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Arizona Wildcats football
2017 Arizona Wildcats football team
University of Arizona Block A.svg
First season 1899; 117 years ago (1899)
Athletic director Greg Byrne
Head coach Rich Rodriguez
6th year, 36–29 (.554)
Other staff See Coaching staff section
Stadium Arizona Stadium
Year built 1927
Seating capacity 55,675[1]
Field surface FieldTurf
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Pac-12 (1978–present)
Division South (2011–present)
Past conferences Independent (1899–1930)
Border (1931–1961)
WAC (1962–1977)
All-time record 601–552–33 (.521)
Bowl record 9–10–1 (.475)
Playoff record 0–0
Conference titles 6 (1933, 1934, 1941, 1964, 1973, 1993)
Division titles 1 (2014)
Consensus All-Americans 16[2]
Current uniform
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Colors Cardinal and Navy Blue[3]
         
Fight song Fight! Wildcats! Fight!
Mascot Wilbur the Wildcat
Marching band The Pride of Arizona
Outfitter Under Armour
Primary Rivals

The Arizona Wildcats football program represents University of Arizona in the sport of American college football. Arizona competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southern Division of the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12).

Arizona officially began competing in intercollegiate football in 1889. The Wildcats joined the Pac-10 Conference in 1978 as one of the inaugural members of the conference and the Wildcats began competing in the Pac-12 South Division when the conference divided in 2011. Arizona has achieved none undefeated seasons and won six conference championships (Independents, Border, WAC, Pac-10), along with first ever divisional championship (Pac-12). The Wildcats have made thirty-eight post season bowl appearances; including ten historically major bowl berths. The Wildcats have the 12th most wins in FBS history with over 600 victories and have finished ranked in the Top 25 of either the AP or Coaches polls 37 times, including finishing in the top ten 18 times (ranked 12th nationally for top ten finishes).

Arizona's home stadium is Arizona Stadium, which opened in 1939 and becomes Arizona's fifth largest city on gamedays with a capacity of 87,451. Arizona's archrival is in-state foe Arizona State Sun Devils. The Wildcats and Sun Devils meet annually in the Territorial Cup, one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports. The Wildcats are currently led by head coach Rich Rodriguez.

At the completion of the 2016 season, Arizona's all-time win/loss/tie record is 601–552–33. With the recent tenure of Rich Rodriguez starting in 2012, the Wildcats have compiled a 36–29 record including 3 bowl wins.

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History[edit]

Early History (1899–1951)[edit]

Coach Skinner

The varsity football program at the University of Arizona began in 1899, though the Wildcats nickname was not adopted until later.[4][5] Stuart Forbes became the first head coach of Arizona football history and the team compiled a 1–1–1 record.[6] From 1900 to 1901, William W. Skinner served as head football coach at the University of Arizona.[7] While there, he also studied geology. He guided Arizona to 3–1 and 4–1 records, respectively.[7] On November 7, 1914, the team traveled to the west coast to play Occidental, then one of the reigning gridiron powers in California. Occidental won 14–0. Arizona later received the name "Wildcats" after a Los Angeles Times correspondent, Bill Henry, wrote that "The Arizona men showed the fight of wildcats".[8] Pop McKale was a very successful high school coach in the Tucson area when he was hired at UA.[9] In 1921, Drop-kicker/receiver Harold "Nosey" McClellan led the nation in scoring with 124 points. Wildcats finished the regular season 7–1, and were invited to UA's first bowl game, the East-West Christmas Classic in San Diego, to play powerhouse Centre College of Kentucky; Arizona lost the game 38–0. The Wildcats did not compete in football in 1918 due to World War I. On October 18, 1926 UA quarterback and student body president John "Button" Salmon died from injuries sustained in a car wreck. His final words, spoken to coach "Pop" McKale, were: "Tell them.....tell the team to Bear Down."[10] Soon thereafter, the UA student body adopted "Bear Down" as the school's athletic motto. On October 18, 1929, Arizona opened up Arizona Stadium for college football play. They won their first game against Caltech with a shutout score of 25–0. McKale retired after sixteen seasons at Arizona. The McKale Center, the University of Arizona's home basketball venue, was opened in 1973 and named in McKale's honor.[9]

Fred Enke replaced McKale as head coach of the Wildcats and in one season as head coach, he posted a record of 3–5–1[11] before getting demoted to assistant coach. Gus Farwick served as the head football coach at the University of Arizona in 1932, compiling a record of 4–5[12] before his resignation. Tex Oliver coached the Arizona Wildcats to a 32–11–4 record in five seasons.[13] During that stretch, his teams never had a losing season.[13] Oliver's "Blue Brigade" played an expanded, more nationwide schedule, and Arizona produced their first All-Americans under Oliver. The team's 1938 record of 8–2 was a school best to date.[13] Oliver resigned after the 1937 season to accept the head football coach position at Oregon.[14]

Orian Landreth replaced Oliver and struggled in his one season as head coach, compiling a 3–6 record[15] before he was fired. That season was the first losing season for the Wildcats in several years. Miles Casteel came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach at Michigan State. In his eight seasons (Arizona did not field football teams in 1943 or 1944 due to World War II), Casteel compiled a 46–26–3 record and led the Wildcats to the first bowl berth in three decades in his final season, a loss in the 1949 Salad Bowl to Drake.[16] Robert Winslow served as Arizona's head football coach for three seasons, posting a record of 12–18–1, with the team improving every year under his tutelage, going 2–7–1, 4–6 and 6–5 in Winslow's three years.[17] Winslow resigned after three seasons.

Warren Woodson era (1952-1956)[edit]

Coach Woodson

In 1954, under coach Warren Woodson, who came to Arizona from Hardin-Simmons, the Wildcats were led by starting halfback Art Luppino. He went on to lead the nation in rushing, scoring, all-purpose running, and kickoff returns.[18] Luppino became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing twice.[18] He also tied for the national title in all-purpose running and was third in scoring.[18] Woodson was replaced after five seasons and a 26–22–2 record[19] and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1989.

