Rattay returns to the Cats

The travels of quarterback John Rattay have been well documented. From Tennessee to Arizona to a JC and back to Arizona. Rattay left Arizona for a chance at a better opportunity and in the end he realized that Tucson was indeed the place for him.

"I'm really excited to be coming back," Rattay said. "I can't wait to hang out with the guys and play football."

Rattay was highly touted out of high school and after a brief stint at Tennessee he came to Arizona. He lost the starting quarterback job to Jason Johnson and backed him up as a freshman. Rattay realized that Johnson would retain the starting job the next year. Instead of holding a clipboard, Rattay transferred to Pasadena City College. While many assumed he was looking to move on to a fourth school, Rattay wanted a chance to play and always considered a return to Tucson.

"I always wanted to come back," Rattay said. "I'm still friends with a lot of the guys. I'm looking forward to hanging out and enjoying being a Wildcat."

Rattay played in five games before tearing up his knee. The injury caused a lot of teams to back off and will lead to Rattay walking-on with the Wildcats. He had surgery on the knee and will be able to participate during spring practice.

"I should be running around in spring practice," said Rattay. "I should be doing a lot of things."

Rattay firmly believes he will get a legitimate shot to compete for the starting quarterback job. He is the most experienced quarterback on the roster, getting more time than Nic Costa who backed up Johnson in 2002.

"I definitely feel confident with the offense," Rattay said. "I remember a lot about how it was run, so it won't be a total learning process. I should be able to progress faster than another newcomer would."


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