Already making preparations for the upcoming 2020 season, perhaps there is good news for the Arizona Football team who looks to bounce back!
We’re just 202 days until the official return of Arizona Football, and while that time sounds like it is so far away, kick-off against Hawaii will be here quicker than we know it!
At this point, we’re all familiar with the porous and diminished play of the Wildcats these past two years, especially as the team has gone just 9-15 in Kevin Sumlin’s first two seasons in Tucson.
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Perhaps the good news is that Sumlin will return quite a bit of talent for 2020, and hopefully that will result in more wins!
In an article from ESPN, staff writer Bill Connelly broke down the College Football teams with the most returning production for 2020.
Surprisingly on his list of schools was Arizona. That’s right, our Arizona Wildcats!
While this shouldn’t be too surprising, as you may recall, the Cats had a number of younger players play on both sides of the ball, and naturally those younger players will return with invaluable game experience.
However, what may be the most surprising in all of this, is that Arizona comes in ranked 30th overall (only sitting behind USC and Stanford in the Pac-12), returning 73 percent of their entire production from last season.
The good news here, is that with 79 percent of their production returning on the defensive side of the ball, the Wildcats come in at No. 24 overall based on that metric.
Statistically speaking, even though Arizona’s defense wasn’t at all great, with the new hires on the defensive side of the ball, they will have some talent to work with, and perhaps that means better results on defense!
Offensively is where the Cats will have the biggest challenge. Cited by Connelly, Arizona returns 66 percent of their offensive production, which ranks 63rd overall.
Either way, seeing Arizona return a large contingency of their players from last year that played, is a good thing!
At Zona Zealots, we’re excited for the potential of next season, and hope the Cats can put together a solid season! As always, Bear Down, Arizona!