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Strong contingent of former Arizona players expected at Sumlin press conference

Former Arizona football players from different eras are expected to be in attendance at the press conference at McKale Center on Tuesday introducing Kevin Sumlin as the Wildcats’ new coach.

Among those expected to be there is former Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (1999-2002). A two-time All-Pac-10 selection recruited to Arizona by Dick Tomey, Briggs tweeted this Sunday after learning of Sumlin’s hire:

Also in attendance at the press conference will be former nine-year NFL player Randy Robbins, a cornerback who played for Larry Smith at Arizona from 1990 to 1993.

Robbins, the athletic director at Casa Grande High School, communicated to me tonight that he is, “looking forward to seeing what Coach Sumlin’s future is for Arizona football.”

“This is a great hire, in my opinion,” Robbins added. “He can recruit and his coaching record (86-43 in nine seasons) speaks for itself.”

Other former Wildcats in attendance should be, among others, David Adams (running back from 1984-86), Kevin Eafon (running back from 1996-98), Heath Bray (defensive back/quarterback from 1989-92) and Lamonte Hunley (linebacker from 1981-84).

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A reception with Sumlin and some of the alumni will also take place Tuesday night.

Former Arizona player Julius Holt, a linebacker and defensive lineman who played for Smith in 1981 and 1982, will be at the reception. He said he wants to make Arizona’s “alumni program great again and to bring back greatness.”

He requests that Arizona football letterwinners contact him via Facebook messenger or through email.

“No one Wildcat stands alone and none of us will walk in darkness any further because the lights have have been turned back on,” Holt said, regarding Sumlin’s hire. “I’m on a mission, are you with me? Inbox me. It’s a great day to be a Wildcat.”

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