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Arizona Wildcats Football Countdown (20 Days Until Kickoff): What Are You Looking Forward to the Most?

Do you care about helmets and uniforms?

Many fans do. Give me the old days.

If Arizona showed up to its season opener at Hawaii 20 days from now wearing the big “A” on its helmet and uniforms reminiscent of the 1993 and 1998 teams — two of the best ever assembled — that would be fine by me.

These are the uniforms I’m writing about:

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With our continuing countdown, asking fans what they are looking forward to the most this upcoming season, a couple of them brought up uniforms:

Copper Helmets? — identified as jrfosmoe

Better uniforms — Pearson James

Carrying on the old-fashioned theme, I wish Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke would seriously look at a throwback day when the Wildcats wore the uniform of the 1970’s under the legendary Jim Young. I don’t think I would be able to sleep knowing Arizona would be outfitted with the snake “UA” logo on its helmet a la 1973 to 1976 under Young:

Do you really want the return of copper helmets?

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The current uniforms are not all that bad. I like the big numbers similar to uniforms in the old times so the public-address announcer could see the players clearly from the press box. But please bring back the larger “A” on the helmet.

Arizona is making a big deal of “Back the ‘A’.” Well, back it up by making it larger on the helmet.

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“I’m just a mac and cheese guy but I don’t like every mac and cheese, my mom’s mac and cheese I love it. I’ll just get bowls of it late and night and start eating … She uses some kind of cheese, I don’t really know what it is but I love it.”
— Arizona defensive end Jalen Harris on his mother’s mac and cheese

Harris’s mother is Cha-Ron Walker, who played hoops at Arizona in the mid-1990’s, about the same time his father Sean Harris was wreaking havoc on the football field as a member of the Desert Swarm.

Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin has recruited another Harris standout diligently — Chandler Higley 6-foot-8 senior defensive end Jason Harris.

If Jason winds up at Arizona, it will become a total family affair. Perhaps a restaurant opened by Cha-Ron will come soon after?

By the numbers


From the Arizona media relations department: During the 2018 season the Wildcats led the Pac-12 with 202.4 rushing yards per game, marking the third straight season that Arizona was tops in the conference in this category. Their three biggest contributors were J.J. Taylor, who averaged triple digits at 119.5, Gary Brightwell (47.7) and Khalil Tate (20.4). 

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! 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, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, 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.

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