Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Football: Cats Look to New Era After 5-6 Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 14, 2000
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Arizona Football Schedule/Results
Date	  Opponent (*-Pac-10)	 Time/Score	Attendance
Sept. 2	  at Utah (ESPN2)	 17-3		41,352
Sept. 9	  #16 Ohio State (FSN)	 17-27		57,367
Sept. 16  San Diego St. (KWBA)	 17-3		44,973	
Sept. 30  *at Stanford (WB/FSNA) 27-3		31,165
Oct. 7	  *at #18 USC (ABC)	 31-15		49,342
Oct. 14$  *Wash. St. (KWBA)  3OT 53-47		50,350
Oct. 21	  *at #7 Oregon (FSN)	 10-14		45,950
Oct. 28   *UCLA (ABC)		 24-27		45,540 
Nov. 4	  *at #8 Wash. (ABC)	 32-35		70,411 
Nov. 11%  *#10 Ore. St. (FSN)	 9-33		44,109
Nov. 24	  *Arizona State (FSN)	 17-30		54,297
(*Pac-10; $Family Weekend; %Homecoming)

Overall Record: 5-6
Home Record: 2-4
Road Record: 3-2
Pac-10 Record: 3-5, tied for fifth place
Best Winning Streak: 4 games
Current Streak: 5 losses

The Season
The Arizona Wildcats finished 5-6 overall and 3-5 for a fifth-place tie in the Pacific-10 Conference standings. Dick Tomey, Arizona's head coach since 1987, resigned in late November after 14 seasons on the job. Tomey led Arizona to nine winning seasons and seven bowl games during his tenure, along with the Wildcats' two best historical records of 12-1 in 1997 and 10-2 in 1993.

The Cats opened with a road victory at Utah and after a narrow loss at home to Ohio State won four consecutive games to move to 5-1 and a No. 20 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No. 21 by Associated Press. The Cats' schedule proved to include all the league-title contenders in the second half, and each proved it in succession, as UA suffered three losses by a combined 10 points and then were beaten soundly by Oregon State. A victory over Arizona State would have put the Wildcats in a bowl, but the Devils played better in the second half and gave Arizona its first losing season in four years.

The Coach
Dick Tomey (DePauw '64) completed his 14th year at Arizona (95-64-4) and 24th overall (158-110-7). He is the coaching victories leader at both Arizona and Hawai'i, where he served 10 years as head coach from 1977-1986.

The New Coach
John Mackovic halted a three-year hiatus as a college football analyst for ESPN to return to the coaching ranks and accept the Arizona position on Dec. 4. Mackovic has turned programs around at Wake Forest, Kansas City of the National Football League, Illinois and Texas during his 20-year head coaching tenure. Mackovic becomes Arizona's 26th head coach and returns to the school where he served as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for Jim Young from 1973 to 1976. He was named National Coach of the Year at Wake Forest in 1979. Mackovic will call Arizona's plays and his teams have had a reputation for offensive firepower.

2000 Pacific-10 Conference Standings
Team		Pac-10	Overall	Bowl
Washington	7-1	10-1	Rose Bowl vs. 8-3 Purdue
Oregon State	7-1	10-1	Fiesta Bowl vs. 9-2 Notre Dame
Oregon		7-1	9-2	Holiday Bowl vs. 9-2 Texas
Stanford	4-4	5-6	--
UCLA		3-5	6-5	Sun Bowl vs. 8-4 Wisconsin
Arizona State	3-5	6-5	Aloha Bowl vs. 6-5 Boston College
Arizona		3-5	5-6	--
USC		2-6	5-7	--
WSU		2-6	4-7	--
California	2-6	3-8	--

*Longest winning streak - Washington (7) *Longest losing streak - Stanford (6) *Highest national ranking - Washington (4, final regular season poll) *Washington, Oregon State (5) and Oregon (8) each finished in the Top 10 in the AP poll. *The Pac-10 finished 22-8 in non-conference games, including Arizona's 2-1 mark. *In 40 Conference games, home teams had a losing record at 19-21. *In 40 Conference games, 22 contests were decided by seven or fewer points (4 for UA).

Coach Dick Tomey
Tomey, 62, a member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees and the NCAA Football Rules Committee, completed his 14th and final season at UA in 2000 as the all-time victories leader in school history. He also has the same distinction at Hawai'i. He was a feature of Arizona football while 27 counterparts were head coaches at the other nine Pac-10 schools. He is the only coach in school history to win a Provost's Award for outstanding accomplishments in teaching. Tomey's leadership and recruiting ability helped Arizona football reach a level of excellence unparalleled in school history. He completed the Arizona segment of his head coaching career No. 9 among active Division I-A coaches in career victories. Tomey is one of only three coaches to be the all-time victories leader at two schools, joining Bear Bryant (Kentucky/Alabama) and George Welsh (Navy/Virginia). Winningest Pac-10 Coaches By Conference Victories:

1. Terry Donahue, UCLA (1976-95)		98-51-5
2. Don James, Washington (1975-92)		97-38-2
3. John McKay, USC (1960-75			70-17-3
4. Howard Jones, USC (1925-40)			65-23-12
5. O.E. Hollingberry, WSU (1926-42)		64-43-10
6. John Robinson, USC (1976-82, 93-97)		63-23-3
7. Larry Smith, Arizona (1980-86; USC 87-92)	63-34-4
8. Dick Tomey, Arizona (1987-)			60-49-4

Dick Tomey's Career Resume

  • Head Football Coaching Experience: 24 years, 1977-2000
    *15 winning seasons, three .500 years
  • Coaching Experience: 37 years
    *Assistant Experience under Homer Smith, Pepper Rodgers, Dick Vermeil, Terry Donahue
  • Overall Coaching Record: 158-110-7
    *No. 9 in career victories by active NCAA Division 1-A coaches
    *Sent five assistants to NCAA head jobs
    *Sent seven assistants to NFL jobs
    *Sent 24 graduate assistants to fulltime Division 1-A, 1-AA or junior college positions
  • Pacific-10 Conference Record: 60-49-4
    *No. 8 on all-time Pac-10 conference coaching victories chart
    *Conference co-championship 1993
    *Ten upper-division Pac-10 finishes
    *One of four coaches to win 12 games in a season in 85 years of Pac-10 football
    *Pac-10 Coach of the Year, 1992
    *Pacific-10 Conference total offensive seam season record, 1999
    *43 first-team All-Pac-10 player honors
  • Record as Head Coach at Hawai'i: 33-24-2, 10 years
    *Took team into Division 1-A
    *Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, 1981
    *Winningest all-time Hawai'i coach
  • Record as Head Coach at Arizona: 95-64-4, 14 years
    *Nine winning seasons, two .500 seasons
    *Second-winningest Pac-10 program of the 1990s
    *Winningest all-time Arizona coach
    *1998 Provost Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Teaching
    --NCAA Graduation Rate of 67 percent in latest report, best in Pac-10, 10th in nation
    *Arizona's two best seasons -- 10-2 in 1993 and 12-1 in 1998
    *Seven Bowl Games, four bowl victories
    --1994 Fiesta Bowl victory over Miami, 29-0
    --1998 Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska, 23-20
    *Arizona's highest national final ranking (No. 4 in 1998)
    *AFCA Western Regional Coach of the Year 1982
    *Eight Major National Player Awards
    --Outland Trophy
    --Jim Thorpe Award
    --Bronco Nagurski Award
    --Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Player of the Year
    --Lou Groza Award
    --UPI Lineman of the Year Award
    --National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award
    --NCAA Top Six Award
    *20 All-America players
    *Four Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors
    *Five Pac-10 Morris Trophy winners
  • AFCA Board of Trustees 1996-2000
    *AFCA Hall of Fame Committee
  • NCAA Football Rules Committee 1998-2000
  • DePauw University Hall of Fame, 1994
  • Coaching assignments experience: Offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, secondary coach, running backs coach, freshman coach

