The annual Pac-12 Football Media Day was Friday, and Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez, linebacker Jake Fischer and Terrence Miller took the stage to answer questions from the conference’s media.
Here are some highlights from Friday’s event:
- The Wildcats were picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 South, behind UCLA, Arizona State and USC. UCLA received 12 first-place votes, Arizona State received 10 and USC received four. Oregon was picked to win the North and had 15 first-place votes. Stanford was second with 11 first-place votes.
- Oregon were the overwhelming favorites to win the conference, receiving 14 votes from the media. Stanford (8) and UCLA (3) were the only other teams with first-place votes.
- 15 players who were on the roster before Spring drills are no longer with the team. This includes wide receiver Tyler Slavin, who left the team this summer, and safety Patrick Onwuasor, who was released from the team after being indicted on four felony charges. Jarrell Bennett, T.J. Washington and Dame Ndiaye all elected to transfer and Vince Miles took a medical retirement.
- Four signed members of the Wildcats’ recruiting class were not listed on the official roster: T.J. Johnson, Mauriece Lee, Lee Walker and David Maka. Johnson, Lee and Walker failed to qualify academically and Maka left shortly after arriving for summer school.
- 19 true freshmen walk-ons were added to the roster, including quarterback Adam Friederichsen and kicker/punters Jack Flatau and Bret Miller.
- Things aren’t looking good on the Davonte Neal front. The former four-star recruit, who is more famous for his recruitment than on-field performance, transferred from Notre Dame during the offseason.
#richrod agrees with me: he doesn’t think Davonte Neal will be cleared to play this year.
— Daniel Berk (@DSBerk) July 26, 2013
- Quarterback B.J. Denker will take first-team reps when the Wildcats open practice in the fall.
- Miller was asked about Ka’deem Carey’s offseason troubles and said,”We wanted to support him and get him on the right page. He made a mistake, which tons of people do. Since then, he’s been phenomenal.”
- A reporter asked Rodriguez how much last year’s Territorial Cup loss weighs on his mind. He answered “none” and then passed the microphone to Miller and Fischer, who also said “none.”
The Wildcats begin fall practice on Aug. 3.