2015 Arizona Wildcats football team

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2015 Arizona Wildcats football
Arizona Wildcats logo.svg
New Mexico Bowl champion
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
2015 record7–6 (3–6 Pac-12)
Head coachRich Rodriguez (4th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorCalvin Magee (4th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorRod Smith (4th season)
Offensive schemeNo-huddle spread option
Defensive coordinatorJeff Casteel (4th season)
Base defense3–3–5
Captain
Home stadiumArizona Stadium
(Capacity: 56,029)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 3 Stanford x$   8 1         12 2  
No. 19 Oregon   7 2         9 4  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
California   4 5         8 5  
Washington   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   0 9         2 10  
South Division
USC xy   6 3         8 6  
No. 17 Utah x   6 3         10 3  
UCLA   5 4         8 5  
Arizona State   4 5         6 7  
Arizona   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   1 8         4 9  
Championship: Stanford 41, USC 22
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Arizona Wildcats football team represented the University of Arizona in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It marked the Wildcats's 116th overall season, 38th as a member of the Pac-12 Conference and its 5th within the Pac-12 South Division. The team was led by head coach Rich Rodriguez, in his fourth year, and played its home games at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ for the 87th straight year. They finished the season 7–6, 3–6 in Pac-12 play to finish in fifth place in the South Division. They were invited to the New Mexico Bowl where they defeated New Mexico.

Before the season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

Led by Rich Rodriguez in his third year as head coach, the Arizona Wildcats finished the 2014 regular season with a 10–4 record (7–2 in Pac-12 play), marking the second time the program had ten wins in a season. They won the Pac-12 South Division for the first time in school history, thereby advancing to the Wildcats' first Pac-12 Football Championship Game, where they faced the Oregon Ducks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California before losing 51–13. The Wildcats played in one of the New Year's Six bowls in the first year of the College Football Playoff with a berth in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, the school's third major bowl appearance, where they faced the Boise State Broncos, losing 38–30.

Recruiting class[edit]

The Wildcats would go on to land another top 10 recruiting class in 2015 (#41 by Scout, #41 by Rivals, #39 by ESPN, and #41 by 247).

The Wildcats would also add two transfer players: graduate student David Catalano (OL) from San José State who is able to play immediately, as well as John Kenny (LB) from Iowa who sit out two years to satisfy the NCAA's transfer rule.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Matt Morin
#1 TEH (JC)
Murrieta, CA Riverside Community College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 245 lb (111 kg) - Sep 15, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:2/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Anthony Fotu
#5 DT (JC)
Oakland, CA Laney College 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 285 lb (129 kg) - Dec 17, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Keenan Walker (G)
#8 OT
Scottsdale, AZ Chaparral High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 282 lb (128 kg) - Apr 26, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Paul Maglorie
#11 S (JC)
Fort Lauderdale, FL Arizona Western College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 215 lb (98 kg) - May 22, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Dane Cruikshank
#13 CB (JC)
Pomona, CA Citrus College 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) - Aug 6, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Darrell Cloy Jr.
#16 TE
Pico Rivera, CA La Habra High School/Milford Academy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 245 lb (111 kg) - Jul 27, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Cody Creason
#34 OG
Folsom, CA Folsom High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 260 lb (120 kg) - Jul 27, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Devon Brewer
#51 CB
Fresno, CA Central High School/Milford Academy 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) - Jun 5, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Anthony Mariscal
#51 S
Bakersfield, CA Liberty High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 188 lb (85 kg) - Jun 17, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Samuel Morrison
#53 CB
Ashburn, VA Gonzaga College High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg) - Jun 10, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Orlando Bradford
#55 RB
Shreveport, LA Calvary Baptist Academy 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 200 lb (91 kg) - Jun 6, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Harper Sherman (G)
#66 OT
New Westminster, BC, Canada New Westminster Secondary School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 260 lb (120 kg) - Aug 1, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Alex Kosinski
#74 OG
Larkspur, CA Redwood High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 280 lb (130 kg) -  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Finton Connolly
#77 DT
Gilbert, AZ Campo Verde High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 250 lb (110 kg) - Nov 24, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Antonio Parks (G)
#84 CB
Reserve, LA East St. John High School 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 171 lb (78 kg) - Jul 4, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Kendal Franklin
#89 LB
New Orleans, LA Warren Easton High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 219 lb (99 kg) - Jul 8, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Cedric Peterson
#89 WR
Moreno Valley, CA Rancho Verde High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 189 lb (86 kg) - Jun 20, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Shun Brown
#92 WR
Shreveport, LA Calvary Baptist Academy 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) - Oct 11, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Darick Holmes Jr.
#105 WR
Camarillo, CA Newbury Park High School 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 165 lb (75 kg) - Mar 29, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Sharif Williams
#112 DT
Fresno, CA Central High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 290 lb (130 kg) Jul 28, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Jace Whittaker
#118 CB
Oceanside, CA Oceanside High School 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 175 lb (79 kg) - Jun 25, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Brion Anduze
#125 TE–DL
Silverdale, WA Central Kitsap High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) - Jun 20, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Nathan Eldridge
#141 OG
Anthem, AZ Boulder Creek High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 265 lb (120 kg) - Aug 9, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Oliver Graybar
PK/P
Reno, NV Reno High School 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 200 lb (91 kg) -  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #41   Rivals: #41  247Sports: #42  ESPN: #39
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Arizona Signee List 2015". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Football Recruiting: Arizona". Scout.com. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  • "2015 Player Signees- Arizona". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  • Grayshirt

