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Arizona safety Jared Tevis named one of college football's toughest players

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley (17) scrambles around Arizona's Jared Tevis (38) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Wily Low)

Mike Huguenin of NFL.com recently named the 14 "toughest" players in college football. University of Arizona safety Jared Tevis came in at No. 6 on the list.

Huguenin provided a brief explanation as to why Tevis was selected:

Tevis began his career as a hometown walk-on and has developed into one of the most productive -- and biggest-hitting -- safeties in the Pac-12. He was bothered by a badly sprained ankle in 2012, his first season as a starter, but still managed to play in 11 games and finish third on the team with 82 tackles; he also forced four fumbles. Last season, he missed two games with a knee injury but again managed to finish third on the team in tackles, with 82, and he forced three fumbles. Tevis should contend for all-league honors this fall.

Tevis paid his dues on special teams in 2011 but has since been a force to reckoned with in the Pac-12. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team in 2012 and was a All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2012 and 2013. He also ended his 2013 season on a high note with an interception in the Wildcats' 42-19 win over Boston College in the Advocare V100 Bowl.

The 2009 graduate of Canyon Del Oro High School is already being recognized for his potential to have a big final season in Tucson. Tevis was named to the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List in May. The award is given to the defensive player who has the largest amount of influence on his team both on and off the field.

Tevis was one of three Pac-12 players named to the list of the "toughest" in college football. University of Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson made the list at No. 8 while UCLA linebacker and running back Myles Jack ranked third.

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