Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#45 Brandon Lopez
Position: H-Back
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 230
Year: Senior
Hometown: Vail, Ariz.
High School: Cienega HS
Experience: 3 Letters

Arizona: 3L ... Lopez could see more time in the backfield in '08 as one of the more experienced players on the unit... Expected to continue as a kick coverage regular and providing blocking back duty... Had two tackles on special teams... Caught one pass for five yards and contributed five solo tackles on kick units in 2006... Switched from linebacker in 2005 fall camp... Special teams starter... Started the Oregon and Washington games in 2005... No rushing attempts, but caught four passes for 35 yards, including a 16-yarder for a key first down at Oregon State... Worked at the weak side linebacker spot in his redshirt freshman 2005 season... Also worked on defense scout teams in 2004... Was a prep offensive standout that Mike Stoops felt could play either way.

Career Totals: 34 games, 2 starts; 5-40 receiving; 10 tackles

High School: Vail High School, Vail, Ariz., 2004 ... The lone Tucson-area player signed by the Cats ... Was one of the first players to commit to the class, giving an oral pledge in mid-September, well before Mike Stoops was hired ... SuperPrep postseason All-West selection ... All-area honors by the Tucson Citizen and Arizona Daily Star ... Cienega's featured halfback on offense his senior year ... Rushed for 1,509 yards and 25 scores as a senior ... Rushed for 1,687 yards and 17 touchdowns, plus 98 tackles on defense as a junior ... Earned three letters in football and one each in wrestling and baseball ... Football team captain for three years.

Personal: Academic major is regional development... Son of Frank and Sherry Lopez of Benson ... Mother graduated from Cochise College and works in the security business and father is a heavy equipment operator ... Younger brothers, Frankie and Daniel, play football and wrestle ... Full name: Brandon Michael Lopez ... Date of birth: Jan 3, 1985, in Tucson.