classic in San Diego, to play powerhouse Centre College of Kentucky; Arizona lost the game 38–0. The Wildcats did not compete in football in 1918 due to World War I. On October 18, 1926 UA quarterback and student body president John "Button" Salmon died from injuries sustained in a car wreck. His final words, spoken to coach "Pop" McKale, were: "Tell them.....tell the team to Bear Down."[8] Soon thereafter, the UA student body adopted "Bear Down" as the school's athletic motto. On October 18, 1929, Arizona opened up Arizona Stadium for college football play. They won their first game against Caltech with a shutout score of 25–0. McKale retired after sixteen seasons at Arizona. The McKale Center, the University of Arizona's home basketball venue, was opened in 1973 and named in McKale's honor.[7]

Enke and Farwick (1931-1932)[edit]

Fred Enke replaced McKale as head coach of the Wildcats and in one season as head coach, he posted a record of 3–5–1[9] before getting demoted to assistant coach.

Gus Farwick served as the head football coach at the University of Arizona in 1932, compiling a record of 4–5[10] before his resignation.

Tex Oliver era (1933-1937)[edit]

Tex Oliver coached the Arizona Wildcats to a 32–11–4 record in five seasons.[11] During that stretch, his teams never had a losing season.[11]

Oliver's "Blue Brigade" played an expanded, more nationwide schedule, and Arizona produced their first All-Americans under Oliver. The team's 1938 record of 8–2 was a school best to date.[11]

Oliver resigned after the 1937 season to accept the head football coach position at Oregon.[12]

Orian Landreth era (1938)[edit]

Orian Landreth replaced Oliver and struggled in his one season as head coach, compiling a 3–6 record[13] before he was fired. That season was the first losing season for the Wildcats in several years.

Miles Casteel era (1939-1948)[edit]

Miles Casteel came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach at Michigan State. In his eight seasons (Arizona did not field football teams in 1943 or 1944 due to World War II), Casteel compiled a 46–26–3 record and led the Wildcats to the first bowl berth in three decades in his final season, a loss in the 1949 Salad Bowl to Drake.[14]

Robert Winslow era (1949-1951)[edit]

Robert Winslow served as Arizona's head football coach for three seasons, posting a record of 12–18–1, with the team improving every year under his tutelage, going 2–7–1, 4–6 and 6–5 in Winslow's three years.[15] Winslow resigned after three seasons.

Warren Woodson era (1952-1956)[edit]

Coach Woodson

In 1954, under coach Warren Woodson, who came to Arizona from Hardin-Simmons, the Wildcats were led by starting halfback Art Luppino. He went on to lead the nation in rushing, scoring, all-purpose running, and kickoff returns.[16] Luppino became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing twice.[16] He also tied for the national title in all-purpose running and was third in scoring.[16]

Woodson was replaced after five seasons and a 26–22–2 record[17] and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1989.

Ed Doherty era (1957-1958)[edit]

Ed Doherty came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.[18] In two seasons, Doherty compiled a record of 4–15–1[19] before getting fired. Doherty is the only person to serve as head football coach at both Arizona and archrival Arizona State.

Jim LaRue era (1959-1966)[edit]

Jim LaRue, formerly running backs coach at Houston, was hired to take over the Arizona Wildcats football program as head coach after Doherty's firing. LaRue's 1961 team finished 8–1–1 and finished the season ranked #17 in the final AP Poll.[20] After that season, Arizona joined the Western Athletic Conference and LaRue's teams posted records of 5–5, 5–5, 6–3–1, 3–7 and 3–7 before LaRue was fired, largely because of the sub-par on-the-field performances but also pressure from fans and alumni.[20][21]

Darrell Mudra era (1967-1968)[edit]

Coach Mudra

Darrell Mudra came to Arizona from North Dakota State and breathed life into a seemingly lifeless Arizona football program.[22] His first team posted a record of 3–6–1 but in his second year, Mudra's Wildcats posted a record of 8–3, capped with a loss in the 1968 Sun Bowl, only the Wildcats third bowl appearance in school history and first since 1949.[23]

Mudra left Arizona after two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Western Illinois.[24] His final record is 11–9–1.[22] Mudra was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000.[22]

Bob Weber era (1969-1972)[edit]

Bob Weber was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach following Mudra's departure.[25] Under Weber, the Wildcats were 16–26, with their best season being a 5–6 1971 season.[26] Weber failed to post a winning season as Arizona's head coach and was fired after four seasons.

