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Arizona Wildcats football
2015 Arizona Wildcats football team
University of Arizona Block A.svg
First season 1899
Athletic director Greg Byrne
Head coach Rich Rodriguez
4th year, 26–14 (.650)
Other staff See Coaching staff section
Home stadium Arizona Stadium
Stadium capacity 56,029 [1]
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Tucson, Arizona
Conference Pac-12
Division Pac-12 South Division
All-time record 643–491–33 (.565)
Postseason bowl record 9–10–1 (.475)
Playoff appearances 0
Playoff record 0–0
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 6 (1933, 1934, 1941, 1964, 1973, 1993)
Division titles 1 (2014)
Consensus All-Americans 14[2][3]
Current uniform
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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

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.



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]

Rich 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 was scheduled to 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] The contract also includes an extra $300,000 per year from Nike, as well as bonuses for academic achievement, BCS rankings, season ticket totals and bowl appearances. There are extra bonuses for milestones such as playing in the BCS title game, playing in any other bowl, and for winning the Pac-12.[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.

In 2014, Rich Rodriguez led the Wildcats to a 10-3 regular season, behind generally solid team performance, including efforts from freshman QB Anu Solomon, sophomore LB Scooby Wright (who earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year among other honors), senior RB Terris Jones-Grigsby and freshman RB Nick Wilson.

The Wildcats won the Pac-12 South Division, the first divisional championship in program history, advancing to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where they were defeated by the Oregon Ducks, 51-13.[67] The Wildcats then played in the first College Football Playoff appearance, netting a berth in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, the school's third major-bowl appearance, where they faced the Boise State Broncos. Arizona lost the game to Boise State, 38–30. The Wildcats finished the 2014 season with a record of 10–4 (7–2 Pac-12), achieving only the second 10-win regular season in program history; the Wildcats also finished the season ranked #17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #19 in the AP Poll.


Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
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)


