Grid Notes

There are lots of happening going on with the football team. In addition to Antoine Cason staying, there are a lot of other tidbits regarding the Wildcats.

Syndric Steptoe and Michael Johnson have garnered invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Both players have a decent shot at getting drafted, but can boost their draft stock with good performances in Indianapolis.

Although no official announcement was made, all indications are that DE Louis Holmes will return to the team and not enter the NFL Draft. Holmes did explore his draft status but has enrolled in school and head coach Mike Stoops has indicated that he believes he plans on playing for the Wildcats.

"Louis is in full time classes and is excited about having a senior year," Stoops said. "Louis knows he needs a year to refine some of his skills. As good as he was, in a year's period of time he will be twice as good."

Both CB Wilrey Fontenot and OL Peter Graniello will miss spring practice with shoulder injuries. Both players played though the injuries this past season but will be held out of the spring in an effort to get them ready for fall camp.

Two former walk-ons earned scholarships for next season. Running back Chris Jennings and punter Keenyn Crier will both be on scholarship starting this semester.

Jennings played in 11 games and was the team's second leading rusher with 451 yards. He transferred to Arizona after two years at Arizona Western.

Crier, a freshman from Houston, is expected to contend for the starting punter's job next year now that Nick Folk has moved on.

Folk Steptoe and Johnson have all been invited to All-Star games with another chance to showcase themselves to the NFL. Steptoe will play Sunday in the Cornerstone Bancard Hula Bowl in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Johnson will play at the Dell East-West Shrine Game in Houston on Jan. 20. Folk will play at the Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 27.

Arizona is hosting OL Adam Tello on an official recruiting visit this weekend. Tello is a three-star player and is the #35 ranked guard in the nation.

Tello twice cancelled visits to Arizona because his Norco (CA) team kept advancing in the playoffs.

Stoops attended the annual coaches convention in San Antonio in an attempt to secure replacements for Kasey Dunn and Charlie Williams, each who moved on to jobs at Baylor and North Carolina respectively. There is no timetable on when replacements will be hired, but don't be shocked if names don't come out early in the week.

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