Arizona's walk-ons: A closer look

Arizona has handed a handful of walk-ons before spring football starts next week. Read on for a closer look at those players.

Although the roster is not final, it appears that there will be a handful of new players on the football team entering spring ball next week. Here is a look at the new names and there are certain to be more in the future.

Alex Cappellini: Cappellini went to high school at Phoenix Pinnacle where he went 110-206 for 1,779 yards with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his senior year. In addition, Cappellini ran 128 times for 562 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is expected to come in and possibly compete for the backup quarterback spot.

Cappellini started off at Humboldt State and then transferred to Orange Coast Community College, where he completed 22 of 46 passes for 237 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions and also ran 21 times for 73 yards.

Kyle Combs: Coming out of high school, the linebacker chose Southern Illinois over offers from North Dakota, Cornell, Navy, South Dakota State, Penn, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado and Air Force. Combs was named to All-State and All-Region teams as a senior

He finished his senior season with 67 tackles and 8.5 sacks while leading team to a 14-0 record and state championship in 2010. Combs will try to compete for time on special teams right away and his position on defense is not set in terms of which linebacker position he will be competing for.

Tyler D'Amore: As it stands now, there is a good chance D'Amore will earn a scholarship in the spring. He has been working with the receivers, who has responded well to him and have consistently put in a good word with the coaching staff on his behalf. While at the College of the Canyons last season, D'Amore completed 31 of 55 passes for 311 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while also running 26 times for 68 yards and two scores.

D'Amore turned down come lower level scholarship offers in hopes of being able to land a scholarship at the hometown college. While at Ironwood High School, he was considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in town and will come into camp competing for the backup quarterback job.

Tevin Hood: Hood was somewhat underrated coming out of high school, as he had 19 sacks his senior year and was considered to be one of the best defensive linemen in the state. Hood attended Duke out of high school and was a walk-on, although he had an academic scholarship.

From there, Hood attended San Diego and finished with 11 tackles in eight games. When he was not given a scholarship, Arizona came calling with an offer as a preferred walk-on and Hood accepted. At this point, it looks like it is somewhat of a longshot that Hood will be a contributing player, but the depth is certainly a positive.

Vince Miles: The Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis athlete actually played plenty of safety in high school, but it appears that he will come to Arizona as a receiver. Not a ton is known about Miles, who also is a contributor for his school's basketball team. Miles' biggest strength is his speed, but he has a lot of work to do in order to contribute due to Arizona's depth at the position.

Jake Smith: Smith will walk-on coming from Youngstown State, where he transferred to from Syracuse. As a sophomore in 2010, Smith handled kickoff duties and averaged 63 yards per kick with eight touchbacks. Coming out of high school, Smith went 59-59 on extra points and made the first-team for his area as a kicker and punter. While John Bonano will have the starting spot this season, it will be interesting to see if Smith can push for kickoff duties.

Carter Wood: Son of former Arizona defensive tackle Dave Wood and nephew of Brent Wood, who played linebacker for Arizona as well. Wood is a Chaparral product that comes from Colorado Mesa University. Carter will likely come in for depth at right guard, but does have the ability to move around a bit.

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