Early Enrollees

Returning starters[edit]

Returning players that started all or a significant amount of games in the 2014 season. Arizona returns 30 starters (including fifteen on offense, twelve on defense, and three on special teams).

Offense

Indicates player was a starter in 2014 but missed all of 2015 due to injury and Carter Wood will end of his career of the season due to injury.

Departures[edit]

The Wildcats would lose 20 seniors to graduation as well as no juniors who would choose to forgo their senior season in pursuit of an earlier NFL career. The Wildcats would lose five more players from the 2014 team due to various reasons.

Name Position Year Reason
Austin Hill WR rsSR Graduation/NFL (New York Jets—UFA)
Blair Tushaus TE rsSR Graduation
Jared Tevis S rsSR Graduation
Adonis Smith RB rsSR Graduation
Jesse Scroggins QB rsSR Graduation
Jonathan McKnight CB rsSR Graduation
Dan Pettinato DL rsSR Graduation
Brendan Murphy CB rsSR Graduation
Ethan Keyserling PK/P rsSR Graduation
Terris Jones-Grigsby RB rsSR Graduation
Jourdon Grandon FS rsSR Graduation
Mickey Bacus C SR Graduation/NFL (forced him to end career from NFL)
Blake Brady S rsSR Graduation
Fabbians Ebbele OL rsSR Graduation
Chase Gorham LS SR Graduation
Hank Hobson LB SR Graduation
Tra'Mayne Bondurant S SR Graduation
Carter Wood OL rsSR Graduation (injury forced him to end career)
Yamen Sanders S SO Transferred to Montana
Timmy Hamilton DE JR Transferred to Kansas
Trevor Ermisch S SR Graduation
Steven Gurrola OL SR Graduation
Jordan Poland OL rsFR Transferred to Arizona Western CC (after he arrest for trafficking)
Connor Brewer QB rsSO Transferred to NAU and then to Virginia
Kaelin Deboskie WR rsFR Transferred

Transfers[edit]

  • David Catalano (from San José State)
  • John Kenny (from Iowa)
  • Jarek Hilgers (from Arizona State)
  • Jack Kness-Knezinskis (from Scottsdale CC)

Offense[edit]

  • Connor Brewer (to Virginia)
  • Jordan Poland (to Arizona Western CC)
  • Kaelin DeBoskie

Defense[edit]

  • Yamen Sanders (to Montana)
  • Timmy Hamilton (to Kansas)

Spring football[edit]

2015 Arizona Wildcats Football Spring Game – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Blue 30 36 20086
White 30 30 34094

at Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ

  • Date: April 10, 2015
  • Game time: 6:00 PM MT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • TV: Pac-12 Network
Game information

Winter/Spring 2015 "way-too-early" pre-season rankings from most major sports news outlets, issued after the end of the 2014 season tabbed the 2015 Arizona Wildcats at #13 (ESPN-Martin Rickman),[1] #14 (Sports Illustrated),[2] #17 (CBSSports),[3] and #13 (ESPN-Mark Schlabach).[4]

Fall Camp[edit]

In July, the defending Pac-12 South champions Arizona Wildcats were picked to finish at fourth place in the Pac-12 preseason polls. Arizona was ranked #22 in both the preseason Amway (USA Today) Coaches Poll[5] and the preseason AP Poll.,[6] with the first practice scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 5. Camp practices are generally closed to the media and public, unless otherwise announced.

