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*Rob Gronkowski heading into Jr season: 2009: Missed 2009 with back injury…The best tight end in Arizona annals, and earning deserved acclaim as the best in the country, certainly a plausible claim with his brand of athletic big-man talent… 2008: Gronkowski was a third-team AP All-American in 2008 and the first-team All-Pac-10 tight end… Arizona single-game, -season and career records holder for receptions, yards and touchdowns by a tight end… Probably more important in running game… Despite missing first three games of 2008, he finished with 47 receptions for 672 yards and team-high 10 scores - five of those in his first two games back… Twice he earned John Mackey National Tight End of the Week honors - once after career 12-143 game at Oregon that almost helped UA overcome huge deficit… Touchdown to catch ratio of 1:5… Has three career 100-yard games including the UO outing, a 4-115 contest vs. WSU in 2008 and a 5-109 outing vs. WSU in 2008… Three TDs against Washington in '08 are career best… 43-yard grab vs. WSU was season-long… 57-yard grab vs. Cougars as a freshman was his longest…2007: He lived up to his billing and came through with Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and Rivals.com in 2007… Also earned TSN freshman All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-Pac-10 from league coaches… Caught 28 passes for a team-best 18.8 yards per reception, for a then school tight-end record 525 yards… Had six touchdown catches… His 28 grabs are No. 3 in UA history for a tight end behind Mark Keel's 32 in 1980 and his own 47 in '08… Set successive yardage marks of 515 and the 672.
Brooks Reed heading into rSr season: 2010: Reed, a four-year letterman who started 34 games for the Wildcats, finished with a career-best 47 tackles in 2010 including 6.5 sacks among 10 tackles for loss, plus two pass breakups and a forced fumble. He had 114 career tackles at UA and 17 career sacks. He earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors this past year...2009: Started the first three games of the year, had a high-ankle injury at Iowa and missed three games and two starts before starting the final five games... In those eight healthy games he recorded five tackles for loss and two sacks among 23 total hits... Entered year on Hendricks Award and Lombardi Award watch lists after a junior season with 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles...2008: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2008... Led the team in sacks and forced fumbles... Had 9.5 tackles for losses of 50 yards among 37 total hits...2007: Reed worked himself into action in the final nine games of 2007, lettering as a backup end and special teams player... Had seven total tackles... Switched positions after opening 2007 contending for H-back duty...2006: Redshirted.
*Eben Britton heading into rJr season: 2008: Member of the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List, selected by the Football Writers Association...Limited for several fall scrimmages by a groin strain, but used the time to acclimate to the demanding left tackle position after playing on the right side during his first two seasons...With Britton on the left side, the offense relied heavily on him for his stellar blocking...Named one of the team's five captains, the Wildcats generated 2,988 of its 5,231 yards in total offense (57.12 percent) over the left side of the field...On 58 rushing attempts that gained at least 10 yards by a Wildcats runner, 45 of those carries came over the left side of the line...Arizona completed 117 passes for 10 yards or longer, with 76 of those tosses going to the left side of the field (59.83 percent)...Britton quickly adjusted to his new position, registering a school season-record 125 key blocks/ knockdowns with 17 touchdown-resulting blocks (best in the conference) and 12 blocks downfield, leading an offensive charge that saw the Wildcats average 401.25 yards in total offense, 237.25 yards passing and 164.00 yards rushing per game, as their average of 37.08 points scored per game ranks third in the Pac-10 and 16th in the nation during the regular season...His 111 knockdown blocks topped the previous school season-record of 106 by 1998 Morris Trophy winner and All-American offensive guard Yusef Scott...Had at least one touchdown-resulting block in each of 13 contests played...2007: Britton drew attention from his first day in the program onward. The 6-6, 340-pound right tackle earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2007. He's a versatile athlete in a big body (6-6, 310), an academic-honors student, and will be a 24-starts...2006: Arizona's most consistent and best offensive lineman in 2006, Britton has the potential to be one of UA's best ever at the tackle position... 2005: Redshirted in 2005 as a tackle, although he and fellow line mates did make some road trips as emergency options... One of the team's early recruits in the class of 2005.
