Arizona Wildcats 2018 countdown to kickoff: 72 days

We are at 72 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 72nd day until kickoff, the best player to wear No. 72 for Arizona? That would be guard Yusuf Scott, who played with the Wildcats from 1996 to 1998. Scott won the Pac-10′s Morris Trophy in 1998 as the league’s best offensive lineman, as voted by the defensive linemen.

Scott, who hails from the Houston suburb of La Porte, Texas, played three years with the Arizona Cardinals after he was drafted in the fifth round in 1999.

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A look ahead

Wearing No. 72 this season for Arizona is redshirt freshman offensive lineman Edgar Burrola, who was a 247Sports three-star performer at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas. He also was an accomplished wrestler qualifying for the state wrestling tournament in the heavyweight division.

Edgar Burrola

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Remember, Heisman candidate Khalil Tate was passed over by schools like UCLA and USC because they did not view him as a capable quarterback at the college level.

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