Depth chart[edit]

Depth Chart Source: 2015 Arizona Wildcats Football Fact Book[10]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Arizona
Alma Mater
Rich Rodriguez Head Coach 4 West Virginia (1986)
Calvin Magee Associate Head Coach, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs 4 South Florida (1990)
Rod Smith Co-Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 4 Glenville State (1997)
Jeff Casteel Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers 4 CALU (1993)
Matt Caponi Assistant Coach/Safeties 4 Mount Union (2005)
Tony Dews Assistant Coach/Wide Receivers coach and Passing Game Coordinator 4 Liberty (1996)
Bill Kirelawich Assistant Coach/Defensive Line 4 Salem (1969)
David Lockwood Assistant Coach/Cornerbacks 4 West Virginia (1989)
Jim Michalczik Assistant Coach/Offensive Line 2 Washington State (1988)
Charlie Ragle Assistant Coach/Tight Ends/Special Teams 4 Eastern New Mexico (1998)
Matt Dudek Director of On-Campus Recruiting and Player Personnel 4 Pittsburgh (2003)
Mike Parrish Assistant Athletic Director, Football Operations 4 West Virginia (2006)
Billy Kirelawich Director of Football Operations 4 West Virginia (2008)
Jahmile Addae Football Analyst 3 West Virginia (2005)
Dusty Rutledge Operations Coordinator 1 Fairmont State (1991)
Chris Allen Associate Athletic Director, Strength and Conditioning 4 West Virginia (2000)
Parker Whiteman Director of Skill Development 4 Shepherd (2006)
Vincent Amey Football Analyst 3 Arizona State (1998)
Wendell Neal Associate AD of Equipment Operations 18 Arizona (1998)
Michael Barnett Assistant Director of Equipment Operations 3 Arizona (2013)
Troy Ramsey Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning 2 North Texas (2007)
Ovid Goulbourne Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning 3 West Virginia (2009)
Miek DiAngelo Defensive Graduate Assistant 3 Baldwin Wallace (2006)
Kylan Butler Offensive Graduate Assistant 2 Arizona (2013)
Kyle Quinn Offensive Graduate Assistant 1 Arizona (2012)
Brett Gerch Assistant Coach/Strength and Conditioning 2 Appalachian State (2000)
Miguel Reveles Football Analyst 3 La Verne (2010)
Tim Cummins Video Coordinator 11 Arizona (2004)
Brian Riden Assistant Video Coordinator 5 Arizona (2011)

Coaching Staff Sources: ArizonaWildcats.com[11]

Roster[edit]

Offense

Quarterbacks

  • 8 Jerrard Randall (C) - RS Senior
  • 12 Anu Solomon (C) – RS Sophomore
  • 13 Brandon Dawkins – RS Freshman
  • 14 Zach Werlinger – RS Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Cayleb Jones - RS Junior
  • 2 Tyrell Johnson – Sophomore
  • 4 David Richards (C) – RS Senior
  • 5 Trey GriffeyRS Junior
  • 10 Samajie Grant – Junior
  • 16 Shun Brown – Freshman
  • 18 Cedric Peterson – Freshman
  • 24 Darick Holmes Jr. – Freshman
  • 30 Johnny Jackson (C) – RS Senior
  • 39 Tony Ellison – RS Freshman
  • 81 Mo Mohamed - Freshman
  • 82 Bryant O'Georgia - Sophomore
  • 84 Abraham Mendivil – RS Sophomore
  • 87 Jordan Morgan - Freshman
  • 89 Gabe Vasquez - Junior
 

Running Backs

  • 5 Jamardre Cobb – RS Freshman
  • 7 Jonathan Haden – RS Freshman
  • 21 Orlando Bradford – Freshman
  • 23 Jared Baker (C) – RS Senior
  • 28 Nick WilsonSophomore
  • 31 Weston Barlow - Freshman
  • 32 Khaylub Thompson - Freshman
  • 34 Zach Green – RS Sophomore
  • 38 Branden Leon – Freshman
  • 40 Jarett Mitchell – RS Freshman

