We are at 74 days until the Arizona Wildcats kick off their 2018 season under new coach Kevin Sumlin.
When Arizona hosts BYU on Sept. 1, it will mark the 40th anniversary since the Wildcats joined the Pac-12 (went from the Pac-8 to the Pac-10 then) and also the 20th anniversary of the 1998 team with the best record in school history, 12-1, and the 25th anniversary of the 1993 team that went 10-2 with a win over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.
To get ready for the upcoming season, All Sports Tucson offers another countdown, which will include memories from former Wildcats, history notes and a look ahead to the season. Think of it as a way to keep Arizona football on the mind in the summer months leading up to fall camp in early August and then kickoff against the Cougars marking the start of the Sumlin Era.
To catch up on the countdown click on this: Arizona Wildcats 2018 countdown to kickoff.
A look back
— With it being the 74th day until kickoff, the best player to wear No. 74 for Arizona? That would be offensive lineman Glenn Parker, who played at Arizona in 1988 and 1989 after transferring from a junior college in California. He excelled despite not playing high school football. He represented Arizona well with 12-year NFL career, followed by local and national broadcasting gigs, including with the Pac-12 Networks.
He is listed on this site’s top 10 ranking of Arizona badasses. While at Arizona, Parker got a tattoo on his bicep of the block “A” helmet logo of the Wildcats. A skull and crossbones is through the letter.
A look ahead
Wearing No. 74 this season for Arizona is fourth-year junior Alex Kosinski, who has played in 15 games as a backup in his first two seasons with the Wildcats. He is a also a regular contributor to the special teams/PAT unit.
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Sumlin is getting involved in the countdown (hopefully he is reading this daily to help get a sense of Arizona’s past).