Ed Doherty era (1957-1958)[edit]

Ed Doherty came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.[20] In two seasons, Doherty compiled a record of 4–15–1[21] before getting fired. Doherty is the only person to serve as head football coach at both Arizona and archrival Arizona State.

Jim LaRue era (1959-1966)[edit]

Jim LaRue, formerly running backs coach at Houston, was hired to take over the Arizona Wildcats football program as head coach after Doherty's firing. LaRue's 1961 team finished 8–1–1 and finished the season ranked #17 in the final AP Poll.[22] After that season, Arizona joined the Western Athletic Conference and LaRue's teams posted records of 5–5, 5–5, 6–3–1, 3–7 and 3–7 before LaRue was fired, largely because of the sub-par on-the-field performances but also pressure from fans and alumni.[22][23]

Darrell Mudra era (1967-1968)[edit]

Coach Mudra

Darrell Mudra came to Arizona from North Dakota State and breathed life into a seemingly lifeless Arizona football program.[24] His first team posted a record of 3–6–1 but in his second year, Mudra's Wildcats posted a record of 8–3, capped with a loss in the 1968 Sun Bowl, only the Wildcats third bowl appearance in school history and first since 1949.[25] Mudra left Arizona after two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Western Illinois.[26] His final record is 11–9–1.[24] Mudra was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000.[24]

Bob Weber era (1969-1972)[edit]

Bob Weber was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach following Mudra's departure.[27] Under Weber, the Wildcats were 16–26, with their best season being a 5–6 1971 season.[28] Weber failed to post a winning season as Arizona's head coach and was fired after four seasons.

Jim Young era (1973-1976)[edit]

Jim Young, formerly defensive coordinator at Michigan, was hired to turn around the downtrodden Wildcats football program.[29] Improvement came immediately, as Young's team surprised the nation with an 8–3 record in his first season.[30] Young's Wildcats went on to post records of 9–2 in 1974 and 1975, the latter ending with a #13 and #18 ranking in the Coaches' and AP Polls, respectively.[30] In a rebuilding year, Young's team posted a 5–6 record in 1976 to cap Young's mark of 31–13 in four seasons.[30] Young departed Arizona after the 1976 season to accept the head football coach position at Purdue.[31] He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999.

Tony Mason era (1977-1979)[edit]

Tony Mason came to Arizona from Cincinnati.[32] Under Mason, the Wildcats went 5–7, 5–6 and 6–5–1 for a grand total of 16–18–1.[33] In Mason's third and final season, the Wildcats played in the Fiesta Bowl, a game they lost.[33] Mason retired as head coach after three seasons.[34]

Larry Smith era (1980-1986)[edit]

Coach Smith

Larry Smith, previously head coach at Tulane, was hired to take over the Arizona football program after Mason's retirement.[35] His first season was Arizona's third in the Pac-12 Conference. Smith put great emphasis on in-state recruiting, built up the rivalry game with ASU, and focused the team on what he called "running and hitting". His first team went 5–6, including a 44–7 blowout loss to ASU; it would be his only losing season at Arizona. The highlight of the season was a 23-17 upset of 2nd ranked UCLA (the Bruins were poised to become #1 as top ranked Alabama had lost earlier in the day).[36] The team improved to 6–5 during his second season, highlighted by a major 13–10 upset of #1 USC on the road.[37] Under his leadership, the Wildcats became competitive in the conference, began dominating the rivalry with the Sun Devils, and culminated with consecutive bowl appearances in the 1985 Sun Bowl, where a tie with Georgia gave the Wildcats an 8–3–1 record, and the 1986 Aloha Bowl, where a victory over North Carolina allowed the Wildcats to finish with a 9–3 record in his final season.[36] Smith's tenure with the Wildcats ended with a 48–28–3 record. Seven Arizona players earned All-America honors during his tenure, including two-time consensus All-American linebacker Ricky Hunley and All-Americans linebacker Lamonte Hunley (Ricky's younger brother), Morris Trophy-winning center Joe Tofflemire, safety Allan Durden, placekicker Max Zendejas, linebacker Byron Evans, and safety Chuck Cecil. Over twenty of Smith's Wildcats players went on to play professionally.[36] Smith departed after the 1986 season to accept the head football coach position at USC.[38]

Dick Tomey era (1987-2000)[edit]

Coach Tomey

Dick Tomey came to Arizona from Hawaii.[39] During his tenure, he coached five future NFL first-round draft choices, 20 All-Americans, and 43 Pac-10 first team players.

His best teams were in the mid-1990s, highlighted by a tenacious "Desert Swarm" defense. He led Arizona to the only two ten-win seasons in school history, highlighted by a 12–1 campaign in 1998, in which they finished fourth in both major polls, the highest ranking in school history. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were drubbed in the 1999 season opener against Penn State and never recovered; Tomey resigned after the 2000 season.[40] His 95 wins are the most in Wildcats history.

In 1992, Coach Tomey's "Desert Swarm" defense was characterized by tough, hard-nosed tactics. UA led the nation in scoring defense and nose guard Rob Waldrop is a consensus All-American. In 1993, the team had its first 10-win season and beat the Miami Hurricanes in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl by a score of 29–0. It was the bowl game's only shutout in its then 23-year history. In 1994, Arizona was ranked #6. However, Arizona was stunned by Colorado State and the rest of the season went down along with it, continuing a streak of not being selected for the Rose Bowl. Arizona to this day, is the only team in the original Pac-10 that has never played in the Rose Bowl Game.

In 1998, the team posted a school-record 12–1 season and made the Holiday Bowl in which it defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers.[41] Arizona ended that season ranked fourth nationally in the coaches and Associated Press poll. The 1998 Holiday Bowl was televised on ESPN and set the now-surpassed record of being the most watched of any bowl game in that network's history.

