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2016 Arizona Wildcats football season countdown: No. 96 individual record




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Only 96 days separate us from the start of Rich Rodriguez’s fifth season at Arizona, when the Wildcats play Brigham Young on Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

As is customary on this Web site we will count down the days with an interesting element associated with each day. This year the topic is the top 100 individual records in Arizona’s storied football past.

Compiling the list was no easy task, but it was feasible to do with the information provided in the record books by the Arizona media relations department, and we appreciate that.

In past years, we have counted down the top games and highlighted players and some of the top plays in Wildcat history. A couple of years ago in our top 100 countdown, we showcased the 1914 team that was responsible for Arizona becoming the “Wildcats”.

Back to this year’s countdown of the top 100 individual records in the 117 years of Arizona football:


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Theopolis "T" Bell set many receiving records at Arizona before winning two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh in the 1970's (University of Arizona photo)

Theopolis “T” Bell had a memorable game at BYU in 1975, returning two kickoffs of 65 and 71 yards, earning another place in Arizona’s record books (University of Arizona photo)


No. 96

Kickoff Return Average, Game: 52.7 yards, Theopolis “T” Bell at BYU, Nov. 1, 1975 (3 for 158)

The great late “T” Bell, who went on to win two Suoer Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a receiver, was one of the most spectacular return specialists the Wildcats produced. In a 36-20 victory for Arizona at BYU on Nov. 1, 1975, Bell broke loose for kickoff returns of 65 and 71 yards, both of which set up Wildcat touchdowns. His other return went 22 yards. Bell also caught touchdown passes of 23 and 24 yards from quarterback Bruce Hill against the Cougars. publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.


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