Dec 31, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats linebacker Scooby Wright III (33) warms up before the first quarter against the Boise State Broncos in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl at Phoenix Stadium. The Broncos won 38-30. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
The reigning PAC-12 South champion Arizona Wildcats are nearing in on another NCAA football season with high hopes that include National Championship aspirations.
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Just like their inter-state rival, Arizona State, the Arizona Wildcats also seem poised to begin the season as a top-20 team in the nation after showing the country that the Wildcats athletic department is not specifically basketball-centered.
Quarterback Anu Solomon and running back Nick Wilson will both be back on the offensive side of the ball for the Wildcats after terrific freshman years.
Solomon threw for 3,793 yards, 28 touchdowns, and threw just nine interceptions in 2014, while also adding 291 rushing yards and an additional two touchdowns on the ground. Wilson rushed for 1,375 yards (5.8 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns as the main running back last year for Arizona.
Cayleb Jones will also return to the Wildcats on the offensive side of the ball after leading the team in receptions (73), receiving yards (1,019), and touchdowns (9).
Scooby Wright will be back for the Wildcats on defense as well. Wright led the NCAA in combined tackles last year with 163 (nine more than second place), finished fourth in the nation in sacks (14), had 29 tackles for loss, and forced six fumbles in 14 games. Long story short… The guy is an absolute beast.
This article will be the first of three articles in a series in which we will give a quick score prediction of how we believe each of the Arizona Wildcats’ games will go during the upcoming season.
Let’s take a look at the first four games of the season with three non-conference contests leading up to the first PAC-12 game of the year for the Arizona Wildcats…