    Arizona Captains
    Team members elected players to represent offense, defense and special teams as 2000 Arizona football captains. Defensive end Joe Tafoya, a senior from Pittsburg, Calif., quarterback Ortege Jenkins, a senior from Long Beach, Calif., and outside linebacker/kicking teams player Adrian Koch of Tucson, Ariz., were selected by their teammates late in October.

    Adieu to UA Senior Class
    Fifteen Arizona seniors concluded their careers at Arizona Stadium against the Sun Devils Nov. 24. Eleven of the group are starters. The group has started a combined 72 games this year and finished 2000 with a 30-18 record over the past four years. Senior captains are DE Joe Tafoya, LB Adrian Koch and QB Ortege Jenkins. The rest of the class: WR Brad Brennan, LS Nate Campbell, OG David Floyd, RT Makai Freitas, DE Idris Haroon, TE Brandon Manumaleuna, LT Marques McFadden, LB Antonio Pierce, C Bruce Wiggins and LB Trevor Wilde. Also, TB Leon Callen, who did not play this year but continued his academic coursework, has exhausted his eligibility as did DE Mike Robertson.

    2000 Team Award Winners
    Senior defensive end Joe Tafoya was selected by teammates for the Damon Terrell Most Valuable Player award at the team's annual Football Awards Banquet Dec. 3. Tafoya, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection from Pittsburg, Calif., led the team with 18 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also knocked down four passes, recovered a fumble and forced two others. Late in the season he was selected one of the team's captains, representing the defense. He and the other captains -- senior quarterback Ortege Jenkins of Long Beach, Calif., and senior linebacker/special teams player Adrian Koch of Tucson -- each were cited by coaches at the banquet. Senior offensive lineman Marques McFadden of Meridian, Idaho, received the team's Bronco Nagurski Award for the player contributing at various positions or on both sides of the ball. McFadden started at right tackle initially, then because of season-ending injuries to several teammates also had starts at left guard and left tackle during the year. He also was prepared to play center. Sophomore quarterback Jason Johnson of Puyallup, Wash., and senior offensive lineman David Floyd of Peoria, Ariz., were named the team's top scholastic achievers, winning the Undergraduate Scholarship and Jim Ewing Awards, respectively. Floyd also earned the team's Offensive Scout of the Year Award for superb practice duty. The defensive Scout of the Year honor went to freshman end Fata Avegalio of Pago Pago, American Samoa. Senior defensive end Idris Haroon and senior center Bruce Wiggins, both of Houston, were named winners of the Martin Gentry Scholarship Award to the team's senior linemen who exhibited top play and exemplified outstanding work ethics and leadership. Sophomore defensive back David Laudermilk of Moreno Valley, Calif., won the Ball Hawk Award for helping offensive backs and receivers stress ball security by attempting to cause the most fumbles during drills.

    2000 Injury Wrap-up
    Injuries to offensive guard Steven Grace (missed 10 games), offensive tackle Makoa Freitas (missed eight games) and center Bruce Wiggins (missed five games) had a critical effect on UA's 2000 offensive scheme, although replacements did admirable jobs filling in. (Notable there was true freshman Reggie Sampay, who started five games at center and played three at guard, but also missed a start late in the year and was hobbled weekly with ankle sprains.) Freitas (foot) had surgery Oct. 12 after playing in three games. Grace, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 1999, missed the first game with a shoulder injury, aggravated it in a brief appearance against Ohio State and had surgery Oct. 3. He should have his year of eligibility restored, with a medical hardship appeal. Backup DE Austin Uku (shoulder), played in only three games. KOR Gary Love (broken foot at UW) missed the last two games. Starting FS Jarvie Worcester (shoulder at UW) missed the OSU game. Missed starts because of injury: 20 - LG Grace (3), WR Brad Brennan (3), C Wiggins (5), OT Makoa Freitas (3), WR Bobby Wade (1), OT Marques McFadden (1), DE Idris Haroon (1), TB Clarence Farmer (1), Worcester (1), Sampay (1). A number of players had postseason medical procedures including SS Brandon Nash (knee), TE Tyrone Brown (thumb), QB Kyle Slager (finger), and several others were being evaluated - TE Peter Hansen (knee), TB Leo Mills (shoulder), OT Darren Safranek (shoulder), DT Ben Alualu (knee) and WR Bobby Wade (shoulder). Most should be available for spring practice.

    All-Pacific-10 Conference Wildcats
    Arizona sophomore inside linebacker Lance Briggs (113 tackles, 2 interceptions) and sophomore return specialist Bobby Wade (10.1 punt return average, 22.0 KOR) earned first-team All-Pac-10 playing honors in 2000. Second-team selections were senior defensive end Joe Tafoya (18 TFL, 6 sacks), redshirt freshman cornerback Michael Jolivette (5 interceptions, 19 total passes defensed), senior offensive lineman Marques McFadden (starts at three positions) and special teams player Peter Hansen (2 blocked kicks). Also receiving votes and honorable mention were junior DT Keoni Fraser, senior DE Idris Haroon, senior QB Ortege Jenkins, sophomore PK Sean Keel, senior TE Brandon Manumaleuna, senior ILB Antonio Pierce, senior C Bruce Wiggins and Bobby Wade at WR. Tight end/H-Back Eli Wnek, a family studies junior with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average, and strong safety Brandon Nash, a media arts sophomore with a 3.13 GPA, earned first-team Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team honors. Junior wide receiver Malosi Leonard and sophomore free safety Jarvie Worcester earned honorable mention all-academic citations.

    All-America Honors
    Three freshman Wildcats earned All-America honors. True freshman running back Clarence Farmer and redshirt freshman cornerback Michael Jolivette earned first-team Freshman All-America from The Sporting News. Earning third-team honors was true freshman center/guard Reggie Sampay. Farmer and Sampay also were named to the True Freshman All-America team by

    Individual All-Star Bowl Appearances
    Several Arizona senior players have been invited to play in postseason all-star games. The include Makai Freitas, offensive lineman, Hula Bowl; Bruce Wiggins, center, East-West Shrine Bowl; Marques McFadden, Rotary Gridiron Classic; Joe Tafoya, defensive end, East-West Shrine; and Ortege Jenkins, quarterback, Rotary Gridiron Classic.