Offensive Lineman

  • 53 Chase Hanlon – RS Junior
  • 55 Levi Walton – RS Freshman
  • 58 Layth Friekh – RS Freshman
  • 59 Christian Lopez – Freshman
  • 61 Cayman Bundage – Senior
  • 62 Aiulua Fanene – RS Junior
  • 64 Nathan Elridge – Freshman
  • 65 Zach Hemmila – RS Junior
  • 67 Gerhard de Beer – RS Sophomore
  • 68 David Catalano – RS Senior
  • 69 Christian Boettcher – Senior
  • 70 T.D. Gross – RS Junior
  • 72 Freddie Tagaloa – RS Junior
  • 73 Jack Knees-Knezinskis – Junior
  • 74 Alex Kosinski – Freshman
  • 75 Kaige Lawrence (C) – RS Senior
  • 76 Cody Creason – Freshman
  • 77 Lene Maiava (C) – RS Senior
  • 78 Jacob Alsadek – RS Sophomore
 

Tight Ends

  • 15 Matt Morin – Junior
  • 17 Josh Kern – RS Junior
  • 48 Brian Anduze – Freshman
  • 88 Trevor Wood – Sophomore

Defense

Defensive Lineman

  • 8 Reggie Gilbert (C) – RS Senior
  • 42 Anthony Fotu – Junior
  • 55 Jeff Worthy (C) – Senior
  • 60 Luca Bruno – RS Sophomore
  • 86 Justin Belknap - Junior
  • 90 Shariff Williams – Freshman
  • 91 Finton Connolly – Freshman
  • 92 Jack Banda – RS Sophomore
  • 93 Parker Zellers – RS Sophomore
  • 94 Calvin Allen – RS Sophomore
  • 96 Marcus Griffin – RS Freshman
  • 98 Roc Russell – RS Sophomore
  • 99 Sani Fuimaono – Junior

Linebackers

  • 2 Marquis Ware - RS Freshman
  • 4 Antonio Smothers – Senior
  • 18 Brandon Rutt – RS Freshman
  • 24 RJ Morgan – RS Sophomore
  • 32 DeAndre' Miller – RS Sophomore
  • 33 Scooby Wright IIIJunior
  • 43 Kendal Franklin – Freshman
  • 45 Derrick Turituri – Junior
  • 47 Jake Matthews - Junior
  • 48 Kevin Hamlett Jr. - RS Freshman
  • 49 Hayden Gregory- RS Senior
  • 50 Carrington Vaughn – Freshman
  • 51 Jason Sweet - RS Junior
  • 52 Alex King - RS Junior
  • 53 Sir Thomas Jackson – RS Senior
  • 54 Rob Kleifield - Freshman
  • 57 Coy Ippolito - RS Junior
  • 58 Tre Taylor - Sophomore
  • 59 Matthew Stagg - RS Junior
 

Cornerbacks

  • 3 Cam Denson – Sophomore
  • 9 Dane Cruikshank – Junior
  • 10 Malcolm Holland – Freshman
  • 13 Devin Holiday – Junior
  • 15 Kwesi Mashack - RS Freshman
  • 17 Jace Whittaker – Freshman
  • 19 DaVonte' Neal – RS Junior
  • 23 Devon Brewer – Freshman
  • 27 Samuel Morrison – Freshman
  • 29 Jarvis McCall Jr. – RS Sophomore
  • 35 Isaiah Strong - RS Sophomore
  • 40 Malik Moody – Freshman
  • 44 Aaron Almond - Freshman

Safeties

  • 1 Tellas Jones - RS Junior
  • 7 Jamar Allah (C) - Senior
  • 11 Will Parks (C) – Senior
  • 12 Demetrius Flanigan-Fowles - Freshman
  • 14 Paul Magloire – Junior
  • 20 Jared Hilgers – RS Sophomore
  • 25 Anthony Mariscal – Freshman
  • 26 Nick Fadelli – Freshman'
  • 28 Anthony Lopez (C) – Senior
  • 31 Patrick Stevens - Freshman
  • 34 Thomas Sawyer - 'Freshman
  • 36 Samir Hinn - Freshman
  • 37 Carter Hehr - RS Sophomore
  • 38 Trevor Niemann – RS Senior
  • 41 Francisco Diochea III - Freshman
  • 46 Albert Green – Freshman

Special Teams

Punters

  • 26 Matt Aragon - Freshman
  • 39 Drew Riggleman (C) – RS Senior

Kickers

  • 9 Josh Pollack – Sophomore
  • 36 Oliver Graybar – Freshman
  • 41 Casey Skowron (C) – RS Senior

Long Snappers

  • 54 Jose Romero – RS Senior
  • 56 Nick Reinhardt – RS Freshman
  • 63 Griffin Goudreau - Senior

