After hinting that Arizona Football could see a lot of roster turnover, the Wildcats had a busy day in the transfer portal yesterday.
Well, head coach Jedd Fisch didn’t lie when he addressed the media after Arizona Football beat ASU just a couple of weeks ago.
If you recall, Jedd spoke at length, talking about the programs’ off-season plans, and that we would likely see a ton of roster turnover.
Natural, for any program that is still rebuilding, you can expect a lot of attrition with the roster, and remember, technically, we are just in year three of what is supposed to be a lengthier rebuild.
While the team showed a ton of progress in year two, there were still several glaring issues, particularly on defense, and those things were going to be corrected this off-season.
And on Sunday, Arizona Football had a busy day as the team saw several current players and starters announce they were entering the transfer portal.
Monday starts the official contact period for coaches to be able to contact players that are in the transfer portal, so naturally, Arizona saw several of their players put their names in.
A big-time starter and major contributor on defense for the Wildcats, Jaxen was one of the more surprising names to enter. Even amid Arizona’s struggles, Turner was one of the better safeties Arizona had, and he led the team in tackles with 79 (54 solo).
Again, one of the bigger contributors on defense, this one is a bit surprising. Granted, Kyon did see his production dip a bit this year; however, he was one of the more consistent contributors on a defense that struggled quite a bit in 2022, so losing his experience hurts.
More of a rotational player that saw more playing time as the season progressed, Paris has entered his name into the transfer portal. Somewhat surprising, he did show some things in 2022, so losing his production does hurt a bit.
A player that saw his playing time diminish as the season went on, Kolbe enters the transfer portal after appearing in seven games and totaling 24 tackles (12 solo).
Again, another rotational player that saw a decent amount of action this season, Dion enters the transfer portal after appearing in 10 games and totaling 19 tackles (7 solo), 1.0 tackles for loss, and 1.0 sacks.
At the end of the day, the losses hurt, but aren’t entirely surprising as Coach Fisch did say several players would be moving on, so, unfortunately, this was all inevitable. It will be interesting to see who this staff brings in to replace them!