    Close Games
    Arizona lost to Ohio State by 10 points and to Oregon, UCLA and Washington by a combined 10 points. The Cats lost to Arizona State by 13 points. The Oregon State loss by 22 points was the mold breaker in an otherwise closely played season. Arizona's victories came by margins of 14, 14, 24, 16 and 6 points, in order. Aside from the OSU game, the Cats had fourth-quarter chances to win in all other contests. The season scoring total: Arizona 254, Opponents 237.

    Pacific-10 Conference Players of the Week
    Joe Tafoya - (Sept. 2) - Senior defensive end Joe Tafoya played with a sore shoulder this year, and ignored it. He was the team leader in sacks (6) and tackles for loss (18). He had three sacks and a tackle for loss among five hits against OSU. At Oregon he had eight hits including one for a loss and knocked down two passes. At Utah he had two sacks and two tackles for losses among eight hits, plus knocked down a pass on 4th-and-goal at the 2 yard-line. He had two scoring plays - jarring hits on sacks which caused fumbles that Arizona recovered for scoop-and-score returns of 10 yards (Adrian Koch at Utah) and 32 yards (Idris Haroon at Stanford). In 11 games he had 54 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and four passes batted away. The Utah work earned him Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors for Sept. 5.
    Idris Haroon - (Sept. 30) - Senior defensive end Idris Haroon helped UA beat Stanford. He returned a fumble 32 yards for a score and had a sack and two other tackles as UA limited the Cardinal to three points and 68 yards rushing. Later, he helped hold USC to 15 points and 10 yards rushing with four tackles, including one sack that caused a fumble he recovered on the USC 19 yard-line to set up Arizona's final touchdown. He was second on the team with four sacks, recovered two fumbles and forced two in 2000.
    Michael Jolivette - (Oct. 7) - Redshirt freshman cornerback Michael Jolivette learned on the job and did a fine job of taking over UA's field cornerback spot in his first year of play. He finished 19th nationally and first in the Pac-10 with five interceptions despite missing most of the Oregon game and bits of the UCLA game after getting hit in the mouth by the top of a helmet at Eugene. The entire team had five interceptions in 1999 and the defense had 16 this season. He had a jarring sack on a blitz to cause a fumble that Alex Luna picked up and raced 17 yards for a score against WSU. This was a week after he was named Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his two interceptions at USC. Arizona's outlook in the secondary looks promising with none of the rotation players a senior.
    Gary Love - (Oct. 14) - Sophomore wide receiver Gary Love was one of the Cats' key special teams players as a kickoff return threat and a coverage man on punts. He averaged 21.2 yards on 15 kickoff returns and was consistent enough to make the mark with a long return of only 37 yards. His speed and potential to break the big one were evident. He had five tackles in kick coverage. The Pac-10 recognized his value to a team in naming him conference Special Teams Player of the Week after he totaled 126 yards on six returns and notched two tackles on kick coverage in UA's overtime victory over Washington State.

    Ortege Jenkins Era Over
    Quarterback Ortege Jenkins' four-year career at Arizona came to a close against Arizona State. Based on some previous work, he oddly had a strange season that could largely be traced to the raw and inexperienced offensive line the Cats used after some injuries. He had some games like 6-17 throwing (66 yards) against Oregon State and some like a 206-yard passing and 45-yards running day at Seattle where he led Arizona to 471 offensive yards against No. 8 Washington. He moved into the No. 5 spot on Arizona's all-time career total offense chart during the season. Against UCLA he ran for a career-high 104 yards, but suffered four interceptions. The 2000 season was his first as the sole proprietor of the QB position. At Oregon he completed five passes for 52 yards on a 90-yard field in the final drive alone to help UA move within striking distance of the potential winning score. Against WSU he threw for three scores and ran for another and finished with 236 passing yards and 61 rushing yards. Against SDSU he completed 19 passes for 200 yards and a TD - the third-most completions in his career. He was one of 23 senior QB candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Jenkins was a 1997 Pac-10 freshman record holder (19 TD throws), a 1998 big-play icon (somersault TD at Washington) and a 1999 thrower with 61 percent accuracy and a 144.72 efficiency rating. His 2000 season saw his completion percentage drop to 47 percent and his efficiency rating to 102.32. Jenkins' 5,577 career total offense yardage and his 5,107 career passing yards are both No. 5 on the UA charts. He had 42 career touchdown passes, No. 4 on the UA chart and four short of the UA record set by Tom Tunnicliffe 17 years ago in 1983. He added some unfortunate first-time stats this year - two tackles, which each came after a pair of the 12 interceptions he suffered in 2000. He entered the year with 15 picks in 516 career attempts, then had the 12 interceptions in 261 attempts this time around.

    Football Graduation Rate Tops Pac-10
    The NCAA's November graduation report showed that the University of Arizona football team's graduation rate ratio led the Pac-10 and was 10th nationally. The ratio - the difference between the institution's student body graduation rate and the football team's rate - was 15 percent for UA, better by five percent than the nearest school in the league. UA graduated 67 percent of its athletes in the study, which covered students who entered institutions for the first time in 1993-94. Arizona and Hawai'i (26 percent) were the only schools west of Texas in the Top 10 nationally.

    Sophomore inside linebacker Lance Briggs has 58 tackles in the last five games (11 at Washington, 13 vs. UCLA, 12 at Oregon, 10 vs. OSU, 12 vs. ASU). With 113 tackles, he finished second in the league and averaged 10 tackles per game. He knocked down seven passes, second highest on the team. His move from true freshman fullback to a natural linebacker spot was the right move. He intercepted a pass at Southern California and had another pick against SDSU, tacking on a 17-yard return. He finished with 11 tackles for loss, second on the club. He opened the year strong at Utah with a game-high 16 tackles including one for a loss. He deserved first-team All-Pac-10 honors, and received them.

    Bobby Didn't Wade
    Sophomore wide receiver Bobby Wade caught 45 passes for 626 yards and three scores. He returned 26 punts for a 10.1 average and one score of 60 yards (at UW). He rushed eight times for 27 yards. He returned three kickoffs for 66 yards. His all-purpose skills earned him first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a return specialist. His two-year figures are 75 receptions for 1,080 yards and seven TDs. He's 23 catches from UA's all-time Top 10 list. He had a season-high eight receptions against ASU and a season-high 112 yards on six grabs at UW. Both are career highs. He gives Arizona one of its best options in the open field. He had scoring plays of 60, 75 and 14 yards on receptions.