Jason Bondzio heading into rSr season: 2007: XP 37-38, FG 21-26, 40-49: 8-9, 50+ 0-1, Long 49, 22 TB-71 KO; P 1-41-41, 1 TB, 0 FC, 0 in 20, 0 blocked; Honorable Mention All--Pac 10. Bondzio stepped out of the shadow left by Nick Folk (Dallas Cowboy All-Pro as a rookie in ’07) and got it going. Actually, he missed his first career field goal attempt but then reeled off 14 of his next 16 tries, and showed more distance than expected. He finished No. 11 nationally at 1.75 per game, and narrowly missed a school-record 59 yarder. His 21 makes were No. 3 in UA history behind ’94 Lou Groza winner Steve McLaughlin and legendary Max Zendejas – whose nephew Alex will push Bondzio for action as redshirt freshman. Bondzio’s kickoffs were huge for UA, too, with 22 touchdbacks. 2006: Back-up kicker and travel team regular behind Nick Folk in both 2006 and 2005. 2005: Back-up kicker and travel team regular behind Nick Folk in both 2006 and 2005. 2004: Redshirted the 2004 season.
Nick Foles heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 3/88 - Nick Foles, QB, 6-5, 244, Arizona...With Michael Vick turning 32 in June and in the final guaranteed year of his contract, the Eagles wanted to come out of this draft with a quarterback. They liked both Foles and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson. When Wilson went before their pick, it made the decision easy. - The Sports Xchange
Trevin Wade heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Browns' drafts: Round 7/245 - Trevin Wade, CB, 5-10, 192, Arizona...He can play the nickel and will be used on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
Juron Criner heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Raiders' picks: 5/168 - Juron Criner, WR, 6-2, 220, Arizona State...In his final two seasons with the Wildcats, Criner caught 157 passes for 2,189 yards and 22 touchdowns. Will compete as a possession play-maker alongside Raiders' speedsters. - The Sports Xchange
Mike Thomas heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 10-173-17.3-1; Rec: 83-1038-12.5-11; KR: 26-615-23.7-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Thomas led the Pac-10 in catches (83) and touchdown grabs (11) in 2007. That says a lot. Overall his touches on offense and in the return game added 1,826 all-purpose yards. His per-touch 2007 figure in receiving, rushing and kick returns: 15.3 yards. That should go up as Arizona enters Year Two of the spread. The first-team All-Pac-10 receiver finished No. 17 nationally in catches per game, No. 23 in all-purpose yardage and No. 26 in receiving yards per game. He was tied for 15th with the 11 scoring grabs. He is easily within reach of becoming Arizona's all-time career receptions leader -- passing Dennis Northcutt (223) and Bobby Wade (230) -- and the all-time receiving yards leader. 2006: 12 GP; 10 GS; Rush: 5-40-8-1; Rec: 50-597-11.9-2; PR: 1-(-1)-(-1)-0 KR: 1-31-31-0; Caught 50 passes for 597 yards and two scores in 2006... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors... 2005: 11 GP; 4 GS; Rush: 6-68-11.3-0; Rec: 52-771-14.8-5; Played as a decoy with a cast on his left hand at ASU in 2005 after an injury in the previous game, otherwise would have a 23-game reception streak after opening his true freshman year with catches in 10 games… 2005 Freshman All-America honors (2nd team) by The Sporting News… Earned Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year honors, Arizona's first league offensive player of the year selection in history… Also named conference offensive player of the year from The Sporting News… Thomas set Arizona freshman records and put himself at No. 13 on the Wildcats' single-season chart with 52 catches for 771 yards, five for touchdowns… He had career-high eight catches in games against Stanford and Oregon and pulled down his 52 receptions in 10 contests… Career high of 162 yards (4 receptions) at Oregon State, plus broke the century mark with 104 yards on five grabs vs. UCLA.
