Arizona Wildcats Fans received some great news earlier this week when Pac-12 announced that it would bring back football this fall. It won’t happen until November, however, in the meantime we have to content ourselves with living indirectly through the exploits of former UA youths who are currently playing elsewhere.
Ground zero for that Saturday was Lubbock, Texas, where Texas Tech hosted Texas in what was informally called Pupil Bowl. And what a game it was.
Brenden, a wide receiver who never played for UA after coming from Oregon as a graduate move during vacation time, led the Longhorns with seven grabs to 58 yards and a 3 yard landing lane. In his two matches with Texas, he had a reception at TD.
Coleen, the full-back who started every game for Arizona from 2017-19, had seven tackles on his Texas Tech debut. He was unavailable for the Red Raiders’ first game on September 12.
The Texas-Texas Tech game featured a third player with Tucson connections in Texas as a freshman Bijan Robinson, Who just played on the road from UA at Salpointe Catholic High School. Robinson had four campaigns for 12 yards, a reception at 11 yards, and an incredibly chilling moment after trying to impede a defender.
Robinson somehow appeared right after that play.
Here’s how some of the former UA players now did in other Class A schools on Saturday:
pound Tony Fields II (West Virginia)
Fields got his first start in the Mountaineers’ loss 27-13 in Oklahoma to start playing Big 12, and as he did in the Mountaineers season opener against Eastern Kentucky two weeks ago he led the team in a save with nine. The top player also had a pass late in the third quarter, his third interception in his career after scoring twice during his three seasons in Arizona.
In his two matches with West Virginia Fields, he earned 19 tackles, giving him 306 for his career.
The other one from Wildcat with mountain climbers, is safety Scotty Young Jr., Disqualified this season after transfer.
WR Devon Cooper (UTEP)
Technically, it’s not a transition – he was fired from the show in May 2019 – Cooper is still showing elsewhere what he would have done to wild cats had he been stuck. The 5-foot-11 player grabbed two grabs 44 yards to help UTEP win 31-6 at Louisiana Monroe.
Big deal, right? In fact, it is. UTEP, who had gone 2-24 the previous three seasons, is 3-1 for the first time since 2010 and won a road match without conventions for the first time in five years. The other miners’ wins are against FCS schools, but still.
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