    Young Secondary Picked Up the Pace
    Arizona's secondary had 11 of the team's 16 interceptions and broke up 63 other passes broken up. Redshirt freshman field corner Michael Jolivette led the way with five. Junior cornerback Jermaine Chatman was next with three, followed by sophomore strong safety Brandon Nash with two. The initial starter opposite Jolivette, David Hinton, had the other interception among defensive backs. Nash was a steadying force in the secondary as a third-year player who redshirted last year following a shift from wide receiver. He broke up seven passes and notched three sacks, plus blocked a punt. Only sophomore free safety Jarvie Worcester had starting experience prior to the year (seven starts in 1999), and the backfield did a fairly good job considering that UA's run defense often prompted teams to throw. Junior letterman Anthony Banks had some 1999 snaps at corner, and had good outings filling in at cornerback for injured players in second halves at Oregon and Washington. He had his first career start vs. Oregon State, as did redshirt freshman safety Clay Hardt (filling in for injured Worcester). SS Zaharius Johnson, a junior, saw plenty of special teams' action as well as rotation duty. The unit finished third in the league and 32nd nationally in pass efficiency defense.

    Tailbacks Were Capable
    Arizona used a trio of tailbacks in 2000 and the position finished with 1,508 yards on 316 carries for a 4.8 yard average and 10 touchdowns. True freshman Clarence Farmer earned freshman All-America honors with his 666 net yards and 4.8 average, plus led runners with five touchdowns. He had three 100-yard rushing games (Stanford, USC and UCLA) and became the UA's all-time freshman leader with the 666 yards and 66.6 per-game figures. He and Ontiwaun Carter (1991) are the only true freshmen to have three 100-yard games in a UA season. Farmer had an 80-yard TD run against USC, his longest of the year. Close behind Farmer and the team leader with a 5.1 yard average was sophomore Leo Mills, who finished with 585 yards and four scores. He had the most productive single day of the season in his first career start, with 185 yards on 29 carries at Washington, with two touchdowns, plus caught a pass in that game for 34 yards. One of his TD runs covered 51 yards and gave Arizona a 32-28 fourth-quarter lead that looked like it might hold up. He also returned two kickoffs for 63 yards and had a nifty 34-yard catch-run to give him 282 all-purpose yards, No. 9 on UA's all-time single-game chart. His 28.2-yard average on four kickoff returns led the club. Farmer and Mills shared duties with soph Larry Croom, the leader in the backfield with eight pass receptions for 78 yards. Croom scored UA's lone touchdown against Oregon on a 58-yard pass play. He returned four kickoffs for 61 yards. True freshman Anthony Fulcher saw his first action at Stanford, playing on kickoff units and rushing twice and played the rest of the year on kicking units, recording three tackles.

    Even Keel
    Sophomore Sean Keel helped UA boost its placekicking fortunes. The soph connected on 13 of 17 field goal attempts to rank 26th nationally and third in the league. The percentage (76%) made an impact after the Cats were 6-19 in 1999. Keel had a 5-for-8 effort that year and carries a career .720 accuracy mark into the 2001 season. He was nine for 10 inside 40 yards and made four of five kicks in the 40s range in 2000. The consistency was a boon to UA's red-zone scoring efforts as he booted nine FGs in such situations. The longest kick of his career came on his first try of the year at Utah, knocking a 44-yarder home. He had misses of 52, 51, 45, and 36 yards. The 51-yard try was blocked on the last play of the game in a three-point loss at Washington. He made 25 of 26 extra-point kicks, with the lone miss also blocked at Washington.

    Blocking It
    Arizona again illustrated emphasis on kick blocking in 2000 and came up with five. The leader - again - was erstwhile tight end Peter Hansen, who added two PAT blocks to give him seven career blocked kicks. Hansen stopped points-after at Utah and at Southern California, and his work earned him second-team All-Pac-10 special teams player honors. Linebacker Adrian Koch blocked a punt at Oregon, linebacker Antonio Pierce blotted out a USC PAT try. Strong safety Brandon Nash got his second career blocked punt against San Diego State, a play that culminated in Andrae Thurman's 34-yard return for a score. Hansen is 6-foot-8, has a good reach and has a recorded a 39-inch vertical leap. In 1999 he had three of the six kicks Arizona blocked, then went and lettered on Arizona's basketball team. The Cats had 14 blocks in 1998-99 and appear to be in tune for the new millennium. Arizona has 42 blocks in the past 11 years.

    Turnovers Went UA's Way
    Arizona was among national leaders (13th ) in turnover ratio with a .91 per-game margin. UA is second nationally with 33 total turnovers gained, third in the country with 17 fumble recoveries, and 14th with 16 interceptions. Physical ball-jarring play was a heavy off-season emphasis. The turnover business, at +10, was a welcome feature of 2000 Wildcat football. UA recovered 17 of opponents' 22 fumbles. If it was in the air, the Arizona secondary showed it could breaks on the ball well.

    Wiggins and the Mix-Match Offensive Line
    Senior center Bruce Wiggins started 31 games in his career as a Wildcat center, plus played in seven games as a reserve in his redshirt freshman year. He missed action in five games because of an ankle injury in 2000, then returned to action at Washington. Wiggins had started 28 consecutive games before the misses. Arizona's offensive production during his tenure was superlative and he consistently graded well in the trenches. UA used a new offensive line in its first five league games and the newcomers helped. True freshman center Reggie Sampay started for Wiggins, Darren Safranek started for Makoa Freitas (out for the year), Aaron Higginbotham started two games for Grace before he got the flu and right tackle Marques McFadden started for him, and Makai Freitas started for McFadden at right tackle. Right guard Kevin Barry was a constant. McFadden moved to left tackle at Washington, while Sampay played left guard. Higginbotham started at LG against OSU because of Sampay's sore ankles. It was a mix-and-match season which should help next year when Wiggins and McFadden are gone and a new coaching staff works with at least some improved experience. Arizona's line (and blocking backs) allowed 41 sacks, ninth in the league. Three teams spoiled the protection in a big way, with Ohio State, Oregon and Arizona State each recording eight sacks against the Cats.

    Stopping the Run
    Arizona ranked 8th nationally in rushing defense, a philosophical emphasis under Dick Tomey throughout his 14 seasons at UA. Four three teams managed to rush for more than 100 yards against the Cats, and they had to work at it - Ohio State with 101 (40 carries), Washington State with 112 (34 carries), Oregon with 137 (45 carries) and Washington with 211 (30 carries). That was well over half the season total (973) for opponents, and was a 3.7 average. League leader Ken Simonton of Oregon State managed 73 net yards, but did shake loose for a critical late running score. UCLA managed 54 net yards and UA held DeShaun Foster to 78 net yards and 2.7 per tote (29 carries). UA held USC to 10 net rushing yards. The Cats held Stanford to 68 net yards. The team leaders in tackles for loss were guys up front - DE Joe Tafoya (18) and DT Anthony Thomas (11), while DT Keoni Fraser added 10. UA had about 15 tackles from defensive linemen in games, including a season-best 23 tackles at Oregon. The Cats had 19 tackles from its defensive linemen against San Diego State. Tafoya, Thomas, Fraser, and DE Idris Haroon started most of the year. DT Ben Alualu and DE Alex Luna had fill-in starts, while DT Young Thompson and DE Johnny Jackson also saw action. Until the Washington game UA had allowed only four rushing TDs all year but the Huskies (4), OSU (2) and ASU (2) combined for eight to make it 12 for the season.

