The last couple football seasons have been pretty fun in the Old Pueblo.
Rich Rodriguez has led the Wildcats to consecutive eight-win seasons and back-to-back bowl victories, a feat that hasn’t been done since 1997-98. Granted, winning the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and AdvoCare V100 Bowl are not exactly program-defining moments, but for Arizona Football, it’s a two-year stretch that has provided hope that the future will be much, much brighter.
Entering Year 3 of the RichRod era, the Wildcats are without all-time leading rusher Ka’Deem Carey, who left for the NFL, and QB B.J. Denker, who graduated. They’re also missing a few players from what was a vastly improved defense, meaning there are some holes to fill.
Whether or not they’ll be able to fill them, especially prior to the Aug. 29 opener vs. UNLV, will go a long way toward determining if the Wildcats’ next step is forward or backward.
Various publications are taking their guesses, and while they provide great coverage, they’re also a bit expensive. So out of kindness, here’s a sampling of what is being said about the Arizona Wildcats.