In 2000, Tomey's Wildcats suffered a season-ending 30–17 loss to Arizona State, the Wildcats' primary arch-rival. Dick Tomey resigned under pressure after fourteen seasons as head coach of the Wildcats.[42] The Wildcat football declined in wins and went on a bowl game drought over the next several years.

John Mackovic era (2001-2003)[edit]

Former Illinois and Texas head coach John Mackovic was hired to replace Tomey.[43] Tomey had been serving as a college football analyst at ESPN at the time of his hiring.

Mackovic served a disastrous tenure as head coach during this period; he alienated his players and never posted a winning record in two and one-half seasons in Tucson, with a 10–18 record (a .357 winning percentage).[44] Midway through the 2002 season, Mackovic told tight end Justin Levasseur that he was a disgrace to his family. This and other incidents led 40 players (including future Pro Bowler Lance Briggs) to hold a secret meeting with school president Peter Likins. The players complained about Mackovic's constant verbal abuse, such as an ugly tirade after a loss to Wisconsin. Mackovic offered a public apology to his players, the university and fans.[45][46]

However, whatever goodwill that he'd managed to restore quickly evaporated a season later; quarterback Nic Costa said that despite a very talented roster, many players had lost their love for the game due to Mackovic's brusque manner. Five games into the 2003 season, Mackovic was fired and replaced on an interim basis by defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz.[47] School officials said they had to act because it was obvious the Wildcats would not win with Mackovic at the helm.[48]

Mike Stoops era (2004–2011)[edit]

In 2004, Arizona hired Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, brother of famed Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops, to take over the Wildcat program.[49] Under Stoops, Arizona started 6–18;[50] his job was in critical danger and his margin for error was very thin. However, in his third season in 2006, Stoops led the Wildcats to an improved 6–6 record,[50] the first non-losing season for the school since 1998 when the Wildcats went 12–1. In 2008, the Wildcats earned their first bowl berth in a decade, defeating BYU by a score of 31–21.[51] In 2009, the Wildcats earned their second straight bowl berth and a second straight eight-win season.[50] On November 21, 2009, the Oregon Ducks came to Arizona Stadium in a game that would decide which team went to the Rose Bowl. ESPN's College GameDay crew dubbed it as the game of the week and ventured down to Tucson to cover it. After a back and forth battle, the Oregon Ducks won in double overtime 44–41 to clinch the Rose Bowl bid.[52] Arizona was defeated 33–0 by Nebraska in a rematch of the 1998 Holiday Bowl.[50][53] Following the Holiday Bowl, offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes left the Wildcat program to become the head coach at Louisiana Tech,[54] and defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, a brother of Mike, became the defensive coordinator at Florida State.[55] To replace them, Mike Stoops promoted Bill Bedenbaugh and Seth Littrell to co-offensive coordinators, while promoting Tim Kish to be co-defensive coordinators with Greg Brown, who was hired from Colorado. Midway through his eighth season, Stoops was fired as head coach on October 10, 2011, after starting the season 1–5 (the sole victory was against FCS Northern Arizona).[56] Including the prior season, the Wildcats under Stoops had lost 10 consecutive games against FBS opponents, with their last victory over a FBS team taking place nearly a year earlier on October 30, 2010, against UCLA. Tim Kish, the team's defensive coordinator, was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[57] (Stoops returned to the Sooner program soon thereafter as defensive coordinator; Kish, who had known the Stoops brothers for many years, followed Stoops and joined the Sooner staff as the linebackers coach.)[58]

Rich Rodriguez era (2012–present)[edit]

Coach Rodriguez

On November 21, 2011, Arizona announced the hiring of Rich Rodriguez, at that time a CBS Sports college football analyst and formerly head coach at Michigan and West Virginia, to replace Stoops.[59] Rodriguez is considered a pioneer of a no huddle, run-oriented version of the spread offense, although a pass-first version was already being implemented by others.[60][61][62] He first developed this offensive approach at Glenville State and refined it during his stops at Tulane with Shaun King, at Clemson with Woodrow Dantzler, and at West Virginia most notably with dual-threat quarterback Pat White. This strategy features frequent use of the shotgun formation. Rodriguez is also credited for inventing the zone read play run out of the shotgun formation.

According to his contract, Rodriguez was scheduled to earn $1.45 million in his first year, $1.5 million in his second, $1.6 million in his third, $1.7 million in his fourth and $1.8 million in his fifth season for a total of $9.55 million over a span of five years.[63] The contract also includes an extra $300,000 per year from Nike, as well as bonuses for academic achievement, BCS rankings, season ticket totals and bowl appearances. There are extra bonuses for milestones such as playing in the BCS title game, playing in any other bowl, and for winning the Pac-12.[64]

Rodriguez' hiring ended a 41-day search for a head coach which started after Mike Stoops was dismissed after eight seasons as Wildcat head coach. Following West Virginia's victory in the 2012 Orange Bowl, Mountaineers defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, who coached under Rodriguez during his tenure there, departed WVU's staff to join Rodriguez' staff as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator.[65] An official announcement, and Casteel's formal introduction to the Tucson media, was made on January 13, 2012. Casteel is considered one of the top defensive coaches in the nation, and considered master of the 3–3–5 "odd stack" defense.[66]

In his first season, Rodriguez took the Wildcats to the 2012 New Mexico Bowl, where they defeated Nevada.[67] The Wildcats finished the 2012 campaign with a (8–5, 4–5 Pac-12) record.[67]

In his second season, Rodriguez took the Wildcats to the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl, where they defeated Boston College.[68] The Wildcats finished the 2013 campaign with a (8–5, 4–5 Pac-12) record.