Sources: 2015 Arizona Wildcats roster

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The 2015 Pac-12 schedule was officially released on September 16, 2014. On April 10, 2015, the Wildcats will play the White and Navy Blue game, the program's annual spring game. Arizona Wildcats will play four of nine games, against all four North Division schools: Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State. They will also play against five South Division opponents: Arizona State, Colorado, USC, UCLA and Utah. For their non-conference slate the Wildcats will play two of three games against UTSA of the Conference USA, Nevada of the Mountain West Conference and Northern Arizona of the FCS' Big Sky Conference. For the first year, the Cats face neither California and Oregon. The Wildcats will play all twelve games without a bye week for first time ever.

The Wildcats opened the 2015 season with a non-conference trip to Reno, Nevada, to face Nevada, its is the first since 1921, and is the return game in a home-and-home series that brought the Wolf Pack to Tucson in 2014. In other non-conference action, Arizona hosted in-state foe: Northern Arizona.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM UTSA* No. 22 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ P12N W 42–32   51,111
September 12 4:00 PM at Nevada* No. 22 Mackay StadiumReno, NV CBSSN W 44–20   24,355
September 19 8:00 PM No. 24 (FCS) Northern Arizona* No. 20 Arizona Stadium • Tucson, AZ P12N W 77–13   51,494
September 26 5:00 PM No. 9 UCLA No. 16 Arizona Stadium • Tucson, AZ ABC L 30–56   56,004
October 3 7:30 PM at No. 18 Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA P12N L 17–55   46,628
October 10 1:00 PM Oregon State Arizona Stadium • Tucson, AZ (Family Weekend) FS1 W 44–7   52,987
October 17 6:00 PM at Colorado Folsom FieldBoulder, CO FS1 W 38–31   39,666
October 24 1:00 PM Washington Statedagger Arizona Stadium • Tucson, AZ P12N L 42–45   47,847
October 31 8:00 PM at Washington Alaska Airlines Field at Husky StadiumSeattle, WA FS1 L 3–49   50,667
November 7 8:30 PM at USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ESPN L 30–38   76,309
November 14 8:00 PM No. 10 Utah Arizona Stadium • Tucson, AZ FS1 W 37–30 2OT  48,912
November 21 1:30 PM at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Territorial Cup) FS1 L 37–52   64,885
December 19 12:00 PM vs. New Mexico* University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM (New Mexico Bowl; Rivalry) ESPN W 45–37   30,289
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Mountain Standard Time.
Schedule Source: FBschedules.com[12]
Legend
  Arizona win
  Arizona loss

Game summaries[edit]

vs UTSA Roadrunners[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2-0 2014 ARI, 26-23
UTSA Roadrunners at #22 Arizona Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
UTSA 0 20 6632
#22 Arizona 14 7 14742

at Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ

Game information

To open up the season, Arizona will host UTSA (for the third time) for its first nonconference game and first home opener of the 2015 season at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. Last season, Arizona won the previous meeting, 26–23 at Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Arizona lead the all-time series with 2–0.

@ Nevada Wolf Pack[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
3-1-1 2014 ARI, 35-28
#22 Arizona Wildcats at Nevada Wolf Pack – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#22 Arizona 14 7 131044
Nevada 3 10 0720

at Mackay StadiumReno, NV

Game information

Following its game against UTSA, Arizona will host Nevada (for the sixth time) for its first true road non-conference game at Mackay Stadium in Reno, NV. Last season. Arizona won the previous meeting, 35–28 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. Arizona lead the all-time series with 3–1–1.

vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
12-1 2013 ARI, 35-0
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at #20 Arizona Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Northern Arizona 6 7 0013
#20 Arizona 7 35 142177

at Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ

  • Date: September 19, 2015
  • Game time: 8:00 PM
  • TV: Pac-12 Network
Game information

Following its game against Nevada, will close out the third non-conference game of the 2015 season and second home game, Arizona will host NAU for the fourteenth time. In 2013, Arizona won the previous meeting, 35–0 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. Arizona lead the all-time series 12–1.

vs #9 UCLA Bruins[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
15-22-2 2014 UCLA, 7-17
#9 UCLA Bruins at #16 Arizona Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#9 UCLA 14 28 7756
#16 Arizona 7 7 9730

at Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ

  • Date: September 26, 2015
  • Game time: 5:00 pm
  • TV: ABC
Game information

At Arizona Stadium, Tucson

After its final non-conference game against NAU, Arizona will begin the Pac-12 portion of its schedule against UCLA (for thirty-ninth time) at first home conference game of the 2015 season.