    Bagging It
    UA had 38 quarterback sacks for the season to rank second in the Pac-10 behind leader California with 44. The Cats mixed it up with 19 different players reaching the quarterback. The season high was in the opener, with six at Utah, and UA had five at USC and against Oregon State.. The Cats notched three against an Oregon offense which had allowed only five in the previous six games. Three of the 2000 sacks led directly to scores - fumble-jarring hits and scoop-and-score plays by Joe Tafoya/Adrian Koch at Utah, Joe Tafoya/Idris Haroon at Stanford and Michael Jolivette/Alex Luna against Washington State. Joining team leaders Tafoya (6) and Haroon (4) with sacks were DE Alex Luna (3.5), SS Brandon Nash (3), CB Jermaine Chatman (3), LB Antonio Pierce (3), OLB Joe Siofele (2), LB Adrian Koch (2), DT Keoni Fraser (2), DT Anthony Thomas (1.5), LB Trevor Wilde, DE Austin Uku, DT Young Thompson, CB Michael Jolivette, CB Anthony Banks, LB Lance Briggs, SS Zaharius Johnson and DL Tony Thompson/Johnny Jackson (0.5).

    Brennan Does It Again
    Senior wide receiver Brad Brennan led the team in yards per catch for the third consecutive season, this time with a 19.9 average on 15 grabs. He led with 18.4 and 20.9 figures in 1999 and 1998, respectively. His career averaged was 18.7 yards, with 71 receptions for 1,332 yards and 12 touchdowns. He missed the first three games with a sore back, then returned to snag a touchdown catch on his first play of action in the Stanford game.

    Red Zone Offense and Defense:
    The Cats did a fair job of scoring on red zone penetrations, with a 73 percent scoring rate on 33 trips. That rated ninth in the league. In red zone defense the team was more effective, rating second in the league with a 67 percent effectiveness. The Cats were 5-for-5, all touchdowns, against Washington State, including three crucial OT plays. (WSU was 3-4).

    Arizona in the Red Zone:	33 trips, 17 TD, 9 FG=  79% scoring, 52% TD 	1st-and-Goal: 13 (10 TD, 2 FG)		
    Opponents in the Zone:		39 trips, 17 TD, 9 FG=  67% scoring, 44% TD 	1st-and-Goal: 15 (9 TD, 4 FG)		

    Keeping Points Off the Board
    Arizona was ranked in the Top 25 for the first half of the season in scoring defense but contests against WSU, Washington, Oregon State and ASU hurt. Three early opponents had only three points each. The Cats allowed only 12 rushing touchdowns by six teams. The defense gave up 13 scoring passes (6 by WSU, 2 by Ohio State and Oregon, 1 by USC/UCLA/OSU) and 17 field goals. Arizona's offense allowed six points on an interception return. Opponents had 15 1st-and-goal opportunities and posted 75 of a potential 105 points on those goal-line possessions.

    Sudden-Change Possessions:
    Arizona handled sudden change better than opponents, with 86 points to 46 after miscues. The final game showed how critical it can be - UA gave up field goals after an interception and fumble, and gave up a TD when it fumbled in its own endzone. That was 13 turnover points in a 13-point loss. Arizona was on the short end of turnover margin in three games - a victory over San Diego State and losses to Washington and Arizona State. Turnovers: Arizona 23, Opponents 33
    Miscue points: Arizona 86, Opponents 59
    (Includes turnover-, blocked/botched kicks-possessions, safeties)

    Arizona in the National Statistical Rankings 		
    Turnovers Gained (33)		5th NCAA	2nd Pac-10	10 players recovered fumbles, eight had interceptions
    Fumble Recoveries (17)		5TH NCAA	3rd Pac-10	Keoni Fraser - five recoveries
    Rushing Defense (88.5)		8th NCAA	1st Pac-10	Joe Tafoya had 18 tackles for losses
    Turnover Margin (.91)		13th NCAA	3rd Pac-10	Arizona was 5-2 in games that it had fewer turnovers
    Kickoff Returns (21.91)		18th NCAA	2nd Pac-10	Consistency here; team's longest was 41 yards
    Michael Jolivette -INT (.45)	19th NCAA	1st Pac-10	Jolivette had two picks against Southern California
    Total Defense (317.45)		21st NCAA	2nd Pac-10	UA gave itself a chance with strength here
    Interceptions (16)		22nd NCAA	3rd Pac-10	UA intercepted a pass in all but one game (ASU) 
    Sean Keel -FG (1.18)		26th NCAA	3rd Pac-10	Keel hit 13 of 17, remarkable turnaround from UA's 6-19 FGs in 1999 
    Punt Returns (12.0)		27th NCAA	1st Pac-10	Bobby Wade broke one off for 60 yards and a score
    Pass Eff. Defense (108.37)	32nd NCAA	3rd Pac-10	The INT total helped here
    Scoring Defense (21.5)		40th NCAA	3rd Pac-10	Kept UA in close games in four losses (20 total points therein)
    Attendance (49,439)		38th NCAA	5th Pac-10

    Arizona Game-by-Game Starters Offense WR LT LG C RG RT TE QB TB RB/TE/WR WR/H-Back PK at Utah Leonard Makoa Freitas Higg. Wiggins Barry McFadden Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Hugo-TE Wnek-H Keel Ohio St Marshall Makoa Freitas Grace Wiggins Barry McFadden Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Thurman-W Wade-W Keel SDSU Leonard Makoa Freitas Higg. Wiggins Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Marshall-W Wnek-H Keel At Stan Leonard Safranek McF. Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Croom Farmer-RB Wnek-H Keel At USC Leonard Safranek McF. Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Farmer Brennan-W Wade-W Keel Vs. WSU Leonard Safranek McF. Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Farmer Brennan-W Wade-W Keel At Ore Leonard Safranek McF. Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Hugo Jenkins Farmer Wade-WR Wnek-HB Keel UCLA Brennan Safranek McF. Sampay Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Farmer Hugo-TE Wade-W Keel At UW Brennan McFadden Samp. Wiggins Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Mills Wade-W Detwiler-H Keel Ore St. Leonard McFadden Higg. Wiggins Barry Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Mills Wade-W Relford-W Keel ASU Brennan McFadden Samp. Wiggins Safra. Mi. Freitas Manumaleuna Jenkins Farmer Hugo-TE Wade-W Keel

