Arizona Football

2024 Arizona football season countdown: 84 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.



Kevin Singleton is the associate head coach at Queen Creek Crismon (Crismon photo)

With it being the 84th day until kickoff between the Lobos and Wildcats, the best player to wear No. 84 for Arizona is linebacker Kevin Singleton, who emerged as one of the most spiritual players to play for the Wildcats during his career from 1986-90.  Singleton’s career at Arizona spanned six seasons because he was diagnosed with leukemia following the 1988 season. His brother Chris, a first-round draft pick by the New England Patriots who was featured in this countdown at No. 87, had 1 1/2 quarts of bone marrow removed through seven needles inserted into each hip to save Kevin. During the procedure, Chris spent every night in the hospital with his brother. Kevin also underwent chemotherapy heading into the 1989 seeason. Kevin went on to complete his career at Arizona in 1990. In his six seasons with the Wildcats, ne never lost to rival Arizona State. After earning a master’s degree at Arizona, Kevin spent two years as a graduate assistant coach on Dick Tomey’s staff. He took an entry-level job with Cal State Northridge’s football program before that program was eliminated. He later coached at the high school level with Corbin Smith, son of Larry Smith (who recruited the Singleton twins to Tucson in 1985). Kevin was an associate head coach and linebacker coach under Corbin at Tempe McClintock and Queen Creek Crismon. Although Corbin resigned at Crismon following last season, Kevin remains at the school.


Tanner McLachlan:
2024: Selected in Sixth Round (194 overall) of the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals
2023: AP Second-Team All-Pac-12
2023: All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
2023: Appeared at tight end in 12 of 13 games. Made 45 receptions for 528 yards and four touchdowns. The 45 receptions was the second-most in a single season by a tight end in program history. He finished career with 984 receiving yards, six touchdowns on 79 receptions. His 79 career receptions are the most by a tight end in program history and his 984 career receiving yards are second-most by a tight end in Arizona football history.

NO. 84 IN 2024

No players are listed wearing uniform No. 84 this fall.


Owen Goss, a graduate transfer defensive back from Colgate, is joining the Wildcats for his final season coming off a highly productive season for the Raiders in the Patriot League. The Hinsdale, Ill., native had 58 tackles (41 solo) to go with a pair of interceptions, four pass breakups, three kicks blocked and a forced fumble. He earned a spot on the All-Patriot League first team. Goss was a teammate at Colgate of former Catalina Foothills standout tight end Will Parker, son of Arizona offensive lineman great Glenn Parker.


Owen Goss, a safety, last season with Colgate (Colgate photo)

“My take … Owen Goss is close to the new Chuck Cecil. He is the Kerr Krissa of Arizona football but better. Someone close to him told me, ‘He will be the most memorable football player Arizona has had in years, because he is that good & he’ll get you a penalty or two.'” — Tim Daniel, former National Football League game scout and professional player draft development and a member of Football Writers Association of America

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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