A look at Arizona Wildcats roster as fall camp starts tonight



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The Arizona football team begins its 2013 season against Northern Arizona at Arizona Stadium on Aug. 30, which is 27 days away. From now until then, this Web site will count down the days with facts about the Wildcats, their players, coaching staff and opponents. This is not a ranking, only a list of 100 facts and observances related to the 2013 Arizona football team and coach Rich Rodriguez.

Arizona senior offensive lineman Eric Bender-Ramsay is the largest player on the team at 6-6 and 331 pounds

Arizona senior offensive lineman Eric Bender-Ramsay is the largest player on the team at 6-6 and 331 pounds

Arizona last played against Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl 231 days (33 weeks) ago on Dec. 15, 2012. The Wildcats prepare for the 2013 season starting tonight with the beginning of fall camp at 6:30.

As is the case every year, so much happens in between seasons. Here is a brief rundown of the current roster since the Wildcats’ thrilling 49-48 comeback win against the Wolf Pack and spring practice:

Daniel Jenkins, a senior running back, flirted with the idea of transferring to Washington State, but returned reclaiming his No. 3 jersey. Jarrell Bennett, who would have been a freshman receiver but has left the program, wore the offensive No. 3 in spring practice. The defensive No. 3 belongs to sophomore linebacker Keoni Bush-Loo.

— Other scholarship players besides Bennett who were listed on the spring prospectus roster but are no longer with the Wildcats include seven players. Here is the entire list:

No. 3 Jarrell Bennett, freshman receiver
No. 4 Patrick Onwuasor, sophomore safety
No. 11 Tyler Slavin, junior receiver
No. 31 Rochon Taylor, freshman running back
No. 40 Alex Ragsdale, junior placekicker
No. 85 Dame Ndiaye, sophomore tight end
No. 87 Nolan Heyer, sophomore tight end

— The heaviest player on the roster is 6-foot-6 senior offensive lineman Eric Bender-Ramsay, who weighs in at 331 pounds. He is more than double the weight of Arizona’s lightest player, 5-10 sophomore placekicker Casey Skowron, who weighs 155 pounds.

— Three junior offensive lineman are the tallest on Arizona’s roster at 6-8 — Mickey Baucus, Fabbians Ebbele and Trent Spurgeon. Skowron is one of seven players listed at 5-10, the shortest height on the squad. One of the seven is junior running back Ka’Deem Carey. I dare you to call him short.

— Players who should not be wearing uniform numbers because those numbers should be considered sacred:

No. 6 Jonathan McKnight, junior cornerback. College Hall of Fame safety Chuck Cecil wore No. 6 for the Wildcats.
No. 11 William Parks, sophomore free safety. All-American cornerback Chris McAlister wore No. 11 like none other.
No. 18 Terrence Miller, senior receiver. This is more of a sentimental choice for me because I’ve followed UA football since the mid-1970s. The late “T” Bell’s No. 18 still runs vivid in my mind.
No. 25 Ka’Deem Carey, junior running back from CDO. What is it with Tucson’s great running backs wearing No. 25 for Arizona? Vance Johnson (Cholla) and David Eldridge (Pueblo) also wore that number. I always picture Johnson wearing it when I see a UA player with it on.
No. 27 Jamar Allah, sophomore free safety, and No. 27 Terris Jones, junior running back. Lance Briggs, the best UA player to wear No. 27, was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection as a linebacker.
No. 68 Mickey Baucus, junior offensive lineman. College Hall of Famer Tedy Bruschi, who shares the NCAA record with 55 sacks, should have that number retired for eternity.
No. 77 Lene Maiava, sophomore offensive lineman. Maiava has to work double-hard to give justice to that number after All-American defensive tackle Mike Dawson and All-Pac-10 offensive lineman Eben Britton graced that number with the Wildcats.

— Having double vision when watching the UA? Eight player combinations are wearing the same number in 2013. They are:

No. 2: Kylan Butler (senior running back) and Marquis Flowers (senior linebacker)
No. 3: Keoni Bush-Loo (sophomore linebacker) and Daniel Jenkins (senior running back)
No. 5: Trey Griffey (freshman receiver) and Shaquille Richardson (senior cornerback)
No. 9: Javelle Allen (redshirt freshman quarterback) and C.J. Dozier (sophomore linebacker)
No. 12: Wayne Capers Jr. (sophomore safety) and Nick Isham (sophomore quarterback)
No. 17: Josh Kern (redshirt freshman tight end) and Derrick Rainey (senior cornerback)
No. 27: Jamar Allah (sophomore safety) and Terris Jones (junior running back)
No. 29: Austin Hill (junior receiver) and Justin Samuels (senior cornerback)

The matching numbers stop there. None of the linemen or receivers/tight ends share the higher numbers. Those numbers must be too big for two people.

— Here is an interesting and odd note: Four players hail from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, one shy of the amount of players from Tucson on Arizona’s roster.