    Defense DE DT DT DE OLB ILB ILB CB SS FS CB Punt at Utah Tafoya Fraser Thompson Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic Ohio St Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic SDSU Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At Stan Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At USC Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Hinton Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic Vs. WSU Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Chatman Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At Ore Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Chatman Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic UCLA Tafoya Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Chatman Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic At UW Tafoya Fraser Alualu Luna Koch Briggs Pierce Chatman Nash Worcester Jolivette Palic Ore St. Tafoya Fraser Thomas Luna Koch Briggs Pierce Banks Nash Hardt Jolivette Palic ASU Luna Fraser Thomas Haroon Koch Briggs Pierce Chatman Nash Hardt Jolivette Palic

    Offensive/Defensive Game-by-Game Team Totals Game Rushing Passing Total Opp Rush Opp Pass Opp Total TO's/Opp TO's Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG Att-Yds-TD PC-PA-Yd-Int-TD Plays-Yd-TD-FG At Utah 39-135-1 3-15-11-0-0 54-146-1*-1 39-60-0 21-51-310-2-0 90-370-0-1 0/5 Ohio State 39-57-1 11-23-137-0-1 62-194-2-0 40-101-1 12-20-240-1-2 60-341-3-1 1/3 San Diego St. 36-185-0 19-31-200-1-1 67-385-2**-1 37-72-0 15-29-1-0 66-196-0-1 4/1 At Stanford 46-192-1 12-23-198-1-1 69-390-3*-2 30-68-0 14-32-2-0 68-245-0-1 3/6 At USC 44-117-3 7-13-136-1-1 57-253-4-1 27-10-1 26-50-321-3-1 77-331-2-0 2/5 Vs. WSU 57-254-4 15-31-236-2-3 88-490-7*-0 34-112-0 19-36-348-2-6 71-490-6%-0 2/5 At Oregon 32-17-0 15-32-200-1-1 64-217-1-1 45-137-0 9-22-123-1-2 67-260-2-0 2/1 Vs. UCLA 45-211-2 7-18-105-0-4 63-316-2%-1 39-54-1 19-35-230-2-1 74-284-3-2 4/2 At Washington 51-263-3 13-34-208-0-0 85-471-4$-2 30-211-4 17-34-196-1-0 64-407-4-2 1/4 Vs. Ore. State 31-69-0 9-22-89-1-0 53-158-0-3 41-73-2 17-31-231-1-1 72-304-3-4 1/1 Vs. ASU 50-195-1 16-31-176-1-1 81-371-2-1 31-75-2 15-35-189-0-0 66-264-*2-3 1/0 (*-plus one fum ret TD; **-plus one blocked punt return TD; %-plus one INT return TD; $-plus one punt return TD)

    Arizona 2000 Final Football Notes

  • Junior defensive tackle Keoni Fraser tied a 27-year-old record by recovering five fumbles in 2000, matching a mark by linebacker Terrell Ransom in 1973. That was new head coach John Mackovic's first season as offensive coordinator at Arizona Free safety Jarvie Worcester was the UA team leader with three forced fumbles Against UCLA, Fraser came up with his first interception and rambled 36 yards for the game's opening score on the Bruins' first possession
  • Arizona's team most valuable player award is named in honor of the late Damon Terrell, a Wildcat tight end from 1993-95. DE Joe Tafoya won the honor in 2000. Terrell collapsed during fall training camp in August 1995 and died several weeks later at University Medical Center. The University of Arizona retired his jersey at game ceremonies Oct. 28, and his jersey joins that of 1950s tailback Art "The Cactus Comet" Luppino in display status at Arizona Stadium.
  • Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna was a big key to Arizona's running game and an outstanding receiver who NFL scouts say will be the first Wildcat drafted this spring. He had four receptions in the ASU game when UA employed a diamond-and-one formation with Manumaleuna as the head of the diamond or the "one" guy on the other side
  • The Cats employed a number of threats in the receiving corps, but unfortunately had breakdowns which kept Ortege Jenkins from getting the ball off 41 times At Oregon, Brad Brennan he tied his career high with six catches for 90 yards and 36 percent of the Cats' first downs. He caught a 41-yard pass against UCLA to set up a score. Sophomore WR Bobby Wade had a UA season-high seven catches at Washington. Wade had a season-high 112 yards on six receptions against WSU. Andrae Thurman had a six-catch game against San Diego State Malosi Leonard made the catch of the night vs. WSU, leaping for an 11-yard connection on 3rd-and-9 in overtime to give Arizona a shot at the winning score. Brandon Marshall had some deep balls to his credit. Backup H-back Mike Detwiler had his first career catch against the Cougars, a one-yard scoring toss to help UA send the game into overtime. Lance Relford also saw action at receiver and tight end James Hugo played about 25 percent of the snaps in 'heavy' formations. Both of Detwiler's touches in 2000 resulted in scores. He caught a 1-yard pass for a score against Washington State and ran 4 yards for a touchdown at Washington. He shared the position with Eli Wnek and had his first career start at Seattle Malosi Leonard completed a pass to Brandon Marshall for a big set-up play against the Trojans and also has a double-lateral play with Ortege Jenkins which the latter took 25 yards for an overtime score against WSU
  • Eli Wnek, meantime, spent considerable effort elsewhere as well. He earned second-team Verizon Academic All-District VIII honors.
  • Senior inside linebacker Antonio Pierce had seven tackles including one of UA's two sacks at Washington. He had a career-high 13 tackles against UCLA. He finished second on the team with 77 hits. He has 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, three knocked down passes, a blocked kick, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an overtime-ending interception. A nice mix for a senior season
  • Backup defensive end Alex Luna continued to contribute when on the field. He started for Idris Haroon (pectoral muscle pull) at Washington and had a career-high six tackles, plus knocked down two passes and forced a fumble vs. the Huskies. He had two sacks among four tackles against UCLA for losses of 23 yards. At Oregon he helped on one of Arizona's three sacks. Against Washington State, he picked up a fumble and rambled 17 yards for the first touchdown of his career after Michael Jolivette's jarring sack. He started the final three games and was third on the team with 3.5 sacks. He has a pass interception (Stanford), four passes broken up and two fumble recoveries...
  • Punter Chris Palic gave way to redshirt freshman Ramey Peru for five kicks against Oregon State. Peru had five punts for a 39.8 average. Palic had all other UA punts in 2000. Against the Bruins he had one of six punts returned for -1 yards. Strangely, in the last three games his kicking dropped off, with averages of 29.0, 29.7 and 31.3 on 11 punts down the stretch. That put him with an overall season mark of 37.1 and the team finished with a net figure of 34.6 One of his final kicks - a running-rugby punt - was blocked He had a career-high 11 punts against Ohio State Palic had 18 inside-the-20 kicks and only two touchbacks among his 75 punts. He used a running rugby style kick 13 times this year and only one was returned for any substantial yardage. Palic was a member of the 2000 American Football Coaches Good Works Team for outstanding athletic, scholarship and community service and was on initial Ray Guy Award 'watch lists' as a candidate for the nation's top punter award
  • Arizona was more or less ineffective on third-down. The Cats finished last in the Pac-10 with a third-down conversion rate of .281 (47-167) and were eighth in the league allowing opponents to convert at a .359 rate (65-181) Arizona's best day on offense was a 10-19 effort at Seattle, but it followed that the next week with a 1-for-14 mark against Oregon State UA was better on fourth-down conversions, with five in 14 tries for a 36 percent rate
  • UA 90 penalties for 750 yards, an average of eight per game, but still an improvement over 1999. Ten penalties at Washington and a season-high 112 penalty yards against OSU hurt. In 1999 the club set a "record" with 115 penalties for 930 yards
  • The eight sacks by Ohio State, Oregon and Arizona State were the most allowed by UA since No. 3-ranked Washington had eight in a 1991 victory over Arizona in Seattle, 54-0...
  • The crowd of 57,367 for the Ohio State game was the biggest home-opener crowd in Arizona history. The next biggest home-opening crowd also was for a Big Ten team - 57,284 for a 1987 game against Iowa. The crowds of 54,297 for Arizona State and 50,350 for the Washington State game also topped the 50K mark UA averaged 49,439 in per-game attendance, its sixth highest figure in the last 10 seasons

