Arizona Football

2024 Arizona football season countdown: 87 days to kickoff

To get ready for the upcoming Arizona football season, All Sports Tucson offers a countdown, which will include history notes and a look ahead to the season — a good way to keep Arizona football on the mind in the summer months leading up to fall camp in early August and then kickoff against New Mexico on Aug. 31 in the start of the Brent Brennan era.



Chris (left) and Kevin Singleton served as honorary captains when Arizona played Washington last season (Arizona Athletics photo)

With it being the 87th day until kickoff between the Lobos and Wildcats, the best player to wear No. 87 for Arizona is linebacker Chris Singleton, who emerged as one of the greatest to play for the Wildcats during his career from 1986-89. Singleton was the leader of the late 1980s defenses who went eighth overall by the New England Patriots in the 1990 draft, second-highest ever for an Arizona player behind Ricky Hunley (a seventh selection by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1984). Singleton supplied bone marrow to his twin brother Kevin, who was stricken by leukemia while both played at Arizona. A two-time All-Pac-10 first-team selection, Chris Singleton had 10 sacks and 21 tackles for loss a senior. He also broke up five passes, forced two fumbles and recovered one. He now resides in Ahwatukee is the senior vascular sales specialist at Janssen Pharmaceutical and has served as the linebacker coach at Gilbert High School. Chris is an associate head coach with the Crismon High School football program at Queen Creek.


Tyler Powell

Powell, 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, was a 3-star Class of 2022 recruit out of Phoenix Brophy Prep. He reportedly had scholarship offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State, Idaho, Iowa State, New Mexico State, UCLA and UNLV. Powell redshirted in 2022 and saw action on special teams in 11 games last season. He made the Pac-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll last fall. His brother Logan Powell is a Class of 2025 offensive tackle at Brophy Prep who has committed to Wisconsin.


The state’s No. 1 quarterback recruit in the Class of 2025 — Luke Haugo of Gilbert Higley High School — committed to Arizona on Tuesday. He is a 3-star recruit as rated by 247 Sports, which has him as the eighth prospect overall in the state for the Class of 2025. He received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Northern Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State before committing to Brennan’s program. Haugo is the second quarterback in the 2025 recruiting class to commit to Arizona following 3-star Robert McDaniel’s pledge last month. Arizona’s clear-cut starting QB is Noah Fifita, who has two more years of eligibility. Second-year backup redshirt freshman Brayden Dorman, transfers Anthony Garcia (redshirt freshman from San Jose State) and Adam Damante (sophomore from NAU) and walk-on Cole Tannenbaum (redshirt sophomore) are Arizona’s backup quarterbacks this fall.


“Haugo was only able to play in two games as a junior due to a back injury but has had a strong off-season and looks primed for a big senior year. He’s a standout in basketball as well but his future is on the grid-iron. We had a chance to see him at the recent Elite 11 Regional Camp in Las Vegas and he was one of our Top Performers at the event. At 6-4, 210 pounds, Haugo has an NFL frame right now and is a good athlete for the position. He clocked a 4.85-40, 4.54 shuttle and jumped nearly 31” in the vertical at the Elite 11 Regional Camp in Las Vegas. He has a smooth, easy delivery and the ball jumps out of his hand. He can get the ball down the field without much of a windup and shows very good pocket mobility as well. He can escape pressure, buy time and looks comfortable throwing rolling out to his right or left. He’s able to change speeds, throws with touch and has a nice overall feel for the position. Mechanically, he’s very strong and look on-balance throwing on time and in rhythm. He can climb the pocket and does a nice job feeling pressure and moving away with his eyes down the field. He’s not afraid to tuck it run when he has to and runs extremely well for a quarterback his size. His game will take a big jump once he can focus solely on playing quarterback and he’s definitely one of the more intriguing signal callers to watch out West.” — Greg Biggins, 247 Sports national recruiting analyst on Luke Haugo.

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. He became an educator in 2016 and is presently a special education teacher at Sunnyside High School in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

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