The Arizona football team begins its 2013 season against Northern Arizona at Arizona Stadium on Aug. 30, which is 99 days away. From now until then, this Web site will count down the days with facts about the Wildcats, their players, coaching staff and opponents. This is not a ranking, only a list of 100 facts and observances related to the 2013 Arizona football team and coach Rich Rodriguez.
On to Day 99 on our countdown. …
The Wildcats had 18 players who redshirted last season, highlighted by wide receiver Trey Griffey, son of former major-league baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. Arizona fans will finally get to watch the younger Griffey perform, especially with leading receiver Austin Hill perhaps out the whole season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Here is a list of the 18 redshirts who will be eligible to play in the fall: QB Javelle Allen, WR Jarrell Bennett, OL Beau Boyster, LB Vaughn Brinkman, S Clint Cochrane, WR Clive Georges, WR Trey Griffey, OL T.D. Gross, OL Zach Hemmila, QB Nick Isham, DL Kyle Kelley, TE Josh Kern, DL Dwight Melvin, QB Jack Nykaza, S Yamen Sanders, S Zach Streuling, and CB Shane Wilson.
“I think we played half of the freshmen and redshirted the other half,” UA coach Rich Rodriguez said of his first Arizona recruiting class before the 2012 season. “I’ve told them all, their redshirt year is over. Now is their time to show they can play and prove themselves.
“I don’t want guys talking about it; I want them showing it. Our strength staff came up with a neat saying on a shirt, it says ‘Shut up and work’. That’s perfect in its simplicity. That’s what we want our guys to do. And they’ve been working pretty hard.”