2015 Arizona Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR Clark, DarrellDarrell Clark Fr
WR Peterson, CedricCedric Peterson Fr
RB Bradford, OrlandoOrlando Bradford Fr
RB Holmes Jr., DarickDarick Holmes Jr. Fr
OT Walker, KeenanKeenan Walker Fr
OG Creason, CodyCody Creason Fr
OG Kosinski, AlexAlex Kosinski Fr
OT Sherman, HarperHarper Sherman Fr
OG Elridge, NathanNathan Elridge Fr
TE Nunley, JamieJamie Nunley Fr
TE Anduze, BrionBrion Anduze Fr
OL Catalano, DavidDavid Catalano Redshirt.svg Sr
TE Cloy Jr., DarrellDarrell Cloy Jr. Fr
RB Hilgers, JarekJarek Hilgers Jr
OL Kness-Knezinskis, JackJack Kness-Knezinskis Jr
WR Morgan, JordanJordan Morgan Fr
TE Morin, MattMatt Morin Jr
WR 1 Jones, CaylebCayleb Jones Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 2 Johnson, TyrellTyrell Johnson So
WR 4 Richards, DavidDavid Richards Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 5 Griffey, TreyTrey Griffey Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 6 Phillips, NateNate Phillips Jr
RB 7 Haden, JonathanJonathan Haden Fr
QB 8 Randall, JerrardJerrard Randall Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 9 DeBoskie, KaelinKaelin DeBoskie Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 10 Grant, SamajieSamajie Grant Jr
QB 12 Solomon, AnuAnu Solomon (C) Redshirt.svg So
QB 13 Dawkins, BrandonBrandon Dawkins Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 14 Werlinger, ZachZach Werlinger Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 17 Kern, JoshJosh Kern Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 19 Neal, DaVonte'DaVonte' Neal Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 21 Cruz, TyTy Cruz Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 23 Baker, JaredJared Baker Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 25 Marciniak, SpencerSpencer Marciniak So
RB 28 Wilson, NickNick Wilson So
WR 30 Jackson, JohnnyJohnny Jackson Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 31 Aguirre, DariusDarius Aguirre Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 34 Green, ZachZach Green Redshirt.svg So
RB 35 Boyd, OmarOmar Boyd Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 36 Kalili, JocquezJocquez Kalili Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 39 Ellison, TonyTony Ellison Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 42 Oro, AlexiAlexi Oro Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 43 Huff, JonahJonah Huff Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 55 Walton, LeviLevi Walton Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 58 Friekh, LaythLayth Friekh Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 61 Bundage, CaymanCayman Bundage Sr
OL 62 Fanene, AiuluaAiulua Fanene Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 64 Faafoi, FaiteleFaitele Faafoi Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 65 Hemmila, ZachZach Hemmila Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 66 Wood, CarterCarter Wood Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 67 de Beer, GerhardGerhard de Beer Redshirt.svg So
OL 69 Boettcher, ChristianChristian Boettcher Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 70 Gross, T.D.T.D. Gross Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 71 Poland, JordanJordan Poland Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 72 Tagaloa, FreddieFreddie Tagaloa Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 75 Lawrence, KaigeKaige Lawrence Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 77 Maiava, LeneLene Maiava Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 78 Alsadek, JacobJacob Alsadek Redshirt.svg So
WR 84 Mendivil, AbrahamAbraham Mendivil Redshirt.svg So
WR 85 Pierre, DrakeDrake Pierre Redshirt.svg So
TE 86 Layton, HunterHunter Layton Redshirt.svg So
TE 88 Wood, TrevorTrevor Wood So
Pos. # Name Class
DE Franklin, KendalKendal Franklin Fr
LB Jacksom, KendrickKendrick Jacksom Fr
DB Parks, AntonioAntonio Parks Fr
DT Connolly, FintonFinton Connolly Fr
S Flannigan-Fowles, DemetriusDemetrius Flannigan-Fowles Fr
CB Mariscal, AnthonyAnthony Mariscal Fr
CB Morrison, SamuelSamuel Morrison Fr
CB Brown, ShunShun Brown Fr
CB Cruikshank, DaneDane Cruikshank Jr
DE Hamilton, TimmyTimmy Hamilton Jr
CB Brewer, DevonDevon Brewer Fr
DT Williams, ShariffShariff Williams Fr
DB Whittaker, JaceJace Whittaker Fr
DL Fotu, AnthonyAnthony Fotu Jr
S Maglorie, PaulPaul Maglorie Jr
S 1 Jones, TellasTellas Jones Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 2 Ware, MarquisMarquis Ware Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 3 Denson, CamCam Denson So
LB 4 Smothers, AntonioAntonio Smothers Sr
LB 5 Cobb, JamardreJamardre Cobb Redshirt.svg Fr
FS 7 Price, DavidDavid Price Redshirt.svg So
S 11 Parks, WilliamWilliam Parks Sr
S 12 Carr Jr., RodneyRodney Carr Jr. Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 13 Holiday, DevinDevin Holiday Jr
S 14 Sanders, YamenYamen Sanders Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 15 Mashack, KwesiKwesi Mashack Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 17 Woodard Jr, DemetricDemetric Woodard Jr Redshirt.svg Fr
FS 27 Allah, JamarJamar Allah Sr
S 28 Lopez, AnthonyAnthony Lopez Sr
CB 29 McCall Jr., JarvisJarvis McCall Jr. Redshirt.svg So
LB 30 Rutt, BrandonBrandon Rutt So
LB 32 Miller, DeAndre'DeAndre' Miller Jr
LB 33 Wright III, ScoobyScooby Wright III Jr
S 37 Hehr, CarterCarter Hehr Redshirt.svg So
S 38 Tevis, JaredJared Tevis Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 45 Turituri, DerrickDerrick Turituri Jr
LB 47 Matthews, JakeJake Matthews Jr
LB 48 Marshall, ElijahElijah Marshall Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 49 Gregory, HadenHaden Gregory Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 51 Sweet, JasonJason Sweet Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 52 King, AlexAlex King Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 53 Jackson, Sir ThomasSir Thomas Jackson Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 55 Worthy, JeffJeff Worthy Sr
LB 57 Ippolito, CodyCody Ippolito Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 58 Taylor, TreTre Taylor So
DL 60 Bruno, LucaLuca Bruno Redshirt.svg So
LB 88 Morgan, R.J.R.J. Morgan Redshirt.svg So
DL 89 Long, HunterHunter Long Sr
DL 92 Banda, JackJack Banda Redshirt.svg So
DL 93 Zellers, ParkerParker Zellers Redshirt.svg So
DL 94 Allen, CalvinCalvin Allen Redshirt.svg So
DL 96 Griffin, MarcusMarcus Griffin Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 97 Melvin, DwightDwight Melvin Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 99 Fuimaono, SaniSani Fuimaono Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P Graybar, OliverOliver Graybar Fr
K/P 9 Pollack, JoshJosh Pollack So
P 16 Glatting, JakeJake Glatting Redshirt.svg Fr
P/H 39 Riggleman, DrewDrew Riggleman Redshirt.svg Sr
K 41 Skowron, CaseyCasey Skowron Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 54 Romero, JoseJose Romero Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 56 Reinhardt, NickNick Reinhardt Redshirt.svg So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches


  • Rod Smith – Co-Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks (4th season)
  • Jim Michalczik – Running Game Coordinator & Offensive Line (3rd season)
  • Calvin MageeAssociate Head Coach, Co-Offensive Coordinator & Running Backs (4th season)
  • Tony Dews – Associate Coach, Passing Game Coordinator & Wide Receivers (4th season)
  • Charlie Ragle – Special Teams Coordinator & Tight Ends (4th season)
  • Kylan ButlerOffensive Graduate Assistant (2nd season)
  • Cory Zirbel – Offensive Graduate Assistant (4th season)
  • Miguel Reveles – Offensive & Defensive Intern (3rd season)


  • Jeff CasteelDefensive Coordinator & Linebackers (4th season)
  • Matt Caponi – Associate Coach & Safeties (4th season)
  • Bill KirelawichAssociate Coach & Defensive Line (4th season)
  • Vincent Amey – Assistant Strength & Conditioning (4th season)
  • Brett Gerch – Assistant Strength & Conditioning (2nd season)
  • Ovid Goulbourne – Assistant Strength & Conditioning (4th season)
  • Chris Allen – Associate Athletic Director, Director of Strength & Conditioning (4th season)
  • Miek DiAngelo – Defensive Graduate Assistant (3rd season)
  • Casey Vance – Defensive Graduate Assistant (2nd season)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

2015 Arizona Wildcats roster Roster
Last update: 11:12, 22 December 2014 (UTC)


Arizona Wildcats Football team recruiting rankings:

Class Class Rank Number of Commits Top Commit


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. In 120 years of football, the Wildcats have won no national titles. They have not played in the national championship games, one during the BCS era and one in the current playoff era.

Arizona National Championship Appearances
Season Coach Final Record Opponent Championship Game Result

Conference championships[edit]

Dating back to their days in the Pacific Coast Conference, Arizona has claimed at least a share of sixth conference titles.

Arizona Conference Championships
Season Conference Coach Conference Record Overall Record
1935 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tex Oliver 4–0 7–2
1936 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Oliver 3–0–1 5–2–3
1941 Western Athletic Conference Miles W. Casteel 5–0 7–3
1964dagger Pacific Coast Conference Jim LaRue 3–1 6–3–1
1973dagger Western Athletic Conference Jim Young 6–1 8–3
1993dagger Pacific-10 Dick Tomey 6–2 10–2
Conference Championships 6
dagger Denotes co-champions

Divisional Championships[edit]

In 2011, the Pacific-10 Conference added Colorado and Utah, bringing the membership total to 12 teams, leading to the creation of the Pacific-12 Conference. At that time, the conference split into two six-team divisions, north and south and created a Conference Championship Game. The champions of each division face off in the Conference Championship Game, with the team with the highest conference record hosting the game. In 2014 the Wildcats won the South Division in their first game of the season, becoming the first team to win the Pac-12 South Division outright.

Arizona Divisional Championships
Season Division Coach Conf Record Overall Record Championship Game Result Opponent
2014 PAC-12 South Rich Rodriguez 7–2 10–2 L 13–51 Oregon
Division Championships 1
† 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.

Records and results[edit]

Year-by-year results[edit]

Coaching history[edit]

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

Undefeated seasons[edit]

List of Arizona Wildcats football undefeated seasons
Year Coach Regular Season Record Final Record
Total Undefeated Seasons 0


Arizona has not played in the inguaral College Football Playoff.

Year Seed Opponent Bowl Result
Total Playoff Record 1–1

All-time bowl record[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.[68] This is a partial list of the five most recent bowl games that Arizona has competed in. For the full Arizona bowl game history, see List of Arizona Wildcats bowl games

Including the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, Arizona has played in ten consecutive bowl games, its longest streak.

Arizona played in one BCS bowl games, including none consecutive BCS bowl games from 2009 to 2012, tied for first in consecutive BCS appearances in the BCS era.