Jim Young era (1973-1976)[edit]

Jim Young, formerly defensive coordinator at Michigan, was hired to turn around the downtrodden Wildcats football program.[27] Improvement came immediately, as Young's team surprised the nation with an 8–3 record in his first season.[28] Young's Wildcats went on to post records of 9–2 in 1974 and 1975, the latter ending with a #13 and #18 ranking in the Coaches' and AP Polls, respectively.[28] In a rebuilding year, Young's team posted a 5–6 record in 1976 to cap Young's mark of 31–13 in four seasons.[28]

Young departed Arizona after the 1976 season to accept the head football coach position at Purdue.[29] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999.

Tony Mason era (1977-1979)[edit]

Tony Mason came to Arizona from Cincinnati.[30] Under Mason, the Wildcats went 5–7, 5–6 and 6–5–1 for a grand total of 16–18–1.[31] In Mason's third and final season, the Wildcats played in the Fiesta Bowl, a game they lost.[31]

Mason retired as head coach after three seasons.[32]

Larry Smith era (1980-1986)[edit]

Coach Smith

Larry Smith, previously head coach at Tulane, was hired to take over the Arizona football program after Mason's retirement.[33] His first season was Arizona's third in the Pac-12 Conference. Smith put great emphasis on in-state recruiting, built up the rivalry game with ASU, and focused the team on what he called "running and hitting". His first team went 5–6, including a 44–7 blowout loss to ASU; it would be his only losing season at Arizona. The highlight of the season was a 23-17 upset of 2nd ranked UCLA (the Bruins were poised to become #1 as top ranked Alabama had lost earlier in the day).[34] The team improved to 6–5 during his second season, highlighted by a major 13–10 upset of #1 USC on the road.[35] Under his leadership, the Wildcats became competitive in the conference, began dominating the rivalry with the Sun Devils, and culminated with consecutive bowl appearances in the 1985 Sun Bowl, where a tie with Georgia gave the Wildcats an 8–3–1 record, and the 1986 Aloha Bowl, where a victory over North Carolina allowed the Wildcats to finish with a 9–3 record in his final season.[34]

Smith's tenure with the Wildcats ended with a 48–28–3 record. Seven Arizona players earned All-America honors during his tenure, including two-time consensus All-American linebacker Ricky Hunley and All-Americans linebacker Lamonte Hunley (Ricky's younger brother), Morris Trophy-winning center Joe Tofflemire, safety Allan Durden, placekicker Max Zendejas, linebacker Byron Evans, and safety Chuck Cecil. Over twenty of Smith's Wildcats players went on to play professionally.[34]

Smith departed after the 1986 season to accept the head football coach position at USC.[36]

Dick Tomey era (1987-2000)[edit]

Dick Tomey came to Arizona from Hawaii.[37] During his tenure, he coached five future NFL first-round draft choices, 20 All-Americans, and 43 Pac-10 first team players. His best teams were in the mid-1990s, highlighted by a tenacious "Desert Swarm" defense. He led Arizona to the only two ten-win seasons in school history, highlighted by a 12–1 campaign in 1998, in which they finished fourth in both major polls, the highest ranking in school history. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were drubbed in the 1999 season opener against Penn State and never recovered; Tomey resigned after the 2000 season.[38] His 95 wins are the most in Wildcats history.

In 1992, Coach Tomey's "Desert Swarm" defense was characterized by tough, hard-nosed tactics. UA led the nation in scoring defense and nose guard Rob Waldrop is a consensus All-American. In 1993, the team had its first 10-win season and beat the Miami Hurricanes in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl by a score of 29–0. It was the bowl game's only shutout in its then 23-year history. In 1994, Arizona was ranked #6. However, Arizona was stunned by Colorado State and the rest of the season went down along with it, continuing a streak of not being selected for the Rose Bowl. Arizona to this day, is the only team in the original Pac-10 that has never played in the Rose Bowl Game.

In 1998, the team posted a school-record 12–1 season and made the Holiday Bowl in which it defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[39] Arizona ended that season ranked fourth nationally in the coaches and Associated Press poll. The 1998 Holiday Bowl was televised on ESPN and set the now-surpassed record of being the most watched of any bowl game in that network's history. In 2000, Tomey's Wildcats suffered a season-ending 30–17 loss to Arizona State, the Wildcats' primary arch-rival.

