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CATCH UP ON THE COUNTDOWN BY VISITING: ARIZONA’S TOP 100 INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
Only 68 days separate us from the start of Rich Rodriguez’s fifth season, when the Arizona Wildcats football team plays 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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No other receiver in Arizona history has more 100-yard receiving games than Dennis Northcutt.
In past years, we have counted down the top games and highlighted players and some of the top plays in Arizona Wildcats football 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:
Career 100-Yard Receiving Games: 13, Dennis Northcutt, 1996-99
NCAA record: 26, Trevor Insley, Nevada, 1996-99
Dennis Northcutt amassed an Arizona-record 13 career 100-yard receiving games in an offense under Dick Tomey that was weighted toward the run.
Receiving 100 yards in a game at Arizona continues to be an elusive mark although potent offenses have been installed in the last 10 years by Mike Stoops and Rich Rodriguez.
Dennis Northcutt achieved a school-record 13 games with at least 100 yards receiving, and he played during the days when Dick Tomey used run-oriented quarterbacks Keith Smith and Ortege Jenkins. Bobby Wade, coached by Tomey and John Mackovic, finished with 12 100-yard receiving games.
Mike Thomas and Juron Criner, both Stoops players, are next at 11.
Cayleb Jones, who left school for the NFL with one year of eligibility remaining, compiled only four 100-yard receiving games at Arizona under Rodriguez. Nate Phillips, who will be a senior this season, has two such games. Fellow seniors Samajie Grant and Trey Griffey each have one 100-yard receiving performance in their careers.
What this indicates is Rodriguez’s spread offense utilizes many components rather than one or two receivers primarily as was the case during the Tomey years. Northcutt’s record should be around for a long time.
ARIZONA CAREER 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES
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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.