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CATCH UP ON THE COUNTDOWN BY VISITING: ARIZONA’S TOP 100 INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
Only 86 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.
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Outside linebacker Akil Jackson shares the record with most fumbles recovered in a season (five) with linebacker Ransom Terrell and defensive lineman Keoni Fraser.
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:
Most Fumbles Recovered, Season: 5, Ransom Terrell (1975), Akil Jackson (1993) and Keoni Fraser (2000)
Outside linebacker Akil Jackson with one of his record-tying five fumble recoveries in the 1993 season.
The late Ransom Terrell, an All-WAC selection at linebacker, first set the Arizona record in 1973 with five fumble recoveries in a season. Arizona started tabulating the record in 1967.
The record was untouched for 18 years until outside linebacker Akil Jackson of the Desert Swarm era recovered five in 1993. Seven years after that, in 2000, defensive tackle Keoni Fraser tied the mark again.
Jackson is best remembered for his interception at the line against Miami in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ 29-0 win over the Hurricanes in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl.
Fraser was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection in 2000.
ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com 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 CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, 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.