In 2014, Rich Rodriguez led the Wildcats to a 10-3 regular season, behind generally solid team performance, including efforts from freshman QB Anu Solomon, sophomore LB Scooby Wright (who earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year among other honors), senior RB Terris Jones-Grigsby and freshman RB Nick Wilson.The Wildcats won the Pac-12 South Division, the first divisional championship in program history, advancing to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where they were defeated by the Oregon Ducks, 51-13.[69] The Wildcats earned a berth in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, the school's third major-bowl appearance, where they faced the Boise State Broncos. Arizona lost the game to Boise State, 38–30. The Wildcats finished the 2014 season with a record of 10–4 (7–2 Pac-12), achieving only the second 10-win regular season in program history; the Wildcats also finished the season ranked #17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and #19 in the AP Poll.

In his fourth year as the head coach, Rodriguez's Wildcats finished with a record of 7–6 (3–6 Pac-12).[70]

Personnel[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

The current head coach of Arizona Wildcats football is Rich Rodriguez who hired in 2012.

Years Coach Record
1899 Stuart Forbes 1–1–1
1900–1901 William W. Skinner 7-2
1902 Leslie Gillette 5-0
1904 Orin A. Kates 3-1-2
1905 William M. Ruthrauff 5-2
1908–1909 H. B. Galbraith 8-1
1910–1911 George F. Shipp 8-1-1
1912 Raymond L. Quigley 2-1
1913 Frank A. King 2-2
1914–1930 Pop McKale 81–32–6
1931 Fred Enke 3–5–1
1932 August W. Farwick 4-5
1933–1937 Tex Oliver 32–11–4
1938 Orian Landreth 3–6
1939–1948 Miles W. Casteel 46–26–3
1949–1951 Robert Winslow 12–18–1
1952–1956 Warren B. Woodson 26-22-2
1957–1958 Ed Doherty 4-15-1
1959–1966 Jim LaRue 41–37–2
1967–1968 Darrell Mudra 11–9–1
1969–1972 Bob Weber 16–26
1973–1976 Jim Young 31–13
1977–1979 Tony Mason 16–18–1
1980-1986 Larry Smith 48-28-3
1987–2000 Dick Tomey 95-64-4
2001–2003 John Mackovic 10-18
2004 Mike Hankwitz 1-6
2004–2011 Mike Stoops 41–50
2011 Tim Kish 3-3
2012–present Rich Rodriguez 35–21

Coaching Records: cfbdatawarehouse.com[71]

Coaching staff[edit]

Arizona Wildcats coaches

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

Coaching Staff Sources: ArizonaWildcats.com[72]

Current Roster[edit]

Offense

Quarterbacks

  • 10 Zach Werlinger – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 12 Anu Solomon (C) – Redshirt Junior
  • 13 Brandon Dawkins – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 14 Khalil Tate - Freshman
  • 16 Gunther Johnson - Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 2 Tyrell Johnson – Junior
  • 3 Cam Denson – Junior
  • 5 Trey Griffey – Redshirt Senior
  • 6 Shun Brown – Sophomore
  • 7 DeVaughn Cooper - Freshman
  • 9 Tony Ellison – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 10 Samajie Grant – Senior
  • 11 Nate Phillips - Senior
  • 18 Cedric Peterson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 19 Shawn Poindexter - Junior
  • 24 Darick Holmes Jr. – Redshirt Freshman
  • 83 Joshua Mason - Freshman
  • 84 Abraham Mendivil – Redshirt Junior
  • 87 Zach Benjamin - Redshirt Junior
  • 88 Jordan Bogardus - Freshman
  • 89 Justus Lee - Freshman
 

Running Backs

  • 21 Orlando Bradford – Sophomore
  • 25 J.J. Taylor - Freshman
  • 28 Nick WilsonJunior
  • 32 Jake Laudenslager - Freshman
  • 34 Zach Green – Redshirt Junior
  • 38 Branden Leon – Redshirt Freshman
  • 42 Richie Estrada - Redshirt Sophomore

Offensive Linemen

  • 50 Josh McCauley - Freshman
  • 54 Bryson Cain – Freshman
  • 55 Levi Walton - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 58 Layth Friekh – Junior
  • 59 Christian Lopez – Redshirt Freshman
  • 63 Keenan Walker - Freshman
  • 64 Nathan Elridge – Redshirt Freshman
  • 67 Gerhard de Beer – Redshirt Junior
  • 69 Christian Boettcher - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 72 Freddie Tagaloa – Redshirt Senior
  • 74 Alex Kosinski – Redshirt Freshman
  • 75 Michael Eletise - Freshman
  • 76 Cody Creason – Redshirt Freshman
  • 77 Harper Sharman - Freshman
  • 78 Jacob Alsadek – Redshirt Junior
 

Tight Ends

  • 8 Trevor Wood – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 15 Matt Morin – Redshirt Senior
  • 17 Josh Kern – Redshirt Senior
  • 48 Brian Anduze – Redshirt Freshman
  • 85 Jamie Nunley - Freshman

Defense

Defensive Linemen

  • 50 Justin Holt - Freshman
  • 55 Darrell Cloy Jr - Sophomore
  • 60 Luca Bruno – Redshirt Junior
  • 62 Aiulua Fanene – Redshirt Senior
  • 86 Justin Belknap - Redshirt Freshman
  • 91 Finton Connolly – Redshirt Freshman
  • 92 Jack Banda – Redshirt Junior
  • 93 Parker Zellers – Redshirt Junior
  • 94 Calvin Allen – Redshirt Junior
  • 96 Marcus Griffin – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 99 Sani Fuimaono – Senior

Linebackers

  • 7 Kahi Neves - Freshman
  • 11 Michael Barton - GS Senior
  • 15 Jacob Colacion - Freshman
  • 18 Brandon Rutt – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 24 RJ Morgan – Redshirt Junior
  • 28 Carrington Vaughn – Redshirt Freshman
  • 30 Jamardre Cobb – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 32 DeAndre' Miller – Redshirt Junior
  • 33 Corey Selenski - Freshman
  • 39 Franciso Nelson - Freshman
  • 47 Jake Matthews - Senior
  • 51 Lee Anderson III - Freshman
  • 52 Alex King - Redshirt Senior
  • 53 Richard Merritt - Freshman
  • 56 John Kenny - Redshirt Junior
  • 57 Cody Ippolito - Redshirt Senior
  • 59 Matthew Stagg - Redshirt Senior
  • 61 Marquis Ware - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 81 Jalen Cochran - Freshman
 