Dick Tomey resigned under pressure after fourteen seasons as head coach of the Wildcats.[40] The Wildcat football declined in wins and went on a bowl game drought over the next several years.

John Mackovic era (2001-2003)[edit]

Former Illinois and Texas head coach and at that time ESPN football analyst John Mackovic was hired to replace Tomey.[41] He served a disastrous tenure as head coach during this period; Mackovic alienated his players and never posted a winning record in two and one-half seasons in Tucson, with a 10–18 record (a .357 winning percentage).[42]

Midway through the 2002 season, Mackovic told tight end Justin Levasseur that he was a disgrace to his family. This and other incidents led 40 players (including future Pro Bowler Lance Briggs) to hold a secret meeting with school president Peter Likins. The players complained about Mackovic's constant verbal abuse, such as an ugly tirade after a loss to Wisconsin. Mackovic offered a public apology to his players, the university and fans.[43][44] However, whatever goodwill that he'd managed to restore quickly evaporated a season later; quarterback Nic Costa said that despite a very talented roster, many players had lost their love for the game due to Mackovic's brusque manner.

Five games into the 2003 season, Mackovic was fired and replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz.[45] School officials said they had to act because it was obvious the Wildcats would not win with Mackovic at the helm.[46]

Mike Stoops era (2004-2011)[edit]

In 2004, four years after Tomey's firing, Arizona hired Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops to take over the Wildcat program.[47] Under Stoops, Arizona started 6–18;[48] his job was in critical danger and his margin for error was very thin. However in his third season in 2006, Stoops led the Wildcats to an improved 6–6 record,[48] the first non-losing season for the school since 1998 when the Wildcats went 12–1. In 2008, the Wildcats earned their first bowl berth in a decade, defeating BYU by a score of 31–21.[49]

In 2009, the Wildcats earned their second straight bowl berth and a second straight eight-win season.[48] On November 21, 2009, the Oregon Ducks came to Arizona Stadium in a game that would decide which team went to the Rose Bowl. ESPN's College GameDay crew dubbed it as the game of the week and ventured down to Tucson to cover it. After a back and forth battle, the Oregon Ducks won in double overtime 44–41 to clinch the Rose Bowl bid.[50] Arizona was defeated 33–0 by Nebraska in a rematch of the 1998 Holiday Bowl.[48][51]

Following the Holiday Bowl, offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes left the Wildcat program to become the head coach at Louisiana Tech,[52] and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, a brother of Mike, became the defensive coordinator at Florida State.[53] To replace them, Mike Stoops promoted Bill Bedenbaugh and Seth Littrell to co-offensive coordinators, while promoting Tim Kish to be co-defensive coordinators with Greg Brown, who was hired from Colorado.

Midway through his eighth season, Stoops was fired as head coach on October 10, 2011, after starting the season 1–5 (the sole victory was against FCS Northern Arizona).[54] Including the prior season, the Wildcats under Stoops had lost 10 consecutive games against FBS opponents, with their last victory over a FBS team taking place nearly a year earlier on October 30, 2010, against UCLA. Tim Kish, the team's defensive coordinator, was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[55] (Stoops returned to the Sooner program soon thereafter as defensive coordinator; Kish, who had known the Stoops brothers for many years, followed Stoops and joined the Sooner staff as the linebackers coach.)[56]

Rich Rodriguez era (2012-present)[edit]

Coach Rodriguez

On November 21, 2011, Arizona announced the hiring of Rich Rodriguez, at that time a CBS Sports analyst and formerly head coach at Michigan and West Virginia, to replace Stoops.[57]

Rodriguez is considered a pioneer of a no huddle, run-oriented version of the spread offense, although a pass-first version was already being implemented by others.[58][59][60] He first developed this offensive approach at Glenville State and refined it during his stops at Tulane with Shaun King, at Clemson with Woodrow Dantzler, and at West Virginia most notably with dual-threat quarterback Pat White. This strategy features frequent use of the shotgun formation. Rodriguez is also credited for inventing the zone read play run out of the shotgun formation.

