Tony Ellison was not talked about much last year, but his role this upcoming season may be bigger than originally anticipated.
“This last year I was redshirting,” Ellison said. “Coming into the program, I was just trying to get a feel for everything, but learning all of the plays, hopefully I will execute in the spring and be ready for the fall.”
Ellison was fine physically upon arriving to campus, but needed to do some work in other areas before he was able to contribute.
“When I first got here, I think my athleticism was where it was supposed to be, but mentally I wasn't there,” he said. “I wasn't running the right routes and I didn't understand the concepts as much as I do now.
“I am still struggling a little bit, but I have the whole spring, summer, and fall. I think I will be ready by then.”
It was difficult for Ellison to learn Arizona’s plays last season, but he was able to grow by being helped by his teammates.
“My redshirt year I was on scout team and I would be the top receiver for the other team,” Ellison said. “I was running routes and my work ethic when I was that receiver, I thought I gave a really good look for the team.
“Looking at Cayleb Jones, Samajie, and the other guys, I really learned what I was doing from them. I look up to them and try to do what they do and mirror what they do when I run my routes and try to get better.”
It’s no surprise that Ellison was a bit hesitant when he first arrived to Tucson.
“It is a great group of guys,” he said. “We lost Austin Hill and he was a big part of us, but the competition is still big and tough. We make each other better by competing every day.
“When I first got here I was a little intimidated with all of the different guys, but I know I have to compete. I think because of how we compete, it will make me better, so I am not intimidated any more.”