Cornerbacks

  • 2 Lorenzo Burns - Freshman
  • 8 Antonio Parks - Freshman
  • 9 Dane Cruikshank – Redshirt Junior
  • 10 Malcolm Holland – Redshirt Freshman
  • 13 Devin Holiday – Senior
  • 15 Kwesi Mashack - Junior
  • 17 Jace Whittaker – Sophomore
  • 19 DaVonte' Neal – Redshirt Senior
  • 23 Devon Brewer – Sophomore
  • 27 Samuel Morrison – Sophomore
  • 29 Jarvis McCall Jr. – Redshirt Junior
  • 35 Isaiah Strong - Redshirt Junior
  • 41 Isaac Steele – Freshman
  • 49 Lee Pitts - Freshman

Safeties

  • 1 Tellas Jones - Redshirt Senior
  • 3 Jarrius Wallace - Freshman
  • 5 Gavin Robertson Jr. - Freshman
  • 6 Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles - Redshirt Freshman
  • 14 Paul Magloire – Redshirt Senior
  • 20 Chacho Ulloa – Freshman
  • 21 Isaiah Hayes - Freshman
  • 25 Anthony Mariscal – Redshirt Freshman
  • 31 Tristan Cooper - Freshman
  • 36 Jalen Jenkins - Freshman
  • 37 Carter Hehr - Redshirt Junior
  • 40 Kyeler Burke - Freshman
  • 43 Tyler Grammar - Redshirt Senior
  • 46 Albert Green – Redshirt Freshman
  • 49 Peyton Morris - Freshman

Special Teams

Punters

  • 16 Jake Glatting - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 26 Matt Aragon - Redshirt Freshman

Kickers

  • 9 Josh Pollack – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 82 Edgar Gastelum – Redshirt Sophomore

Long Snappers

  • 51 Donald Reiter - Freshman
  • 56 Nick Reinhardt – Redshirt Sophomore

Sources: 2016 Arizona Wildcats roster

Team achievements[edit]

Conference championships[edit]

Dating back to their days in the Western Athletic Conference, Arizona has claimed at least a share of six conference titles.

Arizona Conference Championships
Season Conference Coach Conference Record Overall Record
1935 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tex Oliver 4–0 7–2
1936 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Oliver 3–0–1 5–2–3
1941 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Miles W. Casteel 5–0 7–3
1964dagger Western Athletic Conference Jim LaRue 3–1 6–3–1
1973dagger Western Athletic Conference Jim Young 6–1 8–3
1993dagger Pacific-10 Dick Tomey 6–2 10–2
Conference Championships 6
dagger Denotes co-champions

Undefeated seasons[edit]

Divisional championships[edit]

In 2011, the Pacific-10 Conference added Colorado and Utah, bringing the membership total to 12 teams, leading to the creation of the Pac-12 Conference. At that time, the conference split into two six-team divisions, north and south and created a Conference Championship Game. The champions of each division face off in the Conference Championship Game, with the team with the highest conference record hosting the game. In 2014 the Wildcats won the South Division in their first game of the season, becoming the first team to win the Pac-12 South Division outright.

Arizona Divisional Championships
Season Division Coach Conf Record Overall Record Championship Game Result Opponent
2014 Pac-12 South Rich Rodriguez 7–2 10–2 L 13–51 Oregon
Division Championships 1
† Denotes co-champions

Note: bold years indicate outright conference titles ***Co-Championship, shared with UCLA, who defeated Arizona by 20 points in their only head-to-head matchup. Arizona has yet to win an outright Pac-10/12 conference championship.

Bowl games[edit]

Among those eligible for the Rose Bowl under the previous rules (Pac-10 and Big Ten champs until 1997 and runner up if one or both is eligible for the national championship game after that year), Arizona is the only one of the original teams in these conferences to have never participated in the bowl game.

While Arizona was the only member of the Pacific-10 Conference to never have participated in a Rose Bowl, Utah and Colorado, as the newest members of the expanded Pac-12 Conference, have also not represented the conference.[73][clarification needed]

Arizona played in no BCS bowl games during the existence of the BCS (1998-2013). However, they did play in a New Year's Six bowl game in the first year of the College Football Playoff, losing to Boise State in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, as well as a Bowl Coalition Game, beating Miami in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl.

Season Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
1921 December 26, 1921 Christmas L Centre 0 38
1949 January 1, 1949 Salad L Drake 13 14
1968 December 28, 1968 Sun L Auburn 34 10
1979 December 25, 1979 Fiesta L Pittsburgh 16 10
1985 December 16, 1985 Sun T Georgia 13 13
1986 December 28, 1986 Aloha W North Carolina 30 21
1989 December 31, 1989 Copper W NC State 17 10
1990 December 25, 1990 Aloha L Syracuse 28 0
1992 December 31, 1992 Sun L Baylor 20 15
1993 January 1, 1994 Fiesta* W Miami 29 0
1994 December 27, 1994 Freedom L Utah 16 13
1997 December 20, 1997 Insight.com W New Mexico 20 14
1998 December 30, 1998 Holiday W Nebraska 23 20
2008 December 20, 2008 Las Vegas W BYU 31 21
2009 December 30, 2009 Holiday L Nebraska 33 0
2010 December 29, 2010 Alamo L Oklahoma State 36 10
2012 December 15, 2012 New Mexico W Nevada 49 48
2013 December 31, 2013 AdvoCare V100 W Boston College 42 19
2014 December 31, 2014 Fiesta** L Boise State 30 38
2015 December 19, 2015 New Mexico W New Mexico 45 37
Total 20 bowl games 9–10–1

* denotes Bowl Coalition game. ** denotes New Year's Six Bowl game.