    Arizona Football On TV
    Five UA games were shown nationally on cable, plus three were network regional telecasts and three were in-state telecasts produced by UA partner Fox Sports Net Arizona.

    Arizona Football On Radio
    All Arizona games were carried live on the Wildcat Sports Network, with KNST Radio (790 AM, Tucson) as the flagship station. Play-by-play announcer Brian Jeffries and analyst Les Josephson called the play. Affiliates included KOY/1230-Phoenix, KDAP-Douglas, KVNA-Flagstaff, KJAA-Globe, KWRQ-Safford, KTAN-Sierra Vista/Bisbee, KINO-Winslow, KNOT-Prescott/Chino Valley, KVWM-Showlow, KBLU-Yuma, KTOX-Needles, Calif., and KRLV in Las Vegas, Nev. Airtime: 40 minutes prior. TEAMLINE (1-800-846-4700) carries KNST's broadcast via telephone. Yahoobroadcast netcasts KNST's signal via the Internet, clickable at Arizona games also were carried in Southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico, on XENY Radio (760 AM) of Nogales, Sonora, with Joel Bojorquez, Javier Espinoza and Francisco Romero describing the play.

    Coaches Shows:
    Dick Tomey's weekly radio show, with host Brian Jeffries, aired Tuesdays at 7:05 p.m. on KNST Radio. The weekly coach's television show, with Brian Jeffries, was shown Wednesdays on KTTU-TV-18 at 9:30 p.m.

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    The Last Time Arizona... Returned a punt for a TD: Bobby Wade (60 yards) at Washington, 2000 Returned a blocked punt for a TD: Andrae Thurman vs. S.Diego State 2000 (34 yards), Brandon Nash block Returned a kickoff for TD: Chris McAlister (100 yards) at Hawaii, 1998 Returned an INT for a TD (last 2): Keoni Fraser-DT (36 yds) vs. UCLA 2000; Greg Payne-SS (24 yards) vs. UTEP, 1999 Scored a safety: Team vs. Ohio State, 2000 (bad pitch by Steve Bellisari) Did not score: at Washington, 1991 (UW 54-0) Did not score a touchdown: vs. Oregon State, 2000 (OSU 33-9) A back ran for 200 yards (last 2): Trung Canidate (33-221) at OSU 1999; Canidate (27-202) vs. UTEP 1999 A back ran for 100 yards (last 2): Leo Mills (29-185) at Wash., 2000; C. Farmer (33-107) and O.Jenkins (11-104) vs. UCLA, 2000 A quarterback ran for 100 yards Ortege Jenkins (11-104) vs. UCLA, 2000 Two players rushed for 100 yards: C. Farmer (33-107) and O.Jenkins (11-104) vs. UCLA 2000 Blocked a punt (last 3): Adrian Koch at Oregon 2000; Brandon Nash vs. SDSU 2000; Nash vs. Nebraska 1998 Blocked a field goal (last 3): Peter Hansen at Utah 2000; Hansen at OSU 1999; Hansen at UCLA 1999 Blocked a PAT kick (last 3): Peter Hansen at USC 2000; Antonio Pierce at USC 2000; Peter Hansen vs. Washington 1999 Scored a 2-pt. conversion (last 2): Ortege Jenkins' run vs. OSU, 2000; Ortege Jenkins to B. Manumaleuna vs. UW 1999 Missed a PAT kick: Sean Keel at Washington, 2000 (blocked) Recovered a fumble for a TD (last 2): DE Alex Luna (17 yards) vs. WSU 2000; DE Idris Haroon (32 yards) at Stanford 2000 Beat a ranked team (last 3): 31-15 at USC (No. 18), 2000; 31-24 USC (No. 22), 1999; 23-20 Nebraska (No. 14), 1998 Lost to a ranked team (last 2): 9-33 vs. Ore. State (No. 10), 2000; 32-35 at Washington (No. 8), 2000 Beat an unranked team: 53-47 vs. Washington State 2000 Lost to an unranked team: 17-30 vs. Arizona State 2000 Won as a ranked team: 53-47 vs. Washington State (Arizona No. 22), 2000 Won as an unranked team: 31-15 at USC 2000 Lost as a ranked team: 24-27 vs. UCLA 2000 (Arizona No. 23) Lost as an unranked team: 17-30 vs. Arizona State, 2000 Played in tie-breaker game (last 2): 53-47 vs. Washington State, 2000; 41-38 vs. California, 1998

    The last time an Opponent... Returned a punt for a TD: Guliford (68 yards), at Ariz State '91 Recovered a blocked punt for a TD: Frank Primus, Stanford '97 Returned a kickoff for TD (last 2): JaWarren Hooker (89), Washington '97; Saladin McCullough (93), Oregon '97 Returned an interception for a TD: Chris Martin (31 yards) vs. WSU, 2000 Scored a safety: vs. Oregon (Ortege Jenkins lateral into endzone), 1999; at TCU, twice, 1999 Did not score: Illinois, '96 (UA 41-0) Did not score a touchdown (last 3): at Stanford, 2000 (27-3); San Diego State, 2000 (UA 17-3); at Utah, 2000 (UA 17-3) A back ran for 100 yards (last 2): Willie Hurts (8-116) at Washington, 2000; Maurice Morris (34-114) at Oregon, 2000 A back ran for 200 yards (last 2): Reuben Droughns (45-202) vs. Oregon, 1999; Saladin McCullough (25-223) at Oregon, 1996 Blocked a punt (last 2): Donnie Neal, ASU '00; Eric Sturdifen, Penn State '99 Blocked a field goal: Vontoure, at Washington, 2000 (51-yard attempt by Sean Keel) Blocked a PAT kick: Larry Tripplett at Washington, 2000 Scored a 2-pt. conversion: QB A.J. Feeley rush vs. Oregon, 1999, RB Droughns rush vs. Oregon 1999 Recovered a fumble for a TD: Terrell Suggs (0 yards), ASU, 2000