Season Date Bowl Winner Loser
1921 Christmas Centre 38 Arizona 0
1949 Salad Drake 14 Arizona 13
1968 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 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 V100 Arizona 42 Boston College 19
2014 Fiesta Boise State 38 Arizona 30

Overall bowl record: 9–10–1 (19 bowl games)

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

Official record (includinf an NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits violations) against the current football members of the Pacific-12 Conference as of the completions of the 2015 season.

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Meeting Most Recent Meeting
North Division
California 16 14 2 .531 Won 3 1978 2014
Oregon 16 25 0 .390 Lost 1 1931 2014
Oregon State 21 14 1 .597 Lost 3 1966 2015
Stanford 14 14 0 .500 Lost 3 1979 2015
Washington 11 19 0 .367 Won 1 1978 2015
Washington State 26 14 0 .650 Won 1 1963 2015
North Division Totals 104 100 3 .498
South Division
Arizona State 48 39 1 .551 Won 1 1931 2015
Colorado 4 13 0 .235 Won 3 1931 2015
UCLA 14 22 1 .392 Lost 3 1971 2015
USC 8 30 0 .211 Lost 2 1979 2015
Utah 18 20 0 .474 Won 2 1936 2015
South Division Totals 92 124 2 .427
Conference Totals 196 224 5 .989

All-time Conference record[edit]

Official record against all current and former conference opponents of the Arizona Wildcats football program. In their 121 year history, the University of Arizona has been a member of the Pacific Coast Conference, Athletic Association of Western Universities, and the Pacific-8, Pacific-10 and currently the Pacific-12 Conferences. The History section of the Pacific-12 Conference article provides a membership history of the Pacific-12 Conference.

No longer conference opponents
Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Conference Meeting Most Recent Conference Meeting
Arizona State 16 14 0 .533 Won 6 1979 2012
California 33 37 1 .472 Won 6 1916 2014
Colorado 4 0 0 1.000 Won 4 2011 2014
Idaho 26 3 3 .859 Won 8 1915 1958
Montana 5 0 0 1.000 Won 5 1928 1950
Oregon State[69] 49 40 5 .548 Won 7 1915 2014
Stanford 26 43 0 .377 Won 1 1900 2014
UCLA 28 39 0 .418 Won 6 1928 2014
USC[70] 19 37 2 .345 Won 1 1915 2012
Utah 2 0 0 1.000 Won 2 2013 2014
Washington 40 48 3 .456 Won 11 1915 2014
Washington State 44 33 6 .566 Won 8 1915 2014
Total Conference Record 321 309 20 .509


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.[71]
  • 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 accomplishments[edit]

Individual national award winners[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Student-Athlete jerseys are retired but not individual player numbers.[75]

Arizona Wildcats football retired jerseys
No. Player Pos. Career
4 Darryll Lewis CB 1987-90
5 Antoine Cason CB 2004-07
6 Chuck Cecil S 1985-87
11 Chris McAlister CB 1996-98
22 Art Luppino [76] RB 1953-56
28 Steve McLaughlin [77] K 1991-95
68 Tedy Bruschi LB 1991-95
89 Ricky Hunley LB 1980-83
92 Rob Waldrop DT 1990-93

Alumni in NFL and CFL[edit]

Future opponents[edit]

Non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2026 2027
UTSA (9/5) vs BYU* (9/3) BYU (9/1) at Hawaii (8/31) Hawaii (9/5) vs BYU† (9/4) at SDSU (9/3)
at Nevada (9/12) Grambling St. Houston (9/9) at Houston (9/8) Texas Tech at Texas Tech SDSU (9/11) Miss. St. (9/10) at Miss. St. (9/9) at BYU (9/12) BYU (9/11)
NAU (9/19) at UTEP (9/16) UTEP (9/15)

*At University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.[78][79]

†In Las Vegas, Nevada[80]

Pac-12 South[edit]

Arizona plays the other five Pac-12 South schools once per season.

Opponent Even Years Odd Years
Arizona State home away
Colorado home away
UCLA away home
USC home away
Utah away home

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.[81]

Opponent 2015 & 2016 2017 & 2018 2019 & 2020 2021 & 2022
Stanford Miss Miss
California Miss Miss
Oregon State Miss
Oregon Miss
Washington Miss
Washington State Miss

Venues and facilities[edit]


See also[edit]


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