Record by bowl game[edit]

Bowl Game # W L T %
AdvoCare V100 1 1 0 0 1.000
Alamo Bowl 1 0 1 0 0.000
Aloha Bowl 2 1 1 0 0.500
Christmas Classic 1 0 1 0 0.000
Copper Bowl 1 1 0 0 1.000
Fiesta Bowl 3 1 2 0 0.333
Freedom Bowl 1 0 1 0 0.000
Holiday Bowl 1 1 1 0 0.500
Insight.com Bowl 1 1 0 0 1.000
Las Vegas Bowl 1 1 0 0 1.000
New Mexico Bowl 2 2 0 0 1.000
Salad Bowl 1 0 1 0 0.000
Sun Bowl 1 0 1 1 0.500

Rankings[edit]

College Football Playoff final rankings[edit]

The Arizona Wildcats football team finished in the Top 25 in the first College Football Playoff final rankings and both the Pre-season and Final rankings for the Associated Press Poll (AP Poll) and Coaches' Poll for the Arizona Wildcats.The College Football Playoff Rankings began in 2014.[74]

  • 2014 - 10

Final Polls[edit]

The Arizona Wildcats football team has never finished the season ranked #1 in the Final AP Poll. The Wildcats has not ranked #1 in the Final Coaches' Poll The Wildcats also never finished #2 in the Final Associated Press Poll and the Final Coaches Poll.

The AP Poll began in 1936[75] and The Coaches' Poll began in 1950.[76]

Year Record AP Poll UPI/Coaches Poll
1993 10-2 10 9
1994 8-4 24 20
1998 12-1 4 4
2014 10-4 19 17

Pageantry[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

The Wildcats have three main football rivals: Arizona State Sun Devils, New Mexico Lobos and Northern Arizona. All three rivalries were first contested over 100 years ago, though the series records are disputed in two cases.

Arizona State

The main rivalry for the Wildcats are the Arizona State Sun Devils. The rivialry consists of two schools within the state of Arizona and Pac-12 South Division. The "Duel in the Desert", the name of yearly matchup the two schools. Starting in 1899, the Wildcats lost the first matchup 11–2. Arizona lost the most recent 2015 meeting 52-37 in Tempe. Arizona currently leads the series at 48–40–1.

New Mexico

A major rival of the Wildcats in the 1900s was against the New Mexico Lobos. The series was intense until the annual matchup was canceled after the 1990 season. Arizona won the 2015 meeting 45-37 at 2015 New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. Arizona leads the head-to-head series at 44–20–3.

Northern Arizona

The Wildcats have a minor in-state rivialry against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. Arizona won the 2015 meeting 77-13 in Tucson. Arizona leads the head-to-head series at 13–1

Arizona vs. In-State NCAA Division I schools[edit]

From 1905 to 2015, Arizona played two In-State NCAA Division I schools for 193 times.

School Record Home Away Netural Streak First Meeting Last Meeting
Northern Arizona (Rival) 13–1 (.929) 12–0 (1.000) 0–1 (.000) 1–0 (1.000) Won 14 Oct. 29, 1932 Sept. 19, 2015
New Mexico Lobos (Rival) 44-20-3 (.679) 21–11–1 .652 21–9–2 (.688) 2–0 (1.000) Won 1 Nov. 26, 1908 Dec. 19, 2015
Overall: Arizona 57 – In-State NCAA Division I Schools 21 (.722)
Home: Arizona 33 - In-State NCAA Division I Schools (.744)
Away: Arizona 21 - In-State NCAA Division I Schools 9 (.688)
Neutral: Arizona 0- In-State NCAA Division I Schools 1 (.000)

Arizona vs. Pac-12 schools[edit]

Updated through the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season.

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits violations) against the current football members of the Pac-12 Conference as of the completions of the 2017 season. Arizona's all-time win/loss/tie record is 601–552–33, has won 6 conference championships and has made an NCAA-record 20 postseason bowl appearances. Other NCAA records include 2 10-game or more winning streaks and 2 seasons with a 10–0 start. The program has 2 10-win seasons and has 9 bowl victories, both NCAA records. Arizona has completed zero undefeated seasons, zero of which were perfect seasons. The Wildcats leads the Pac-12 South Division with one division title and played the first appearance in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game in 2014.

School Record Home Away Neutral Streak First Meeting Last Meeting
Arizona State (Rival) 49–40–1 (.550) 32–19 (.627) 17–21–1 (.449) 0–0 (–) Won 1 1899 2017
California 16–14–2 (.531) 9–7 (.563) 7–7–2 (.500) 0–0 (–) Won 3 1978 2017
Colorado 5–14–0 (.263) 2–8 (.200) 3–6 (.333) 0–0 (–) Lost 1 1931 2017
Oregon 16–25–0 (.390) 6–13 .316 10–11 .476 0–1 (.000) Lost 1 1931 2017
Oregon State 22–15–1 (.592) 12–6 (.667) 9–8–1 (.528) 1–1 (.500) Lost 1 1966 2017
Stanford 14–16–0 (.467) 8–8 (.500) 6–7 (.462) 0-10–1 (.000) Lost 5 1979 2016
UCLA 15–24–2 (.390) 11–10 (.524) 4–11–1 (.281) 0-3–1 (.125) Lost 5 1971 2017
USC 8–32–0 (.200) 4–13 (.235) 4–18 (.182) 0–1 (.000) Lost 4 1979 2017
Utah 19–21–2 (.476) 10–9–1 (.524) 9–11 (.450) 0-10–1 (.000) Lost 1 1936 2017
Washington 11–21–1 (.348) 7–8–1 (.469) 4–13 (.235) 0–0 (–) Lost 2 1978 2016
Washington State 26–16–0 .619 13–9 .591 11–5 .688 2–2 .500 Lost 2 1963 2017
Overall: Arizona 185 – Pac-12 Schools 212 (.467)
Home: Arizona 195 – Pac-12 Schools 164 (.543)
Away: Arizona 84 – Pac-12 Schools 112 (.430)
Neutral: Arizona 3 – Pac-12 Schools 10 (.250)

Arizona vs All Time Conference records[edit]

Official record against all current and former conference opponents of the Arizona Wildcats football program. In their 121–122 year history, the University of Arizona has been a member Border Intercollegiate Athletc Association, Western Athletic Conference, and then called Pacific-10 and currently the Pac-12 Conference. The History section of the Pac-12 Conference article provides a membership history of the Pac-12 Conference. Current as of the 2017 season.