According to his contract, Rodriguez will earn $1.45 million in his first year, $1.5 million in his second, $1.6 million in his third, $1.7 million in his fourth and $1.8 million in his fifth season for a total of $9.55 million over a span of five years.[61] He will receive an extra $300,000 per year from Nike, as well as bonuses for academic achievement, BCS rankings, season ticket totals and bowl appearances. He will get extra bonuses for milestones such as playing in the BCS title game, playing in any other bowl, and for winning the Pac-12. The contract is subject to UA Board of Regents approval.[62] Rodriguez' hiring ended a 41-day search for a head coach which started after Mike Stoops was dismissed after eight seasons as Wildcat head coach.

Following West Virginia's victory in the 2012 Orange Bowl, Mountaineers defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, who coached under Rodriguez during his tenure there, departed WVU's staff to join Rodriguez' staff as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator.[63] An official announcement, and Casteel's formal introduction to the Tucson media, was made on January 13, 2012. Casteel is considered one of the top defensive coaches in the nation, and considered master of the 3–3–5 "odd stack" defense.[64]

In his first season, Rodriguez took the Wildcats to the 2012 New Mexico Bowl, where they defeated Nevada.[65] The Wildcats finished the 2012 campaign with a (8–5, 4–5 Pac-12) record.[65]

In his second season, Rodriguez took the Wildcats to the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl, where they defeated Boston College.[66] The Wildcats finished the 2013 campaign with a (8–5, 4–5 Pac-12) record.[66]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Arizona
Alma Mater
Rich Rodriguez Head Coach 3 West Virginia (1986)
Calvin Magee Associate Head Coach, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs 3 South Florida (1990)
Rod Smith Co-Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 3 Glenville State (1997)
Jeff Casteel Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers 3 CALU (1993)
Matt Caponi Safeties 3 Mount Union (2005)
Tony Dews Wide Receivers 3 Liberty (1996)
Bill Kirelawich Defensive Line 3 Salem (1969)
David Lockwood Cornerbacks 3 West Virginia (1989)
Jim Michalczik Offensive Line 2 Washington State (1988)
Charlie Ragle Tight Ends, Special Teams 3 Eastern New Mexico (1998)
Matt Dudek Director of On-Campus Recruiting and Player Personnel 3 Pittsburgh (2003)
Mike Parrish Assistant Athletic Director, Football Operations 3 West Virginia (2006)
Billy Kirelawich Assistant Director of Operations 3 West Virginia (2008)
Jahmile Addae Operations Coordinator 2 West Virginia (2005)
Andrew Warsaw Operations Coordinator 2 West Virginia (2009)
Chris Allen Associate Athletic Director, Director of Strength and Conditioning 3 West Virginia (2000)
Parker Whiteman Director of Skill Development 3 Shepherd (2006)
Vincent Amey Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 2 Arizona State (1998)
Frank Davis Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 3 South Florida (2009)
Ovid Goulbourne Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach 2 West Virginia (2009)
Miek DiAngelo Defensive Graduate Assistant 2 Baldwin Wallace (2006)
Reed Willams Defensive Graduate Assistant 2 West Virginia (2009)
Lee Coleman Offensive Graduate Assistant 2 Northwestern (2010)
Cory Zirbel Offensive Graduate Assistant 3 Michigan (2009)
Miguel Reveles Intern 2 La Verne (2010)

Roster[edit]

2014 Arizona Wildcats roster
2014 Arizona Wildcats roster from the University of Arizona Athletic Site
 

Quarterbacks

  • 8 Jerrard Randall - Redshirt Junior/JC
  • 11 Connor Brewer – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 12 Anu Solomon – Redshirt Freshman
  • 13 Brandon Dawkins - Freshman
  • 14 Zach Werlinger – Freshman
  • 15 Jesse Scroggins – Redshirt Senior
  • 18 Khari McGee – Redshirt Freshman

Running backs

  • 7 Jonathan Haden - Freshman
  • 23 Jared Baker – Redshirt Junior
  • 24 Terris Jones-Grigsby – Redshirt Senior
  • 26 Adonis Smith – Redshirt Senior
  • 28 Nick Wilson - Freshman
  • 34 Zach Green – Redshirt Freshman
  • 36 Jocquez Kalili – Freshman
  • 43 Jonah Huff – Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Cayleb Jones – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 2 Tyrell Johnson - Freshman
  • 4 David Richards – Redshirt Junior
  • 5 Trey Griffey – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 6 Nate Phillips – Sophomore (KR/PR)
  • 9 Kaelin Deboskie - Freshman
  • 10 Samajie Grant – Sophomore (KR)
  • 19 DaVonte' Neal – Redshirt Sophomore (PR)
  • 25 Spencer Marciniak – Freshman
  • 29 Austin Hill – Redshirt Senior
  • 30 Johnny Jackson – Junior (PR)
  • 31 Darius Aguirre – Freshman
  • 39 Tony Ellison - Freshman
  • 81 Clive Georges – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 84 Abraham Mendivil – Redshirt Freshman (S)
  • 85 Drake Pierre – Redshirt Freshman
 

