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Father’s Day 2015: Standout fathers and children who competed for Arizona Wildcats


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The Wood family that includes current Arizona football players Carter (far left) and Trevor (middle) with father David, a former Arizona defensive tackle, in the back (Wood family photo)

The Wood family that includes current Arizona football players Carter (far left) and Trevor (middle) with father David, a former Arizona defensive tackle, in the back. Mother Jan and sister Taylor are Arizona graduates. (Wood family photo from 2008)

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From one generation to the next, a few Arizona Wildcats have carried on their father’s legacy on the playing field.

While the younger ones have shared in the honor of sporting the cardinal red and navy blue, their presence makes us older folks feel older.

Can his daughter really be in college already?

The most distinguished father and son combination in Arizona Wildcats history is Fred Enke Sr. and Jr., but the elder Enke attended Minnesota. Still, the Enkes are one of the most identifiable families in Wildcat lore.

Enke Sr. coached the Arizona Wildcats’ basketball program for 37 years until 1961, compiling a record of 510-326, which at the time was the fifth-most wins in the history of the sport. Enke Jr. was a three-sport star both at Tucson High School and Arizona before playing seven seasons in the NFL.

On this Father’s Day, AllSportsTucson.com wanted to share some notable father-children combinations who have both competed for the Wildcats.

Three are on the way.

Salpointe standout senior lineman Justin Holt committed to play football at Arizona, where his father Julius starred in 1981 and 1982. Sam Morrison, son of former Desert Swarm member Darryl Morrison, will be a freshman defensive back with the Wildcats this year.

Former Arizona golfer Wade Dunagan’s daughter Delaney Dunagan will play volleyball at Arizona this fall. She played at Catalina Foothills. Her aunt is former longtime Arizona athletic administrator Rocky LaRose.

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