Arizona Football

Brandon Sanders Talks Desert Swarm

Back in the 90’s, Arizona led by coach Dick Tomey built one of the most monsters defenses nicknamed “Desert Swarm.” That was the same defense that completely shut down Miami in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl winning 29-0, making it the first shut out in Fiesta Bowl history.

The “Desert Swarm” defense featured plenty of standout players including two future College Football Hall of Fame players in Tedy Brucshi and Rob Waldrop. Others were Sean Harris, Tony Bouie, Brandon Sanders, Brant Boyer and Ty Parten. It was in that era of Arizona football where the program became known as a tough defensive-minded school.

One of those players from the “Desert Swarm” defense now lives in Tucson coaching at Pueblo High School — Brandon Sanders, who played at Arizona from 1992 to 1995.

I talked to Sanders after one of Pueblo’s games about Arizona bringing the “Desert Swarm” uniforms back for Saturday’s Homecoming game against Oregon State. Plus, we discussed the legacy of coach Tomey and what he meant not only to Arizona football but the community of Tucson.

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