Colin Baxter heading into rSr season: 2009: Second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors in 2009 and first-team citation from Phil Steele's publication... Rimington Trophy candidate... 12-game starter and focal point of offensive line that rated 10th nationally in pass protection and second in the Pac-10 with only 11 allowed... Spearheads dirty work for balanced offensive unit that averages more than 400 yards per game ...2008: Honorable mention All-Pac-10... Took over for injured Blake Kerley in the UCLA game at center (where he had been considered a strong 1-A to begin with), moving from his left guard spot...Started first four at guard, last nine at center...2007: Played in opener as backup and won a bigger role, starting final 11 games at left guard... Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America from The Sporting News and third-team honors from CFN.com... Pac-10 All-Freshman by TSN... Also was listed as the backup center...2006: Redshirted.
Nate Ness heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 6 GS; 27 Sol-32 TT, 1 TFL, 5 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FR. 2006: Redshirted in '06 although was a travel squad player at times just in case... Should figure on special teams as well... Enrolled in August 2006. JC: El Camino College, Torrance, Calif., 2006... JC Athletic Bureau and CCCFCA first-team All-America 2005... JC-Gridwire first-team All-American for coach John Featherstone in 2005... Street & Smith's JC Super Soph entering the year... Rivals four-star JC... SuperPrep Juco 100 at No. 14... Mission Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Mission Conference... All-California first-team honors and all Region IV by California Community Colleges Coaches Association in 2005... El Camino was No. 4 in final JC-Gridwire rankings... Made the post-season 2004 JC Grid-Wire All-American team. Started all 11 games as a freshman at El Camino, with 76 tackles, 8 INT, 3 forced fumbles, 1 blocked punt, 3 TD... All-State, 3rd team JC Grid-Wire All-American, team's defensive MVP... Returned two interceptions for scores in a game to earn Mission Conference defensive player of the week award... Had 19 career interceptions, eight for scores, in junior college...Cousin of former USC star defensive back Darnell Bing.
Robert Golden heading into Sr season: 2010: Third on club with 60 tackles at cornerback, 2.5 for loss, with a team-high 12 pass break-ups, an interception... Season high 11 hits against Stanford... Had interception at UCLA to earn coaches' POW citation. 2009: 13-game starter at strong safety after switching to the position from cornerback in spring ball… 41 total tackles with a season-high nine at Iowa… Intercepted two passes and broke up another during the season … Earned coaches' citation for special teams player of the week against Washington. 2008: Saw action in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, but occasionally on defense … Had eight tackles on kickoff coverage, second on that unit… Finished with 12 tackles for the regular season. 2007: Redshirted.
Ricky Elmore heading into rSr season: 2010: Elmore, the Pac-10's leader with 11 sacks and the UA leader with 13 tackles for loss, earned second-team All-Pac-10 Conference honors in 2010. Elmore started 34 games at Arizona in his last three years...2009: Led Pac-10 in sacks during regular season with 10.5, finishing second after bowl season... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 by league coaches and second-team All-Pac-10 honors from Phil Steele publications... Earned his way on to mid-season candidacy list for the Hendricks Award... 13-game starter in 2009 and 22 career starts including the last 16 games... Second among linemen in tackles for linemen with 44...2008: Started the first six games of 2008 at defensive end, and then finished with three starts at the end...2007: Lettered on special teams and in some spot duty in '07...2006: Redshirted.
Earl Mitchell heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2008: 13 GP; 13 GS; 16 Sol-40 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1.5 SK, 1 PBU; Moved to defensive tackle in spring '08 after two years as a tight end and H-back in the program, and the move was effective… Clearly the consistent factor up front for the No. 24-rated Wildcat total defense, leading all linemen with 40 hits… Coaches' citation for defensive player of the week against UCLA and ASU. 2007: 12 GP; 5 GS; Rec: 5-38-7.6-1; KR: 1-8-8-0; Five starts as a tight end or H-back. 2006: 12 GP; 7 GS; Rush: 4-7-1.8-0; Rec: 9-136-15.1-0.