Main article: Arizona Football Records

[77]

Division I FBS conference record[edit]

Conference Win Loss Tie Pct. PF PA Delta
The American 2 4 0 .333 105 123 -18
ACC 6 5 0 .545 183 194 -11
Big 12 21 40 5 .356 996 1517 -521
Big Ten 16 24 1 .402 713 955 −242
C-USA 43 15 2 .733 1445 862 583
Independents 13 11 1 .540 485 446 39
MAC 7 0 0 1.000 248 58 190
MWC 100 51 5 .657 3320 2254 1066
Pac-12 200 230 9 .466 9937 10688 −751
SEC 1 9 1 .136 142 304 −162
Sun Belt 43 7 1 .853 1481 324 1157
Totals 452 396 25 .532% 20182 16142 4040

Division I FCS conference record[edit]

Conference Win Loss Tie Pct. PF PA Delta
Big Sky 19 3 0 .864 662 154 508
MEAC 1 0 0 1.000 56 0 56
Missouri Valley 1 0 0 1.000 60 0 60
Pioneer Football League 1 1 0 .500 66 54 52
Southern 1 0 0 1.000 52 6 46
Southland 1 0 0 1.000 28 10 18
SWAC 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 24 4 0 .857 853 161 692

Division II conference record[edit]

Conference Win Loss Tie Pct. PF PA Delta
LSC 9 3 1 .731 281 180 101
RMAC 0 1 0 .000 0 6 -6
Totals 9 4 1 .679 281 186 336

Division III conference record[edit]

Conference Win Loss Tie Pct. PF PA Delta
ASC 4 6 0 .400 192 226 -34
SAA 0 1 0 .000 0 38 -38
SCIAC 21 10 1 .672 899 511 238
Totals 25 16 1 88.04% 1103 138 965

Total conference record[edit]

Conference Win Loss Tie Pct. PF PA Delta
Division I FBS 452 396 25 .532 20182 16142 4040
Division I FCS 24 4 0 .857 853 161 692
Division II 9 4 1 .679 359 23 336
Division III 25 16 1 .607 1103 138 965
Totals 510 420 27 .547 22497 16464 6033

Traditions[edit]

  • At the beginning of each school year, freshmen repaint the "A" on "A" Mountain, a Tucson and Wildcat landmark just west of campus.
  • One of the two bells rescued from the USS Arizona after the attack on Pearl Harbor has a permanent home in the clock tower of the Student Union Memorial Center on campus. The bell first arrived on campus in July 1946. The bell is rung seven times on the third Wednesday of every month at 12:07 p.m. to honor the achievements of the UA, as well as after football victories over all schools located outside of Arizona.
  • The University of Arizona marching band, named The Pride of Arizona, played at the halftime of the first Super Bowl. The band plays at most of the university's athletic events.

Logos and uniforms[edit]

Starting in the 2010 season, Arizona wore new uniforms. They are simplified versions of the uniforms worn from 2005–2009, with the addition of a white helmet with a red-white-blue stripe. The team may use any combination of its two helmets, three jerseys and three pants. On September 29, 2012 the Wildcats unveiled a new copper helmet and for the Territorial Cup game later that season, they unveiled an all-red helmet.

On September 20, 2015 the Wildcats unveiled a new "chrome red" helmet which they will wear in their game on September 26, 2015 against the UCLA Bruins.

Gameday[edit]

  • The Wildcat Walk, first done in 2010, is one of Arizona's newest tradition. Before every home game, the team's buses take them from their hotel and drop them off several blocks north of the stadium. The fans and the marching band line Cherry Avenue as the team walks to the stadium.
  • During pre-game warmups, the team performs a haka. Starting in 2012, the team will perform the haka in front of the student section, where students will also do the haka.[78]
  • At the beginnings of the second and fourth quarters, the cheerleaders lead the crowd in a synchronized U of A chant. The east side of the stadium yells "U!", the north and south sides yell "of!" and the west side yells "A!"
  • At the beginning of the second half, for the duration of the kickoff, a large block A banner is unfurled and held up by the center of the Zona Zoo.
  • At the end of the third quarter, the team and many members of the crowd hold up four fingers, signifying the beginning of the fourth quarter.
  • In a similar tradition to other schools' mascots, after every Arizona score, Wilbur the Wildcat does as many pushups as the Wildcats have points while the crowd counts his pushups. However, unlike other mascots, Wilbur does his pushups one-handed.
  • At the end of every home game (and every Arizona athletics event when the band is present) the band plays Arizona's alma mater, "All Hail, Arizona!" Students and fans link arms, sway as they sing and jump up and down while singing the last part of the song.
  • After every home game, fans and the band march to the administration building where the band performs a concert for the gathered fans. At the conclusion of the concert, the bell in the student union clock tower (one of the bells recovered from the USS Arizona) is rung, and the band responds by yelling "Bear Down!"

College Gameday[edit]

Lee Corso has worn the Wildcats head gear.[79]

The Wildcats have appeared on ESPN's College Game Day 32 times since 1993, with 20 bowl appearances. The first ever broadcast of the show took place in State College, Pennsylvania when then Arizona Wildcats traveled to play the Penn State Nittany Lions. Arizona is 0–2 in games played when College GameDay has traveled to Tucson. Arizona has hosted the program 2 times, the most by any Pac-12 school. The Wildcats have a 0–3 record when Gameday is on campus.