In a Pac-12 South showdown that prompted College GameDay to pay its second visit to the University of Arizona campus for the first time since 2009. The Fans and the Arizona Wildcats players all wore red with the intent to "Red Out UCLA".

Last season, UCLA won the previous meeting, 17–7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. UCLA lead the all-time series 22–15–2.

@ Stanford Cardinal[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
Tied at 14-14 2012 STAN, 48-54 OT
Arizona Wildcats at Stanford Cardinal– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Arizona 0 3 14017
#18 Stanford 13 14 21755

at Stanford StadiumStanford, CA

  • Date: October 3, 2015
  • Game time: 7:30 PM
  • TV: P12N
Game information

Following its game against UCLA, Arizona will host the Stanford (for thirty-sixth time) on the first road conference game of the 2015 season. In 2012, Stanford won the previous meeting 54–48 in OT at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, CA. Two school programs tied the all-time series with 14-14.

vs Oregon State Beavers[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
21-14 2012 OSU, 35-38
Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Oregon State 0 7 007
Arizona 13 21 10044

at Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ

  • Date: October 10, 2015
  • Game time: 1:00 PM
  • TV: FS1
Game information

Following its game against Stanford, Arizona will host the Oregon State (for the thirty-seventh time) at home. In 2012, Oregon State won the previous meeting, 38–35 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. Arizona lead the all-time series 21-14-1.

@ Colorado Buffaloes[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
4-13 2014 ARI, 38-20
Arizona Wildcats at Colorado Buffaloes – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Arizona 17 0 02138
Colorado 7 10 7731

at Folsom FieldBoulder, CO

  • Date: October 17, 2015
  • Game time: 6:00 pm
  • TV: FS1
Game information

Following its game against Oregon State, Arizona will host the Colorado (for the eighteenth time) on the road at Folsom Field in Boulder, CO. Last season, Arizona won the previous meeting 38–20 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. Colorado lead all-time series 13-4.

vs Washington State Cougars[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
26-14-1 2014 ARI, 59-27
Washington State Cougars at Arizona Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Washington State 14 17 7745
Arizona 0 21 71442

at Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ

  • Date: October 24, 2015
  • Game time: 1:00 pm
  • TV: P12N
Game information

Following its game against Colorado, Arizona will host the Washington State (for the forty-first time) at home for the Homecoming game. Arizona won the previous meeting, 59–27 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA. Arizona lead the all-time series 26-14-1.

@ Washington Huskies (Halloween)[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
11-19 2014 ARI, 27-26
Arizona Wildcats at Washington Huskies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Arizona 3 0 003
Washington 7 14 21749

at Husky StadiumSeattle, WA

  • Date: October 31, 2015
  • Game time: 6:00 pm
  • TV: FS1
Game information

Following its game against Washington State, Arizona will host the Washington (for the thirty-first time) on the road at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA. Last season, Arizona won the previous meeting 27–26 in a game-winning field goal attempt at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. Washington lead all-time series 19-11-1.

@ USC Trojans[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
8-30 2014 USC, 26-28
Arizona Wildcats at USC Trojans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Arizona 7 10 31030
USC 0 17 02138

at Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA

  • Date: November 7, 2015
  • TV: ESPN
Game information

Following its game against Washington, Arizona will host the USC (for the thirty-ninth time) on the road at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Last season, USC won the previous meeting 28–26 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. USC lead all-time series 30-8.

vs Utah Utes[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
18-20-2 2014 ARI, 42-10
Utah Utes at Arizona Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 34OT2OTTotal
Utah 7 10 1003030
Arizona 17 3 703737

at Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ

  • Date: November 14, 2015
Game information

Following its game against USC, Arizona will play its final home conference game of the 2015 season against Utah (for the 40th time). Last season, Arizona won the previous meeting by a score of 42–10 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT. Utah lead the all-time series 20–18–2.