Marquis Flowers heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 6/212 - Marquis Flowers, LB, 6-2, 231, Arizona...Flowers brings speed and plenty of it. Plays well in space but will have a hard time making the 53-man roster. - The Sports Xchange
Willie Tuitama heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 54-(-163)-(-3)-3; Pass: 524-327-62.4-3683-28-12; 1 Sol-1 TT; Tuitama was the Pac-10 leader with 28 touchdown passes and was No. 2 in the league in passing yards per game (306) and total offense (293), and helped Arizona finish No. 10 nationally in passing. Poised to set many Arizona career marks, his 2007 season helped him post a pile of single-game records. He completed 327 of 525 attempts for 3,683 yards, to name three. 2006: 10 GP; 9 GS; Rush: 35-(-166)-(-4.7)-0; Pass: 211-118-55.9-1335-7-6; His 2006 season was abbreviated by hits to the head at LSU, vs. UCLA and ASU, effectively causing him to miss much of five games... Completed 56 percent, throwing for 1,335 yards and seven scores on the year... Career-high 24 completions on career-high 41 attempts against Washington, with 308 yards... Career-long 78-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Johnson at WSU... 2005: 5 GP; 4 GS; Rush: 16-(-35)-(-2.2)-0; Pass: 142-82-57.7-1105-9-5; Clearly one of the top themes in UA football for 2005 was his emergence in the seventh game of the year and his leadership and play the rest of the way...Came out of a planned redshirt year to play in five and start the final four games, providing an immediate team-wide spark... Earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors in that short span from The Sporting News ... Finished with a 58 percent completion rate, hitting 82 of 142 attempts for nine scores and 1,105 yards... His 136.99 pass efficiency rating stacks up as No. 6 in UA history... Was the lone quarterback signee in the class of 2005...Relative of former UA tight end Brandon Manumaleuna of the St. Louis Rams, former USC All-American and All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau of the Miami Dolphins, and former ASU star Junior Ah'You.
D'Aundre Reed heading into rSr season: 2010: Reed played in all 13 games in 2010 starting one...He finished the season with 40 total tackles (32 solo) with 6 tackles for loss and two sacks...2009: Veteran defender with 34 games' experience and seven starts in the past two years... Fifth-year senior and No. 3 DE...Recorded 17 tackles in 2009... Starts against Washington, UCLA and WSU... Sacks vs. WSU and at USC, with a shared one at Corvallis...2008: Solid year in 2008 with career-best 24 tackles and four starts in 13 games... Forced two fumbles in '08...2007: Lettered as a backup defensive end in 2007... Had tackles against WSU and OSU... He and fellow redshirt frosh end Brooks Reed combined for a sack against Washington State, both guys' first career tackle... Among the team's strongest players in terms of leverage and point-of-attack ability...2006: Redshirted.
Shaquille Richardson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 5/157 - Shaquille Richardson, CB, 6-0, 194, Arizona...Many predicted they would draft a corner in first round. It's a big need for them and he will have a chance if he shows anything. Not very fast at 4.5, but good tackler and Ike Taylor is 34. Richardson, drafted in the fifth round, was recruited at UCLA by then-Bruins secondary coach Carnell Lake, who is now the Steelers secondary coach. - The Sports Xchange
Adam Grant heading into rSr season: 2010: Grant earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2010 in helping the Wildcats establish school records with 5,712 yards in total offense and 4,000 yards in passing...2009: Multiple career injuries...Second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009, with 13 starts at right tackle... He was healthy in 2009 and it showed in some hugely consistent play as part of a unit that allowed only 13 sacks...2008: Started the first five games before a hand injury knocked him out as a starter, and then came on to play fill-in duty in two other games down the stretch...2007: Was expected to push for a key role in 2007 and then missed out with a knee injury following his only appearance in the NAU game...2006: Missed his entire redshirt freshman season in 2006 while rehabilitating from knee surgery at the start of the year…2005: Redshirted.
Nic Grigsby heading into Sr season: 2009: Finished eighth in the Pac-10 in rushing (567) in 2009 despite missing three full games and not being fully healthy (shoulder) in a total of six contests... Averaged 7.2 yards per carry as junior... Had 94-yard run against NAU, the school's longest non-scoring run in history and second-longest run in the UA record book...2008: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2008... 2008 total of 13 rushing TDs was the third most in UA single-season history... Had five 100-yard games with season-best 189 yards on 28 totes at WSU... Added 12 receptions for 62 yards...2007: Earned all-league freshman and honorable mention All-America honors from The Sporting News... Second on the team in all-purpose yardage in `07 with 904 yards on 704 rushing yards and 200 catching the ball.
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