Tight Ends

  • 17 Josh Kern – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 82 Aaron Lacombe – Redshirt Freshman
  • 86 Hunter Layton – Redshirt Freshman
  • 87 Blair Tushaus – Redshirt Senior
  • 88 Trevor Wood – Freshman

Offensive Lineman

  • 55 Levi Walton - Freshman
  • 56 Steven Gurrola – Senior
  • 58 Layth Friekh - Freshman
  • 61 Cayman Bundage – Redshirt Junior
  • 64 Faitele Faafoi – Redshirt Junior
  • 65 Zach Hemmila – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 66 Carter Wood – Redshirt Junior
  • 68 Mickey Baucus – Redshirt Senior
  • 70 T. D. Gross – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 71 Jordan Poland - Freshman
  • 72 Freddie Tagaloa - Junior/TR
  • 73 Fabbians Ebbele – Redshirt Senior
  • 74 Jacob Arzouman – Redshirt Junior
  • 75 Kaige Lawrence - Redshirt Junior/JC
  • 76 Austin Hyatt – Redshirt Freshman
  • 77 Lene Maiava – Redshirt Junior
  • 78 Jacob Alsadek – Redshirt Freshman
  • 79 Gerhard De Beer – Redshirt Freshman
 

Defensive Lineman

  • 18 Jordan Allen – Senior
  • 55 Jeff Worthy - Junior/JC
  • 60 Luca Bruno – Redshirt Freshman
  • 75 Kirfi Taula – Redshirt Senior
  • 84 Reggie Gilbert – Senior
  • 89 Hunter Long – Junior
  • 90 Dan Pettinato – Redshirt Senior
  • 91 Jerod Cody - Redshirt Sophomore/JC
  • 92 Jack Banda – Redshirt Freshman
  • 93 Parker Zellers – Redshirt Freshman
  • 94 Calvin Allen – Redshirt Freshman
  • 96 Marcus Griffin – Freshman
  • 97 Dwight Melvin – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 98 Aiulua Fanene – Redshirt Sophomore

Linebackers

  • 2 Marquis Ware - Freshman
  • 4 Antonio Smothers - Junior/JC
  • 5 Jamardre Cobb - Freshman
  • 19 Hank Hobson – Senior
  • 25 Ryan Dunn – Redshirt Freshman
  • 30 Brandon Rutt – Freshman
  • 32 DeAndre' Miller – Sophomore
  • 33 Scooby Wright III – Sophomore
  • 44 Keoni Bush-Loo – Junior
  • 45 Derrick Turituri – Sophomore
  • 47 Jake Matthews – Sophomore
  • 49 Haden Gregory – Redshirt Junior
  • 52 Alex King – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 53 Sir Thomas Jackson – Redshirt Junior
  • 57 Cody Ippolito – Redshirt Sophomre
  • 59 Tre Tyler – Freshman
  • 88 R.J. Morgan – Redshirt Freshman
 

Cornerbacks

  • 3 Cam Denson - Freshman
  • 6 Jonathan McKnight – Redshirt Senior
  • 8 Patrick Glover - Junior/JC
  • 13 Devin Holiday – Sophomore
  • 15 Kwesi Mashack - Freshman
  • 17 Demetric Woodard Jr. – Freshman
  • 29 Jarvis McCall Jr. – Redshirt Freshman
  • 40 Brendan Murphy – Redshirt Senior

Safeties

  • 1 Tellas Jones – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 7 David Price – Redshirt Freshman
  • 10 Yamen Sanders – Redshirt Sophomre
  • 11 William Parks – Junior
  • 12 Rodney Carr - Freshman
  • 20 Trevor Ermisch – Senior
  • 21 Tra'Mayne Bondurant – Senior
  • 26 Jourdon Grandon – Redshirt Senior
  • 27 Jamar Allah – Junior
  • 28 Anthony Lopez – Junior
  • 37 Carter Hehr - Redshirt Freshman
  • 38 Jared Tevis – Redshirt Senior
  • 39 Brogan Kemmerly – Redshirt Freshman
  • 46 Blake Brady – Redshirt Senior