@ Arizona State Sun Devils - Territorial Cup[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
48-39-1 2014 ARI, 42-35
Arizona Wildcats at Arizona State Sun Devils – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Arizona 0 10 131437
Arizona State 14 17 02152

at Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ

  • Date: November 21, 2015
  • Game attendance: 64,885
  • Referee: Referee: M. Mothershed • Umpire: R. Meisenheimer • Linesman: K. Mattson • Line judge: M. Dornan • Back judge: S. Steichen • Field judge: M. Hall • Side judge: M. Weseloh • Center judge: D. Wilson
  • TV: FS1
Game information

Following its home finale against Utah, Arizona will face Arizona State (for the eighty-ninth time) in the 116th meeting of "The Territorial Cup" on a road finale. Arizona won the previous meeting and clinch the 2014 Pac-12 South title, 42-35 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, AZ. Arizona lead the all-time series 48–39–1.

vs New Mexico Lobos - New Mexico Bowl[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
43-20-3 2008 UNM, 36-28
Arizona Wildcats vs New Mexico Lobos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Arizona 7 21 14345
New Mexico 3 14 14637

at University StadiumAlbuquerque, NM

  • Date: December 19, 2015
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance: 30,289
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers:  
Game information

Following its road finale against Arizona State, Arizona will face New Mexico (for the sixty-seventh time) in the New Mexico Bowl on a 2015 season finale. Arizona won the previous meeting, 20-14 at Tucson in 1997 and loss the previous meeting, 36-28 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM in 2008. Arizona lead the all-time series 43-20–3.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 22 22 20 16 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches 22 20 19 16 RV RV NR RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

As of 09/04/2015.

Non-conference opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
Arizona 35 49 41 38 163
All opponents 9 37 6 13 65

Pac-12 opponents

1 2 3 4OT2OT Total
Arizona 64 65 50 5237 241
Pac-12 opponents 62 117 73 5630 311

Score total by Quarters

1 2 3 4OT2OT Total
Arizona 99 114 91 9037 404
All opponents 71 154 79 6930 376

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

Key: POS: Position, SOLO: Solo Tackles, AST: Assisted Tackles, TOT: Total Tackles, TFL: Tackles-for-loss, SACK: Quarterback Sacks, INT: Interceptions, BU: Passes Broken Up, PD: Passes Defended, QBH: Quarterback Hits, FF: Forced Fumbles, FR: Fumbles Recovered, BLK: Kicks or Punts Blocked, SAF: Safeties

Special teams[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Preseason awards[edit]

Preseason All-Americans[edit]

Arizona had nine players selected as Preseason All-Americans going into the season. Anu Solomon was largely recognized on the second team of those organizations which published preseason lists. Cayleb Jones and Scooby Wright III were recognized as unanimous Preseason All-Americans, with Jones being selected to the first team of every publication.

Drew Riggleman
  • Phil Steele Preseason First Team All-American
Scooby Wright III
  • Bleacher Report's 2015 College Football Preseason All-American Team [13]
  • USA Today Preseason First Team All-American [14]
  • CBS Sports Preseason First Team All-American[15]
  • ESPN Preseason First Team All-American [16]
  • Phil Steele Preseason First Team All-American
  • SI Preseason First Team All-American
  • Athlon Preseason First Team All-American
  • USA Today Preseason Team All-American
  • CFN Preseason First Team All-American
  • Scout.com Preseason First Team All-American
  • Lindys Preseason First Team All-American
  • Preseason All-Pac-12
Will Parks
  • Athlon Preseason First Team All-American
  • Phil Steele Preseason First Team All-American
Davonte' Neal
  • Athlon Preseason First Team All-American
  • Phil Steele Preseason First Team All-American
 
Reggie Gilbert
  • Athlon Preseason First Team All-American
  • Phil Steele Preseason First Team
Freddie Tagaloa
  • Athlon Preseason First Team All-American
Nick Wilson
  • Athlon Preseason First Team All-American
  • Phil Steele Preseason First Team All-American
Cayleb Jones
  • Athlon Preseason First Team All-American
  • Phil Steele Preseason First Team All-American
  • Preseason All-Pac-12
Anu Solomon
  • CBS Sports Preseason First Team All-American
  • ESPN Preseason First Team All-American
  • Phil Steele Preseason First Team All-American
  • SI Preseason First Team All-American
  • Athlon Preseason First Team All-American
  • USA Today Preseason Team All-American
  • CFN Preseason First Team All-American

Award watch lists[edit]

Anu Solomon
  • Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List[17]
  • Manning Award Watch List[18]
  • Maxwell Award Watch List[19]
  • Davey O'Brien Award Watch List[20]
  • Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Watch List [21]
Nick Wilson
  • Maxwell Award Watch List[19]
  • Doak Walker Award Candidate[22]
Cayleb Jones
  • Biletnikoff Award Watch List[23]
  • Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List[24]
Freddie Tagaloa
  • Outland Trophy Watch List[25]
Will Parks
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List[19]
 
