A Quick Glance: Tight Ends

Arizona took a real hit to the tight end position. Steve Fleming and Clarence McRae are gone and the Wildcats are left with one returning player and a whole lot of new faces.

Tight Ends

Starters Returning: none
Starters Lost: Steve Fleming (graduation)
Key Returners: Brad Wood, Ryan Kilpatrick
Others Lost: Clarence McRae (graduation)
Key Newcomers: Travis Bell (redshirt), Adam Grant, Brandyn McCall Coach: Josh Heupel (first season)

The Cats return just one player who has caught a D-I pass and he is an undersized player. Brad Wood has reliable hands and has added 20 pounds of muscle, but is still not a great fit in the run game. McCall was brought in to be an instant impact guy, but a back injury will limit him in the early portion of camp. Kilpatrick has the most physical tools of the group but is still adjusting to the position after beginning his career as a defensive end. Bell is probably a year away while Grant will get a chance to see the field with a good fall camp.


  Player Year HT WT Hometown
1. Brandyn McCall Jr. 6-5 250 Honolulu (Golden West JC)
2. Brad Wood Jr. 6-3 225 Tucson, AZ (Pima CC)
3. Ryan Kilpatrick RS So. 6-3 232 Ft. Worth, TX (All Saints)
4. Travis Bell RS Fr. 6-6 225 Castroville, CA (N Monterey County)
5. Adam Grant Fr. 6-8 250 Puyallup (High School), WA

2005 STATS

Rec Yrds Avg TD  Lng
Wood 7 48 6.9 1  21

Notes: Wood is the only TE on the roster with a collegiate catch. Kilpatrick saw limited action a year ago. Heupel is the only new coach on the staff. He replaced Steve Spurrier Jr. who is now at South Carolina. Fleming signed recently with Green Bay after a brief stint with the Giants. McCrae is helping out as a volunteer assistant. McCall was here in the spring and could be the starter this fall.

Player Notes:

Travis Bell: Brother of Wildcat offensive lineman Tanner Bell…Was the first player to commit in the class of 2004…Had eight receptions for 97 yards and a score his senior season... Also had 75 tackles and four sacks as a defensive lineman... Career 16 receptions for 220 yards, 138 tackles and eight sacks...

Adam Grant: Will open his UA training at tight end, although he has a prep history on the defensive line and is considered by some to have talent as an offensive lineman due to his frame... Scout.com three-star and No. 35 at TE... Washington AP all-state honorable mention tight end in his first year at the position in 2004… 14 catches 185 yds on a run-oriented team; 39 tackles one INT and two sacks on defense...

Ryan Kilpatrick: Played in one game last season and did not register a catch…Redshirted his first year at Arizona and was moved from defensive end to tight end mid-year… Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram Texas 100... Was a Scout.com three-star prospect and rated as the 62nd best defensive end in the nation… Played a number of positions in high school including defensive end, tight end and running back… Had 14 sacks in 2002... Punted for a 37.4 average in 2002... Also had 832 yards rushing, 11 TDs as a senior in high school…

Brandyn McCall: Had 23 catches in 2004, earning second-team All-Mission Conference honors, after earning first-team honors his freshman year in leading the league with 22 catches for 256 yards and two touchdowns ...collegefootballnews.com ‘Top Juco' prospect at No. 58 overall, No. 3 tight end prospect... Three-year basketball letterman for Mid-Pacific High School... Scout.com three-star rating...

Brad Wood: Had a 21-yard touchdown against Oregon, it was his first D-I touchdown. It was also Richard Kovalchecks first collegiate touchdown pass…Spent one year at Pima as a wide receiver. Was discovered by Mark and Mike Stoops at Pima's spring practice. When the coaches learned he could transfer immediately they extended a scholarship…Attended Sabino High School in Tucson…

Class Breakdown: Sr: 0, Jr: 2, So: 1, RS Fr: 1, Fr: 1

Other positions:
Running Backs
Wide Receivers

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