Long Snappers

  • 50 Chase Gorham – Redshirt Senior
  • 54 Jose Romero – Redshirt Junior
  • 56 Nick Reinhardt – Freshman

Placekickers/Punters

  • 9 Josh Pollack – Freshman (K/P)
  • 34 Ethan Keyserling – Redshirt Senior (K/P)
  • 39 Drew Riggleman – Junior (P)
  • 41 Casey Skowron – Junior (K)
  • 48 Jack Flatau – Redshirt Freshman (K/P)

Coaching history[edit]

Arizona's current head coach is Rich Rodriguez, who was promoted to head coach in 2012 following Mike Stoops' firing to become assistant to the return of Oklahoma Sooners.

Recruiting[edit]

Arizona Wildcats Football Scout.com team recruiting rankings:

Class Scout.com Class Rank Number of Commits Top Commit


Notes[edit]

Arizona has won 10 or more football games in a season only twice in its history, and not once this Millennium.

Records and results[edit]

Results versus AP Top 10 opponents[edit]

Arizona record against AP Top 10 opponents last 10 years

Season Opponent Result Game
* Designated College Football Playoff games

NCAA, conference, and school records[edit]

Wins Type of Record
Consecutive Wins vs. Arizona State: 1 School record
Consecutive Losses vs. Arizona State: 2 School record
Consecutive Conference Championships: 6 Pac-12 record
Consecutive CFP bowl appearances: 0 FBS (I-A) record
CFP bowl wins: 0 FBS (I-A) record
Consecutive 11 win seasons: 0 FBS (I-A) record
Weeks at #1 in AP poll: 0 NCAA record
Consecutive Rose Bowl Championships: 0 All-time record

Championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

National championships in NCAA FBS college football are debated as the NCAA does not officially award the championship. Despite not naming an official National Champion, the NCAA provides lists of championships awarded by organizations it recognizes.

National championship seasons[edit]

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
National Championships 0

Conference championships[edit]

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
Conference Championships 0 PAC-12
dagger Denotes co-champions

Divisional Championships[edit]

The Pac-12 has been split into two divisions since the 2011 season.

Season Division PAC-12 CG Result Opponent PF PA
Division Championships 0
† Denotes co-champions

Note: bold years indicate outright conference titles ***Co-Championship, shared with UCLA, who defeated Arizona by 20 points in their only head-to-head matchup. Arizona has yet to win an outright Pac-10/12 conference championship.

All-time record vs. current Pac-12 teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current Pac-12 opponents as of the completion of the 2014 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Meeting
Arizona State 47 39 1 .546 Lost 2 1931
California 15 14 2 .516 Won 2 1978
Colorado 3 13 0 .188 Won 2 1931
Oregon 15 24 0 .385 Won 1 1931
Oregon State 21 14 1 .597 Lost 3 1966
Stanford 14 14 0 .500 Lost 3 1979
UCLA 14 21 1 .688 Lost 2 1971
USC 8 29 0 .216 Lost 1 1979
Utah 17 20 0 .459 Won 2 1936
Washington 10 19 0 .345 Lost 1 1978
Washington State 25 14 0 .641 Lost 1 1963
Totals 189 221 5 .461

Bowl games[edit]

Arizona is the only school of the original PAC 10/12 to never have participated in a Rose Bowl; the conference's major bowl game.[67] For the full Arizona bowl game history, see List of Arizona Wildcats bowl games.