Scooby Wright III
  • Lott Trophy Award List [26]
  • Butkus Award Watch List
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List[19]
  • Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List[27]
  • Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List[17]
Casey Skoworon
  • AFCA Good Works Team Nominee[28]
  • Wuerffel Trophy Watch List [29]
Drew Riggleman
Rich Rodriguez

Conference awards[edit]

Award semifinalists[edit]

Players

Player of the Week honors[edit]

Week 1[33]
  • Cayman Bundage – Offensive Player of the Week
  • DaVonte’ Neal – Special Teams Player of the Week
  • Branden Leon – Scout Offensive Player of the Week
  • Kevin Hamlett Jr./Malcolm Holland – Co-Scout Defensive Player of the Week
  • De’Andre Miller – Hard Edge Player of the Week
  • Reggie Gilbert – Student Player of the Week
Week 2[34]
  • Nick Wilson – Offensive Player of the Week
  • Reggie Gilbert – Defensive Player of the Week
  • Will Parks/Jamar Allah – Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
  • Zach Werlinger – Scout Offensive Player of the Week
  • Isaiah Strong/Carrington Vaughn – Co-Scout Defensive Player of the Week
  • Cayman Bundage – Hard Edge Player of the Week
  • Shun Brown – Student of the Week
  • Anthony Lopez– Community Service Award
Week 3[35]
  • Anu Solomon - Offensive Player of the Week
  • Sani Fuimaono - Defensive Player the Week
  • Casey Skowron - Special Teams Player of the Week
  • Cedric Peterson - Scout Offensive Player of the Week
  • John Kenny - Scout Defensive Player of the Week
  • Albert Green - Scout Special Teams Player of the Week
  • Jerrard Randall - Hard Edge Player of the Week
  • RJ Morgan - Student of the Week
  • Jake Matthews - Community Service Award
Week 6[36]
  • Layth Freikh - Offensive Player of the Week
  • Will Parks - Defensive Player the Week
  • Drew Riggleman - Special Teams Player of the Week
  • Nathan Eldridge - Scout Offensive Player of the Week
  • Malik Moody - Scout Defensive Player of the Week
  • Nick Fadelli - Scout Special Teams Player of the Week
  • Jamardre Cobb - Hard Edge Player of the Week
  • Shariff Williams - Student of the Week
  • David Catalano - Community Service Award
Week 7[37]
  • Jared Baker - Offensive Player of the Week
  • Reggie Gilbert (2x) - Defensive Player the Week
  • Cody Creason - Scout Offensive Player of the Week
  • Samir Hinn - Scout Defensive Player of the Week
  • Anthony Mariscal - Scout Special Teams Player of the Week
  • Nate Phillips/Jerrard Randall - Co-Hard Edge Player of the Week
  • Jacob Alsadek - Student of the Week
Week 11
Week 12
* Week 13

N/A

* Week 14

N/A

  • Bye

All-Americans[edit]

Each year several publications release lists of their ideal "team". The athletes on these lists are referred to as All-Americans. The NCAA recognizes five All-American lists. They are the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News (SN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). If a player is selected to the first team of three publications he is considered a consensus All-American, if a player is selected to the first team of all five publications he is considered a unanimous All-American.

Key:
First team
Consensus All-American
Unanimous All-American

Pac-12 All-Conference team[edit]

The Wildcats had TBA players honored as members of the 2015 Pac-12 All-Conference team, with TBA each on the first and second teams, respectively. TBA other Wildcats earned honorable mention honors.

  • First Team
  • Second Team
  • Honorable Mention

All-Academic teams[edit]

NCAA Academic All-Americans[edit]

Pac-12 Conference All-Academic players[edit]

The Wildcats had TBA players selected to the Pac-12 Conference All-Academic Second Team, TBA players granted honorable mention and no players selected to the First Team. In order to be eligible for the academic team a player must maintain a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and play in at least 50 percent of their team's games.

  • First team
  • Second Team
  • Honorable Mention

Postseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The following members of 2015 Arizona Wildcats football team were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick Team
Scooby Wright III LB
Cayleb Jones WR

NFL Scouting Combine[edit]

TBA members of the 2015 team were invited to participate in drills at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.

2016 NFL Combine Participants
# Name POS HT WT Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle 60-yd Shuttle Ref

† Top performer

Media Affiliates[edit]

Radio[edit]

TV[edit]

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