With Terris Jones-Grigsby graduating, Arizona will likely have another running back competition on its hands next season.
Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist 2015 running back Orlando Bradford believes he can be the guy to step up and earn carries right away.
“I play in a state where football is what matters and every team is loaded with guys,” Bradford said. “I wasn’t going to be scared off by any kind of competition, but it didn’t hurt if there was an opening.
“Coach Rodriguez thinks I can play early, and even if I don’t start, I will have the chance to get in there and get in the rotation. They use their backs in so many different ways that I just want to be ready.”
Bradford believes his versatility will give him an advantage.
“My team asks me to do a lot of stuff," he said. "I run the ball; I catch the call and I know how to pass protect.
“I’m happy that I’m in the situation where I can show all my skills because I’m going to need all of them next season. I’m ready though. I’ve worked my entire life for this.”
Due to the football-charged environment he plays in, Bradford won’t be overwhelmed.
“That is all that we care about in the South," Bradford said. "You can look at the guys that are also going to Arizona and they have that same feel.
"We play against the best and it will only continue at Arizona. The Pac-12 is a conference that has a lot of ranked teams and a lot tradition. We just want to shoot Arizona into the next level.”