Arizona Football

2024 Arizona football season countdown: 51 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.



Tom Greenfield when he was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II (Greenfield photo)

With it being the 51st day until kickoff between the Lobos and Wildcats, the best player to wear No. 51 for Arizona is center Tom Greenfield, who established his Hall of Fame career at the school from 1936-38. He was selected a Little All-American in 1938 and went on to play for the Green Bay Packers from 1939 to 1941. Greenfield was named to the half-decade (1949) All-Time Arizona football team as center by The Arizona Daily Star. Named All-Border Conference at center in 1937-38 and to All-Time Rocky Mountain Area (NCAA District 7) team. He was only 200 pounds yet played first-string for the Packers before becoming injured. After the 1941 season with the Packers he joined the US Army during World War II and served as a captain and earned the Silver Star for leading a charge against the German brigade. His colonel Robert Polk, later a four-star NATO general, wrote of Greenfield: “He’s as brave as a lion — fearless and deceptive and he has a great deal of native intelligence. He does exactly what he is told, and God help the man or enemy who gets in his way.” He retired and lived in Tucson and Sierra Vista before passing away from health reasons at age 86 in 2004. A brain hemorrhage impacted his health. He is buried in Sierra Vista. Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach Brent Strom is a son-in-law of Greenfield.


Tyler Mustain

Mustain is a preferred walk-on in his second year in the program. He played in 32 games over three seasons on varsity at Pusch Ridge and was a two-time Class 3A South Defensive Player of the Year, with 349 tackles, 33.0 tackles for loss, and 17 sacks during high school career. He posted 121 solo tackles and 228 assists, averaging 10.9 tackles per game.


Isaiah Mizell, a speedster who plays for Orlando (Fla.) Boone High School, is a Class of 2025 standout wide receiver who committed to Arizona on Wednesday. In 11 games last season, he had 49 catches for 1,057 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns. He took four of his five allotted official visits to Syracuse (May 31), Georgia Tech (June 7), Kansas State (June 14) and Arizona (June 21). He had 20 reported offers and chose Arizona over UCLA, UCF, West Virginia and Minnesota. His older brother Aiden is a redshirt freshman receiver at Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday that the general belief was that Isaiah Mizell would head to Florida to join his brother but Isaiah said the Gators’ coaches did not offer him a scholarship. He told the Sentinel that his decision came down to Arizona and Kansas State.


Isaiah MizellWROrlando, FL6’1″170***7/10/24
Gio RichardsonWRChandler5’11”180***7/4/24
Coleman PatmonDBDel Valle, TX6’3″195***6/26/24
Mays PeseDESanta Barbara, CA6’2″260***6/26/24
Losipini TupouOLSan Francisco, CA6’2″270***6/24/24
Javian GooOLKapolei, HI6’4″285**6/24/24
Kaleb JonesOLPhoenix6’2″288***6/24/24
Gianni EdwardsDBForney, TX6’0″1806/24/24
Dajon HintonATHChandler5’10”165***6/23/24
Sione TohiOTSanta Ana, CA6’3″330***6/23/24
Allen GantDBLubbock, TX6’0″186***6/23/24
Swayde GriffinDBLago Vista, TX6’2″185***6/23/24
Terry SheltonWRIrving, TX6’4″200***6/18/24
Sean RobinsonWRCibolo, TX6’4″215***6/17/24
Wesley YarbroughRBCrosby, TX5’10”190****6/17/24
Joshua TuchekDBLong Beach, CA6’1″180***6/17/24
Luke HaugoQBGilbert6’5″210***6/4/24
Robert McDanielQBHughson, CA6’2″190***5/26/24
Kellan FordTEDanville, CA6’5″235***4/7/24
Player info from Rivals


“All of my visits were nice, the coaches were nice, the facilities were nice. But I didn’t want to base my decision on my position coach because coaches can leave and you could be stuck at a school where you don’t really want to be. So on that visit (to Arizona) it was really the players who stuck out to me. They’re a family. It was just a completely different feeling from Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Kansas State. They play at UCF this year. It was definitely a hard decision, but Coach (Bobby) Wade, the receivers coach, felt like a big brother and the offense is the most advantageous for me. I feel like there is a big buzz and they are building something there. I feel like a lot of coaches are so worried about leading the team that they don’t actually involve themselves with individual players. Coach Brennan is actually involved with every single player.” — Isaiah Mizell, Arizona Class of 2025 wide receiver recruit, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

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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