Date Location Home Team Away Team Result PF PA
August 28, 1999 State College, Pennsylvania #4 Penn State #3 Arizona L 7 41
November 21, 2009 Tucson, Arizona Arizona #11 Oregon L 2OT 41 44
September 25, 2015 Tucson, Arizona #16 Arizona #9 UCLA L 30 56
Totals 0–3 78 219

ESPN's Sports Center has never broadcast from an Arizona Wildcats games.

Homecoming History[edit]

Arizona is 10-4 (2-0 on teal turf) all-time in homecoming games.

Year Opponent Result
Overall Homecoming Record 0-0

Individual accomplishments and notable players[edit]

Event Year
Conference Champions 1933, 1934, 1941, 1964, 1973, 1993
Undefeated Seasons 1902, 1903, 1908, 1910, 1945
Divisional Champions 2014
Final Top 10 (AP) 1961, 1975, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2014
Final Top 10 (Coaches) 1993, 1994 , 1998, 2014
Bowl Victories* 1986, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Years listed for Bowl victories are seasons for which they occurred.

Individual school records[edit]

See also: Arizona Wildcats football statistical leaders and Arizona Wildcats football yearly statistical leaders

Individual national award winners[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Student-Athlete jerseys are retired but not individual player numbers.[83]

No. Player Pos. Career
4 Darryll Lewis CB 1987-90
5 Antoine Cason CB 2004-07
6 Chuck Cecil S 1985-87
11 Chris McAlister CB 1996-98
22 Art Luppino[84] RB 1953-56
28 Steve McLaughlin[85] K 1991-95
68 Tedy Bruschi LB 1991-95
89 Ricky Hunley LB 1980-83
92 Rob Waldrop DT 1990-93

Wildcats in the NFL[edit]

Wildcats in the NFL Draft[edit]

Wildcats in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 269
First round: 45
NFL achievements
Super Bowl Participants: 69
Super Bowl MVPs 2
Pro Bowl Selections: 76
Pro Bowl Coaches: 1

Arizona has seen 269 players drafted to National Football League teams since 1951.

Year Round Pick in round Overall pick Player Team Position Current Team
2014 4 17 117 Ka'Deem Carey Bears RB Bears
2014 6 36 212 Marquis Flowers Bengals LB Bengals
2012 3 25 88 Nick Foles Eagles QB Chiefs
2012 7 38 245 Trevin Wade Browns DB Giants
2011 2 10 42 Brooks Reed Texans DE Falcons
2010 2 10 42 Rob Gronkowski Patriots TE Patriots
2010 3 17 81 Earl Mitchell Texans DT Dolphins
2007 6 4 178 Nick Folk Cowboys K Jets

Wildcats with Super Bowl victory[edit]

Player (College Years) Position Super Bowl Team
Theo Bell (1972–75) WR 1978 (XIII), 1979 (XIV) Pittsburgh Steelers
Brad Anderson (1981–83) WR 1985(XX) Chicago Bears
Chris McAlister (1996–98) CB 2000 (XXXV) Baltimore Ravens
Tedy Bruschi (1991–95) LB 2001 (XXXVI), 2003 (XXXVIII), 2004 (XXXIX) New England Patriots
Josh Miller (1990–92) P 2004 (XXXIX) New England Patriots
Michael Johnson (2005–06) S 2007 (XLII) New York Giants
Antonio Pierce (1997-00) LB 2007 (XLII) New York Giants
Mike Bell (2002–05) RB 2009 (XLIV) New Orleans Saints
Rob Gronkowski (2007–09) TE 2014 (XLIX) New England Patriots

NFL Pro Bowl MVP award[edit]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of January 20, 2016[86]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
vs Northern Arizona (9/2) vs BYU (9/1) at Hawaii (8/24) vs Hawaii (9/5) vs BYU † (9/2) at San Diego State (9/3) at Hawaii (8/30) at Virginia Tech (8/30)
vs Houston (9/9) at Houston (9/8) Northern Arizona (9/7) Portland State (9/12) vs San Diego State (9/11) vs Mississippi State (9/10) at Mississippi State (9/9) at BYU (9/12) vs BYU (9/11) vs Virginia Tech (9/8)
at UTEP (9/16) vs Texas Tech (9/14) at Texas Tech (9/19) vs UTEP (9/16) at Kansas State (9/14) vs Kansas State (9/13) at Nebraska (9/16) vs Nebraska (9/13)

†In Las Vegas, Nevada[87]

Future Non-division opponents[edit]

Arizona plays six Pac-12 North teams as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the North division among the other six schools. Each season Arizona will "miss" six schools from the Pac-12 North division: either Cal or Stanford and one of the four northwest schools. This scheduling cycle repeats after eight seasons.[88]

Opponent 2017 & 2018 2019 & 2020 2021 & 2022 2023 & 2024
Stanford Miss Miss
California Miss
Oregon State Miss
Oregon
Washington Miss
Washington State Miss
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
at California California at Stanford Stanford at California California
Oregon State at Oregon State Oregon State at Oregon State at Oregon Oregon
at Oregon Oregon at Washington Washington at Washington Washington
Washington State at Washington State at Oregon Oregon Washington State at Washington State

Pac-12 South[edit]

Arizona plays the other five Pac-12 South schools once per season.[citation needed]

Opponent Even Years Odd Years
Arizona State home away
Colorado home away
UCLA away home
USC home away
Utah away home

Facilities[edit]

Arizona Stadium[edit]

Main article: Arizona Stadium

Arizona plays its home games at Arizona Stadium, located on the campus in Tucson, AZ.

Lowell-Stevens Football Facility[edit]

The 187,000 square foot facility houses the football programs weight room, locker room, medical treatment room, players lounge, cafeteria, coaches' offices, auditorium for team meetings, as well as a media room.[89] The facility also offers 4,200 chair seating, as well as 500 premium seating.[90]

See also[edit]

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