With several Pac-12 teams upgrading their talent this offseason, Arizona Football will have to get with the program or get left behind.
Nothing like beating apathy with necessity! When head coach Jedd Fisch took over the Arizona Football program roughly two years ago, it was evident that he inherited a program that was on life support.
In desperate need of a jolt of life, the Wildcats needed an infusion of talent and a culture change in the worst way possible.
Fast forward to now, and the program has come a long way in such a short amount of time. From significant upgrades in talent to better player morale, etc., Arizona is in a much better spot now than in 2020.
However, as the Wildcats posted a 5-7 (3-6) record this past season, it is clear that this group still has a way to go to get to where they need to be, to be competitive on a more consistent basis.
Beyond that, as we head into the 2023 season, the Pac-12 Conference looks to be in its best position talent-wise (from top-to-bottom) than they have been in quite some time.
So with the Pac-12 seeing a large upgrade in talent, Arizona Football will have to keep pace in the conference, otherwise, they are going to get left behind.
Iron sharpens iron, or so the adage goes, and for Arizona, that is particularly true!
As you look around the conference, Oregon will bring back Bo Nix next year, back-to-back Heisman winner Caleb Williams returns to USC, highly-touted quarterback DJ Uiagalelei transferred to Oregon State from Clemson, meanwhile, Michael Penix, Jr. returns to Washington and ASU and Colorado have made several impressive personnel additions this offseason.
If you thought things would stay stagnant in the conference this offseason, you would be wrong. Virtually every program is actively working to get better, and while Coach Fisch and Arizona are making moves as well, the Wildcats need to continue to be aggressive this offseason.
Aggressive working the transfer portal, aggressive on the recruiting trail, etc. the Wildcats will have to do what they can to keep their momentum moving in a positive direction. Should the Wildcats become apathetic at any point, the rest of the conference is going to leave them in the dust.