McCall ready to contribute

Arizona needs a tight end to step up. Gone are seniors Steve Fleming and Clarence McRae and only one returner has caught a pass at the D-I level. Because of the losses, one newcomer is expected to make a difference.

JC transfer Brandyn McCall was brought in to provide an instant spark. Coach Mike Stoops said from day one that the only junior college players that would be brought in would be guys who could make an instant impact. McCall is seen as that kind of guy.

"I'd like to come in here and start, but I know have to earn it," McCall said. "It's going to be up to spring ball to earn it. There are a lot of good guys at my spot."

Other than Brad Wood there are no experienced tight ends. Ryan Kilpatrick and Travis Bell have never caught a collegiate pass, while Paul Nichols will also see time at H-back and full back.

McCall knows that as an older player he has a physical advantage, but he has to get used to playing at the D-I level.

"It's a big adjustment," McCall noted. "Work, everyday all day. Weight room the first week, whew, tough. It was tough. Coach Ed (Corey Edmunds) and all those guys, they work you."

Originally from Hawaii, McCall played junior college ball at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. He looked at a number of schools, but was sold on the Cats after the ASU game.

"Loved it," he said of the visit. "Loved the game day atmosphere when I came up to the ASU game. Loved the team, it was real nice."

The Wildcat coaches were obviously pleased to land McCall.

"I am really looking forward to having him (McCall) come in and fill in and take off where Steve (Fleming) left off," said offensive coordinator Mike Canales. "With his size and playmaking ability he gives us another legitimate threat in the passing game and the running game. He can catch the ball and he is a good, solid blocker too."

McCall sees himself as a balanced player. A player who can do a few things very well.

"Right now the thing I bring is balance," McCall explained. "I can run block and I can run. It's more of a balance thing, I'm not better at one than the other."

McCall liked the way the Cats used the tight end, especially in that win over ASU, but does not need to be the primary target in the passing game.

"They told me more of an even split, run and pass," McCall noted. "That's kind of what I like, it fits well."

As of now he is adjusting to the speed of the D-I game, while also trying to add size. He has already added 18 pounds and would like to add five more before the start of fall camp.

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