The Philadelphia-born players are senior placekicker Jake Smith and Parks. Those hailing from Pittsburgh are Capers and sophomore linebacker Dakota Conwell

Those from Tucson: Carey, sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Arzouman (Salpointe Catholic), redshirt freshman safety Clint Cochrane (CDO), sophomore punter Drew Riggleman (Sahuaro) and junior safety Jared Tevis (CDO).

Cochrane and Riggleman were listed as walk-ons in the spring, as was Smith. That means after the spring, the same number of scholarship players (three) from Pennsylvania and Tucson were on the UA roster.

Note: The following official roster information does not yet include information about incoming recruits, such as freshman quarterback Anu Solomon.

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
1 Scroggins, Jesse QB 6-3 210 Jr. Lakewood, Calif.
2 Butler, Kylan RB 5-7 183 Sr. Antioch, Calif.
2 Flowers, Marquis LB 6-3 229 Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.
3 Bush-Loo, Keoni LB 6-4 229 So. Ewa Beach, Hawaii
3 Jenkins, Daniel RB 5-9 195 Sr. Moreno Valley, Calif.
5 Griffey, Trey R 6-3 190 RFr. Orlando, Fla.
5 Richardson, Shaquille CB 6-1 186 Sr. Carson, Calif.
6 McKnight, Jonathan CB 5-11 167 Jr. River Ridge, La.
7 Denker, B.J. QB 6-3 173 Sr. Torrance, Calif.
8 Morrison, Richard CB 5-11 174 Sr. Royse City, Texas
9 Allen, Javelle QB 6-2 223 RFr. Prosper, Texas
9 Dozier, C.J. LB 6-2 205 So. Temecula, Calif.
10 Sanders, Yamen S 6-4 187 RFr. Inglewood, Calif.
11 Parks, William FS 6-1 190 So. Philadelphia, Pa.
12 Capers Jr., Wayne S 6-1 201 So. Pittsburgh, Pa.
12 Isham, Nick QB 6-0 190 So. Calabasas, Calif.
16 Wharton, Garic R 5-11 164 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev.
17 Kern, Josh TE 6-5 205 RFr. San Antonio, Texas
17 Rainey, Derrick CB 6-1 184 Sr. Houston, Texas
18 Miller, Terrence R 6-4 234 Sr. Moreno Valley, Calif.
19 Hobson, Hank LB 6-3 236 Jr. Bakersfield, Calif.
20 Ermisch, Trevor R 6-2 177 Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.
21 Bondurant, Tra’Mayne S 5-10 188 Jr. Vallejo, Calif.
23 Baker, Jared RB 5-8 191 So. Los Angeles, Calif.
24 Conwell, Dakota LB 6-2 217 So. Pittsburgh, Pa.
25 Carey, Ka’Deem RB 5-10 196 Jr. Tucson, Ariz.
26 Grandon, Jourdon CB 6-0 192 Jr. Avondale, Ariz.
27 Allah, Jamar FS 6-1 193 So. Phoenix, Ariz.
27 Jones, Terris RB 5-7 182 Jr. Long Beach, Calif.
28 Lopez, Anthony S 5-11 208 So. West Milford, N.J.
29 Hill, Austin R 6-3 210 Jr. Corona, Calif.
29 Samuels, Justin CB 5-10 170 Sr. Camas, Wash.
30 Jackson, Johnny R 5-10 176 So. San Diego, Calif.
33 Fischer, Jake LB 6-0 222 Sr. Oro Valley, Ariz.
35 Cochrane, Clint S 6-0 186 RFr. Tucson, Ariz.
36 Redmon, David CB 5-11 156 Jr. San Ramon, Calif. (De La Salle HS)
38 Tevis, Jared S 5-10 197 Jr. Tucson, Ariz.
39 Riggleman, Drew P 6-2 209 So. Tucson, Ariz.
40 Murphy, Brendan CB 5-11 181 Sr. New Hartford, N.Y.
41 Skowron, Casey K 5-10 155 So. Phoenix, Ariz.
42 Wilson, Shane CB 5-10 172 RFr. Woodland Hills, Calif.
43 Washington, Justin DL 6-2 268 Sr. Cypress, Texas
46 Brady, Blake S 5-11 195 Jr. Orange, Calif.
50 Gorham, Chase LS 6-3 259 Jr. Scottsdale, Ariz.
53 Jackson, Sir Thomas LB 6-0 205 So. Seattle, Wash.
55 Brinkman, Vaughn LB 6-0 213 RFr. Post Falls, Wash.
57 Ippolito, Cody LB 6-2 230 So. Paradise Valley, Ariz.
59 Boyster, Beau OL 6-4 264 RFr. Temecula, Calif.
61 Bundage, Cayman OL 6-2 261 So. Oklahoma City, Okla.
62 Putton, Chris OL 6-4 280 Sr. Glendale, Ariz.
63 Chacon, Brian LS 6-3 246 Sr. Cypress, Calif.
64 Faafoi, Faitele OL 6-4 321 So. Tustin, Calif.
65 Hemmila, Zach OL 6-3 318 RFr. Chandler, Ariz.
66 Wood, Carter OL 6-2 274 So. Scottsdale, Ariz.
68 Baucus, Mickey OL 6-8 305 Jr. Mundelein, Ill.
69 Bender-Ramsay, Eric OL 6-6 331 Sr. Carson, Calif.
70 Gross, T.D. OL 6-6 277 RFr. San Diego, Calf.
73 Ebbele, Fabbians OL 6-8 309 Jr. Chicago, Ill.
74 Arzouman, Jacob OL 6-5 271 So. Tucson, Ariz.
75 Taula, Kirifi DL 6-4 282 Jr. Garden Grove, Calif.
77 Maiava, Lene OL 6-5 281 So. Tafuna, American Samoa
79 Spurgeon, Trent OL 6-8 324 Jr. Owasso, Okla.
80 Richards, David R 6-4 203 So. Palmdale, Calif.
81 Georges, Clive R 6-1 168 RFr. Key West, Fla.
83 Cooper, Michael TE 6-5 246 Jr. The Woodlands, Texas
84 Gilbert, Reggie DL 6-4 264 Jr. Laveen, Ariz.
86 Smith, Jake K 6-2 200 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa.
88 Streuling, Zach S 5-11 175 RFr. Austin, Texas
90 Pettinato, Dan DL 6-4 265 Jr. Grass Valley, Calif.
91 Tuihalamaka, Sione DL 6-2 271 Sr. Inglewood, Calif.
97 Melvin, Dwight DL 6-1 273 RFr. Laveen, Ariz.
98 Hood, Tevin DL 6-0 293 Sr. Chandler, Ariz.
99 Kelley, Kyle DL 6-3 250 RSo. Irvine, Calif.

