A Look Ahead: Those Who Redshirted

The Arizona coaches are building for the future. They did not rush players to the field and redshirted as many players as they could. Let's look at the players the Wildcats still have waiting in the wings.

Conan Amituanai Amituanai moved from DT to TE during the season and traveled with the team towards the end of the year. His future position is still up in the air. He could remain a TE, move to the OL or return to the d-line. He has talent and his versatility make him a very important part of this team.

Cody Anderson Anderson is one of many players who has position versatility. Although he worked with the tight ends this year he could very well out grow the position and become an offensive lineman much like Adam Grant did.

Colin Baxter Baxter got a lot of work at center and guard this fall and he should be in a position to compete for time at both positions next fall. He has nice athleticism and a great mean streak.

Glyndon Bolasky Bolasky was a pleasant surprise of fall camp and although he could not work his way into the top-three at tailback, he did enough to be a contender for the future. The bad news is that he suffered a knee injury which could hamper his progress.

Cory Elmore Elmore was sidetracked by the NCAA Clearinghouse that caused him to miss a lot of fall camp. He was going to redshirt anyways and will use the off-season to add strength and size.

Keenyn Crier Crier was not a scholarship player this past season but with his strong, versatile leg he could factor in both the punting and kicking jobs.

Delashaun Dean Dean looked good in fall camp but it became obvious that his surgically repaired knee was not ready to go. He should seriously factor in the wide receiver spot next year.

Ricky Elmore Elmore was a pleasant surprise in fall camp and almost saw the field this season. He'll be bigger and stronger next season and could push the older ends next year. Could remind some of Copeland Bryan.

Cole Graybill Sure he's a walk-on but he is good enough to play for this team. He'll still be behind older players next year, but his future is very bright.

Jovon Hayes Hayes came into camp out of shape but has turned heads while working with the scout team. Another player who could compete for playing time next year.

Tyler Lyon Lyon was not going to play this year. Period. The Cats wanted to get two years separation between the Lyon and Willie Tuitama, even if it meant going with back-up quarterbacks who did not have all of the talent that Lyon does. Lyon is coming along just fine and could be a vital part of this football team if Tuitama's injury woes continue.

Mana Mikaele Like many of the freshmen Mikaele needed to get bigger and stronger to take the rigors of the college game.

Nate Ness Ness was redshirted in an attempt to be Michael Johnson's replacement. Now the junior college transfer finds himself in a dogfight with the likes of Michael Klyce, Corey Hall and Brandon Tatum to join Dominic Patrick in the starting line-up.

Brooks Reed Reed was good enough in the early part of fall camp that the Wildcat coaches resisted a planned move linebacker. His future is likely on defense but it is not a certainty as he looked good on offense as well.

D'aundre Reed Reed also ran into some Clearinghouse troubles that caused him to miss time in the preseason. Recruited as a defensive end he was shifted to linebacker in fall camp. Whether he remains there or goes back to the defensive line could depend on how big he gets.

A.J. Simmons Not to sound like a broken record but Simmons is another guy whose future position is in doubt. He could stay a tight end, become an offensive lineman or move to the defensive side of the ball.

James Tretheway Redshirting the junior college transfer was always an option but an ankle injury cemented the decision. Tretheway gets an extra year to bulk up, learn the system and get stronger. Will be a factor at a variety of positions on the offensive line next season.

Michael Turner If not for problems with the Clearinghouse, Turner may have played this season. He and Devin Ross are likely the corners of the future for this team.

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