Arizona Wildcats 2018 countdown to kickoff: 62 days

We are now only 62 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

Roger Myers III today in Green Valley.

— With it being the 62nd day until kickoff, the best player to wear No. 62 for Arizona? That would be former offensive tackle Roger Myers III, who was a standout for the Wildcats from 1964-66. He was selected All-WAC as a senior.

Myers, originally from El Cajon, Calif., is retired in Green Valley. He had a career with Texas Instruments after his playing days in college. He is part of the board of directors for Green Valley Recreation, serving as the treasurer.

After working with Texas Instruments as a treasurer until 2002, he owned and operated an AAMCO Transmission franchise in El Cajon from 2003 to 2008. He sold that and then retired in Green Valley, where he has also served on the Fiscal Affairs Committee’s Investment Subcommittee.

A look ahead

Arizona’s media relations department should send this video out to every Heisman voter. He is a breakaway runner as a quarterback and in many of the highlights his passing ability is shown.

They tweeted it

Could this be a reason — or the main reason — why Arizona has yet to win an outright Pac-10/12 championship? Certainly it is a major factor along with a lack of coaching consistency other than Dick Tomey coaching from 1986 to 2000. Sumlin will be the seventh Arizona coach in the Pac-10/12 era since 1978. That averages to a new coach every 5.7 years (Rich Rodriguez lasted six years from 2012 to 2017). Generally, a recruiting cycle to take hold for a new coach is 3 to 4 years. That means the coaches on average have not had the necessary time to adequately develop their talent.

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