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The best Arizona player to wear No. 27, according to TucsonCitizen.com’s Anthony Gimino, is linebacker Lance Briggs (1999-2002): Three-time first-team all-conference selection still helps lead the Chicago Bears defense. He is a 12-year NFL veteran.

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Last year, this site and TucsonCitizen.com ran a Top 50 Games in the history of Arizona football series. I will relive that list here with less than 50 days to kickoff and add one game to it: Arizona’s improbable 49-48 win over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl last December, which landed as No. 38 on the list. Note, after clicking on the link, you will notice last year’s ranking. The list on this page is the current ranking.

No. 27: Trung Canidate rushes for record 288 yards and three long TDs in ’98 shootout against ASU

No. 28: UA dominates No. 3 SMU, highest ranked non-conference foe to lose to Cats

No. 29: Arizona stuns second-ranked Oregon in most significant victory in Mike Stoops era

No. 30: Arizona’s win on last-second FG over ASU ends Frank Kush’s dominance in the series

No. 31: Arizona reaches its zenith under Mike Stoops with victory over Brigham Young in Las Vegas Bowl

No. 32: Arizona owed Cal a couple, knock Bears out of BCS title, Rose Bowl run

No. 33: Arizona’s 10-9 loss at Oregon in 1994, derailing its Rose Bowl hopes, still hurts

No. 34: ASU ripe for picking in banana uniforms for “The Streak” to reach eight

No. 35: Arizona tries risky fake PAT to beat California but loses in epic 4 overtime game

No. 36: Veal to Hill “Hail Mary” pass highlights “The Streak” reaching seven games against ASU

No. 37: USC outlasts Arizona 48-41 in one of most wild games played in Tucson

No. 38: Arizona Wildcats’ comeback against Nevada No. 38 in Top 50 games list

No. 39: Arizona shows signs of life under Mike Stoops with rout over No. 7 UCLA

No. 40: Art Luppino “The Cactus Comet” rockets toward 38 yards per carry and five touchdowns

No. 41: Fumblerooski enables Arizona to sweep USC, UCLA in L.A. for first time

No. 42: Sun Devil nemesis Dan White quarterbacks Arizona into Fiesta Bowl with win over ASU

No. 43: Struggling UA gets improbable win against ’83 Pac-10 champ UCLA

No. 44: Closing chapter of “The Streak” includes Arizona’s dramatic fourth-quarter heroics

No. 45: Arizona overcomes rival Texas Tech with unfathomable late-game rally

No. 46: Dick Tomey, the Desert Fox, does a number on UCLA by changing offense in midseason

No. 47: “The Streak” reaches three games, UA achieves best Pac-10 finish

No. 48: Arizona’s first game at Arizona Stadium in 1929, a 35-0 win over Cal Tech

No. 49: Underdog Arizona’s 2011 thriller over arch-rival Arizona State

No. 50: Arizona’s first win over arch-rival Arizona State, then known as Territorial Normal

Dropped out: Arizona’s first win in program’s history: 22-5 over Tucson Indians

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WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.


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