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20070525 Cason Rolling Along(1)
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Release: 05/25/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><EM><STRONG>By Pete Donovan, The Lott Trophy</STRONG></EM></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial>NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--&ldquo;The lasting image of the defining moment of the 2006-07 Arizona Wildcat athletic year is Antoine <TABLE borderColor=black cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 align=right bgColor=white border=0> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics8/200/UB/UBKWMDMOZXWYPMF.20060806194210.JPG"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://www.nmnathletics.com.edgesuite.net/pics22/200/PY/PYNQVMNCICUDNZY.20061113193149.jpg"></TD></TR> <TR> <TD></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><IMG id=SCALEPHOTO alt="" src="http://admin.xosn.com//pics28/200/SO/SOCFHWDGYWZCHRN.20041012192928.jpg"></TD></TR> <P></P></P></TABLE>Cason, arms raised to the sky and the ball in his left hand, as he trots into the end zone to give Arizona a 24-17 lead with just over 12 minutes to play in the fourth quarter on Homecoming (in a win over nationally-ranked California).&rdquo;<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>? The Wildcat Online<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Mark Stoops was running out of adjectives trying to describe his All-American cornerback Antoine Cason.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a tremendous person, a unique kid, a model citizen,&rdquo; said the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> football coach and defensive coordinator.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;He&rsquo;s humble and has a fantastic work ethic.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s a relentless competitor and a tireless practice player.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He wants to be great.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Nobody works harder and he&rsquo;s easy to coach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s the heart and soul of our team and has been that way since he first walked on our campus.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s the most complete player I&rsquo;ve ever been around and the kind of person you want your kid to grow up and be.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Cason may not win the fourth annual Lott Trophy (he&rsquo;s one of 42 players on the watch list), but Stoops might win cheerleader of the year.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Of course, Cason MAY well win The Lott since he does exhibit all those character qualities needed for the award as well as his undeniable football prowess on the field.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The 6-0, 185-pound senior from Los Alamitos (Ca.), Cason won All Pac-10 honors as a junior, was a semifinalist for The Thorpe Award (the nation&rsquo;s top defensive back) and is a pre-season All-American for 2007.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcat team captain is rated the No. 1 defensive back in the country by Rivals.com.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He has started every game he&rsquo;s suited up for ? beginning in his freshman season when he was the conference&rsquo;s Frosh Defensive Player of the Year. <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><o:p><FONT face=Arial> </FONT></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial> That 39-yard return of an interception for a touchdown against <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Cal</st1:State></st1:place> may have been a defining moment, but hardly the only one of Cason&rsquo;s season.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He was the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice and recorded an amazing 62 tackles from his cornerback position.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;Plus he was matched up against the other team&rsquo;s top receiver every week,&rdquo; said Stoops.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>There were those Wildcat fans who feared Cason and his 4.4 40 speed would opt for the NFL after the 2006 season, but the 21-year-old recognized the unfinished business in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City>. <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt; TEXT-INDENT: 14.25pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial>"I always said if there was any doubt in my mind, I would come back to school in a heartbeat," Cason said. "The team is shaping up really well and it's a good thing to be a part of." <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt; TEXT-INDENT: 14.25pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial>Cason graduated in December in three-and-a-half years. "It feels good to be that close, and I didn't want that to slip away," Cason said.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt; TEXT-INDENT: 14.25pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial>"I think his stock is going up and up," Stoops said. "He will be the premier cornerback in college next season." <o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>In addition to all his hard work on the football field, Cason doesn&rsquo;t rest when the whistle blows.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>He&rsquo;s the co-president of the Arizona Student-Athlete Advisory Board, ran on the track team last spring and serves as an usher in his church on Sundays.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;Football is almost a hobby to Antoine,&rdquo; said Stoops.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;He will lead a very successful and full life whenever his football career is over in whatever endeavor he applies himself to.&rdquo;</FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt" align=center><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial>***</FONT></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt" align=center><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial></FONT></SPAN> </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 6pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial size=4><STRONG>Cason's Year-by-Year Numbers</STRONG></FONT></SPAN></P><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: black; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><FONT face=Arial> <P class=MsoPlainText style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT size=2></FONT></SPAN> </P><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: 'MS Mincho'"><FONT size=2><o:p> <P class=MsoPlainText style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> <TABLE borderColor=black cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 bgColor=white border=1> <P> <TBODY> <TR> <TD><STRONG><FONT size=2>Year</FONT></STRONG></TD> <TD><STRONG><FONT size=2>Games-Starts</FONT></STRONG></TD> <TD><STRONG><FONT size=2>Solo</FONT></STRONG></TD> <TD><STRONG><FONT size=2>Assist</FONT></STRONG></TD> <TD><STRONG><FONT size=2>Tackles</FONT></STRONG></TD> <TD><STRONG><FONT size=2>For Loss</FONT></STRONG></TD> <TD><STRONG><FONT size=2>Other</FONT></STRONG></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=2>2004</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>11-11</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>54</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>16</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>70</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>5.5-18</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>4 Interceptions, 6 PD, 3 FF</FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=2>2005</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>11-11</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>38</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>12</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>50</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>2.5- 5</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>3 INT, 5 PD</FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=2>2006</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>12-12</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>48</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>14</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>62</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>-</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>3 INT, 7 PD, 1 FR-</FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=2>2007</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>-</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>-</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>-</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>-</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>-</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>-</FONT></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><FONT size=2>Totals</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>34-34</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>140</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>42</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>182</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>8- 23</FONT></TD> <TD><FONT size=2>10 INT, 18 PD, 3 FF, FR</FONT></TD></TR> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P></P></TABLE></P></o:p></FONT></SPAN><o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN>
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