    Arizona 2000 Football Depth Chart (Returnees in bold) OFFENSE WR 1 Bobby Wade, 5-11, 187, So-1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista) 6 Brandon Marshall, 5-11, 194, Jr*-JC/RS, Oceanside, Calif. (Oceanside/Palomar CC) 3 Andrae Thurman, 6-0, 179, Fr*-RS, Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) LT 71 Marques McFadden, 6-5, 301, Sr*-21L, Meridian, Idaho (Capital) Injured: Makoa Freitas, Jr., 2L, Honolulu, Hawai'i 78 Darren Safranek, 6-7, 270, So*-1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills) LG 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 280, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (North Shore) Injured: Steve Grace, Jr., 2L, Honolulu, Hawai'i 60 Aaron Higginbotham,, 6-5, 270, So*-1L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa) C 70 Bruce Wiggins, 6-3, 282 , Sr*-3L, Houston, Texas (Robert E. Lee) 75 Reggie Sampay, 6-3, 280, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (North Shore) RG 72 Kevin Barry, 6-5, 330, Jr.*-JC/RS, Racine, Wis. (Park/Hutchinson CC) 60 Aaron Higginbotham,, 6-5, 270, So*-1L, Calimesa, Calif. (Yucaipa) RT 76 Makai Freitas, 6-7, 297, Sr-3L, Honolulu, Hawai'i (Clintondale, Mich. HS) or 78 Darren Safranek, 6-7, 270, So*-1L, Tucson, Ariz. (Catalina Foothills) TE 90 Brandon Manumaleuna, 6-3, 292, Sr-3L, Torrance, Calif. (Narbonne) 89 James Hugo, 6-6, 271, So*-1L, The Woodlands, Texas (Oak Ridge) QB 16 Ortege Jenkins, 6-1, 213, Sr*-3L, Long Beach, Calif. (Jordan) 10 Jason Johnson, 6-2, 200, So*-1L, Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup) 17 Kyle Slager, 6-1, 194, Fr*-RS, Columbus, Ohio (Upper Arlington) WR 25 Malosi Leonard, 6-2, 212, Jr*-2L, Palmdale, Calif. (Palmdale or 13 Brad Brennan, 5-11, 177, Sr*-3L/RS, Redwood, Calif. (St. Francis HS/Worcester, Mass. Academy) 18 Lance Relford, 6-0, 194, Fr*-RS, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington) RB 32 Clarence Farmer, 6-0, 224, Fr-HS, Houston, Texas (Booker T. Washington or 20 Leo Mills, 6-0, 212, So*-1L, Humble, Texas, (Humble) 5 Larry Croom, 5-10, 209, So-1L, Long Beach, Calif. (Polytechnic) 36 Anthony Fulcher, 5-11, 200, Fr-HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Horizon) FB/HB 91 Eli Wnek, 6-3, 246, Jr*-2L, Glendale, Ariz. (Ironwood HS) or 40 Mike Detwiler, 6-2, 231, Jr-JC, Truckee, Calif. (Truckee/Pasadena CC)

    DEFENSE DE 99 Joe Tafoya, 6-4, 255, Sr*-3L, Pittsburg, Calif. (Pittsburg) 54 Alex Luna, 6-0, 230, Jr*-2L, San Fernando, Calif. (San Fernando HS) 9 Johnny Jackson, 6-3, 265, Jr*-JC, San Diego, Calif. (St. Augustine, Sacramento CC) DT 56 Keoni Fraser, 6-1, 282, Jr-2L, Kailua, Hawaii (Kailua) 93 Young Thompson, 6-2, 298, So*-1L, Aloa, American Samoa (Samoana) DT 58 Anthony Thomas, 6-2, 290, Jr.*-2L/RS, Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena) 95 Ben Alualu, 6-1, 275, So*-1L/RS, Honolulu, Hawai'i (St. Louis) DE 87 Idris Haroon, 6-2, 248, Sr*-3L, Houston, Texas (Hastings) 54 Alex Luna, 6-0, 230, Jr*-2L, San Fernando, Calif. (San Fernando HS) 92 Aaron Huisman, 6-4, 235, So.*-1L, Phoenix, Ariz. (Phoenix Christian) WLB 52 Adrian Koch, 5-9, 216, Sr-3L, Tucson, Ariz. (Desert View) 42 Joe Siofele, 6-1, 240, Fr*-RS, Waipahu, Hawai'i (St. Louis) ILB 27 Lance Briggs, 6-1, 230, So-1L, Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove) 96 Trevor Wilde, 5-10, 200, Sr*-1L, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Horizon/Mesa CC) ILB 45 Antonio Pierce, 6-1, 233, Sr*-1L, Ontario, Calif. (Serra/Mt. San Antonio CC) 38 Shelton Ross, 6-0, 222, Jr*-1L, Kansas City, Mo., (Hutchinson CC) BCB 17 Anthony Banks, 6-0, 165, Jr.-1L, Los Angeles, Calif. (San Pedro/West Los Angeles CC) 23 Jermaine Chatman, 5-11, 177, Jr-JC, Compton, Calif. (Hawthorne/Pasadena CC) 2 David Hinton, 5-11, 170, Fr*-RS, San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln Prep) SS 19 Brandon Nash, 6-1, 215, Jr*-2L/RS, Los Angeles, Calif. (Beverly Hills) 24 Zaharius Johnson, 6-0, 194, Jr-1L, Bradenton, Fla. (New Mexico Military Institute) FS 33 Clay Hardt, 6-1, 192, Fr*-RS, Marana, Ariz. (Marana) or 47 Jarvie Worcester, 6-0, 195, So*-1L, La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla) - Injured FCB 8 Michael Jolivette, 5-9, 175, Fr*-RS, Houston, Texas (North Shore 17 Anthony Banks, 6-0, 165, Jr.-1L, Los Angeles, Calif. (San Pedro/West Los Angeles CC)

    SPECIALTY PK 3 Sean Keel, 6-0, 200, So*-1L, Littleton, Colo. (Mullen) KO 28 Chris Gray, 6-1, 193, So.-1L, Irvine, Calif. (University) 12 Ramey Peru, 6-1, 178, Fr*-RS, Chandler, Ariz. (Dobson) Punter 4 Chris Palic, 6-3, 206, Jr*-2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (St. Francis) 19 Ramey Peru, 6-1, 178, Fr*-RS, Chandler, Ariz. (Dobson) Snapper 84 Nate Campbell, 6-1, 223, Sr-3L, Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon del Oro HS) Holder 4 Chris Palic, 6-3, 206, Jr*-2L, Los Angeles, Calif. (St. Francis) Returns 1 Bobby Wade (PR), 9 Gary Love (KOR), 5 Larry Croom (KOR), 20 Leo Mills (KOR), 17 Anthony Banks (PR)

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