Wildcat football notebook

There was plenty of news surrounding Arizona football this week. Read on for a complete look at news and notes surrounding the program.

There was plenty of news surrounding Arizona football this week and here is a rundown of the items surrounding the team, recruiting, and more.

UNLV game still likely for Glendale: In Greg Byrne's weekly e-mail, he stated that Jim Livengood's departure will likely not affect the move of Arizona's road game at UNLV to Glendale.

"We haven't signed a contract yet but we wanted you to know that it is a good possibility that it will happen," Byrne wrote.

The news will likely be met with mixed opinions should it be finalized. The belief is that Arizona's fan support will be just fine in Glendale, but many Arizona fans were also looking forward to the trip. At this point, however, it does look like the deal will be finalized and sooner than later.

Tedy Bruschi selected to the College Football Hall of Fame: Bruschi is the fourth Arizona player to join the NFF College Football Hall of Fame, joining Ricky Hunley (1998), Chuck Cecil (2009) and Rob Waldrop (2011).

Bruschi's senior season is one of the best in school history, as won the 1995 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and the Morris Trophy as the league's best defensive lineman. He was a two-time finalist for the Lombardi Award and graduated with 74 tackles for loss, which ranked sixth in FBS history. Bruschi was named all-conference three times and he led the Wildcats to three bowl berths under Dick Tomey.

Arizona offers 2015 tight end: Bishop Gorman tight end Alize Jones is on his way to being a national recruit. The Wildcats offered him earlier this week and at this point, UCLA is considered to be the school to beat. Arizona has landed Bishop Gorman's top player before when it got Anu Solomon, but Jones will not be easy to get to Arizona.

Wildcats offer California defensive end: Kennedy Emesibe's brother players at UCLA and Arizona is trying to have Kennedy join him in the Pac-12.

"Coach Jim Michalczik offered me from Arizona," said Emesibe. "They offered me as a defensive end. "USC, Arizona State, Washington State, San Diego State, Oregon State, Northwestern and Colorado State have all come by."

We would not be surprised to see Emesibe's recruitment really take off, so it is good that Arizona is getting involved relatively early.

JC linebacker back at it: Isaiah Riddle started off as a running back, but has developed into a linebacker now. Arizona is his first offer, but Riddle wants to take his time with a decision. The Wildcats are in good shape and he has plenty of positive to say about Arizona, but is in no rush to decide. The amount of linebackers being offered shows that Arizona is still not comfortable with what it has on the roster.

Arizona watches Brandon Dawkins: Dawkins is a four-star signal caller, but his recruitment has not really taken off yet. Tony Dews went to go watch him, but he currently does not have an offer. Notre Dame is considered the leader right now, although new offers have the ability to change things.

Arizona has higher priorities at quarterback right now, but with Dawkins not in a rush to decide, the coaching staff is going to take its time to evaluate him.


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