Season Bowl Game Winner Loser
1921 Christmas Centre 38 Arizona 0
1949 Salad Drake 14 Arizona 13
1969 Sun Auburn 34 Arizona 10
1979 Fiesta Pittsburgh 16 Arizona 10
1985 Sun Arizona 13 Georgia 13
1986 Aloha Arizona 30 North Carolina 21
1989 Copper Arizona 17 NC State 10
1990 Aloha Syracuse 28 Arizona 0
1992 Sun Baylor 20 Arizona 15
1993 Fiesta Arizona 29 Miami 0
1994 Freedom Utah 16 Arizona 13
1997 Insight.com Arizona 20 New Mexico 14
1998 Holiday Arizona 23 Nebraska 20
2008 Las Vegas Arizona 31 BYU 21
2009 Holiday Nebraska 33 Arizona 0
2010 Alamo Oklahoma State 36 Arizona 10
2012 New Mexico Arizona 49 Nevada 48
2013 AdvoCare Bowl Arizona 42 Boston College 19

Overall bowl record: 9–9–1 (19 bowl games)

Rivalry games[edit]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

Starting in the 2010 season, Arizona wore new uniforms. They are simplified versions of the uniforms worn from 2005–2009, with the addition of a white helmet with a red-white-blue stripe. The team may use any combination of its two helmets, three jerseys and three pants. On September 29, 2012 the Wildcats unveiled a new copper helmet and for the Territorial Cup game later that season, they unveiled an all-red helmet.

Game day traditions[edit]

  • The Wildcat Walk, first done in 2010, is one of Arizona's newest traditions. Before every home game, the team's buses take them from their hotel and drop them off several blocks north of the stadium. The fans and the marching band line Cherry Avenue as the team walks to the stadium.
  • During pre-game warmups, the team performs a haka. Starting in 2012, the team will perform the haka in front of the student section, where students will also do the haka.[68]
  • At the beginnings of the second and fourth quarters, the cheerleaders lead the crowd in a synchronized U of A chant. The east side of the stadium yells "U!", the north and south sides yell "of!" and the west side yells "A!"
  • At the beginning of the second half, for the duration of the kickoff, a large block A banner is unfurled and held up by the center of the Zona Zoo.
  • At the end of the third quarter, the team and many members of the crowd hold up four fingers, signifying the beginning of the fourth quarter.
  • In a similar tradition to other schools' mascots, after every Arizona score, Wilbur the Wildcat does as many pushups as the Wildcats have points while the crowd counts his pushups. However, unlike other mascots, Wilbur does his pushups one-handed.
  • At the end of every home game (and every Arizona athletics event when the band is present) the band plays Arizona's alma mater, "All Hail, Arizona!" Students and fans link arms, sway as they sing and jump up and down while singing the last part of the song.
  • After every home game, fans and the band march to the administration building where the band performs a concert for the gathered fans. At the conclusion of the concert, the bell in the student union clock tower (one of the bells recovered from the USS Arizona) is rung, and the band responds by yelling "Bear Down!"

Individual records[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Student-Athlete jerseys are retired but not individual player numbers.[72]

Arizona Wildcats football retired jerseys
No. Player Pos. Career
4 Darryll Lewis CB -1990
5 Antoine Cason CB 2004-07
6 Chuck Cecil S
11 Chris McAlister CB 1996-98
22 Art Lupino
28 Steven McLaughlin
68 Tedy Bruschi LB 1991-95
89 Ricky Hunley LB 1980-83
92 Rob Waldrop DT 1990-93

College Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Arizona Wildcats football retired jerseys
Player Pos. Ind. Career
Ed Brown G 1997 1954–1958
Tedy Bruschi LB 2013 1991-1995
Chuck Cecil DB 2009 1984–1987
Ricky Hunley LB 1997 1980–1983
Darrell Mudra HC 2000 1967–1968
Warren B. Woodson HC 1989 1952–1956
Jim Young HC 1999 1973–1976
Rob Waldrop DL 2011 1990–1993

Alumni in NFL and CFL[edit]

Future Schedules[edit]

Non-conference opponents[edit]

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
UNLV (8/30) Grambling State UTEP UTEP† at Hawaii (8/31) Hawaii (9/5)
at UTSA (9/5) UTSA (9/5) vs BYU* (9/3) Houston (9/9) BYU (9/1) at BYU (9/12)
Nevada (9/13) at Nevada (9/12) at Houston (9/8)

*At University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.[73]   †Site TBA[74]

Pac-12 North schedule misses[edit]

Each season Arizona will "miss" two schools from the Pac-12 North division: either Cal or Stanford and one of the four northwest schools. This scheduling cycle repeats after eight seasons.[75]

School 2013 & 2014 2015 & 2016 2017 & 2018 2019 & 2020
Stanford Miss Miss
California Miss Miss
Oregon State Miss
Oregon Miss
Washington Miss
Washington State Miss

See also[edit]

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