Football Welcomes Rookie Class

Aug. 5, 2002

TUCSON - University of Arizona head coach John Mackovic and staff welcomed a Wildcat football rookie class of 29 freshmen and other newcomers on reporting date Monday, signaling the start of fall training camp.

UA will field a team of 105 at the end of this week after veterans report Thursday. The newcomers who arrived on campus Monday will spend the next several days in orientation programs, plus practice twice on Tuesday and Wednesday.

'Although it's the second class we've signed, it's the first one we followed from the beginning to the end,' Mackovic said. 'This time we had a game plan from the start for the kinds of young people we wanted to bring into the program.' He was named coach in December 2001, in the middle of UA's football recruiting efforts that year.

'I felt strongly in February after signing date that this group would be the nucleus of a great legacy at Arizona, and feel that more so now,' Mackovic said.

The staff brought in six non-scholarship players not previously listed on UA rosters including redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Belshe, a transfer from Wyoming; his brother, Jake, a freshman defensive lineman; freshman safety Adam Moro; freshman running back Seth Crozier, freshman offensive lineman Eric Levitre, freshman tight end Mitchell Willis and freshman wide receiver Willis Morrison.

The new group went through equipment check, physical examinations and an evening dinner at Mackovic's home on Monday. It will have orientation sessions and practice on campus at 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, then have exclusive orientation sessions Thursday when veterans report.

Arizona football Media Day is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The entire team will practice at 8:25 a.m. and 7:10 p.m. Saturday at UA's Rincon Vista facility on South Tucson Boulevard.

Several signees from the February class did not report Monday. Freshman linebacker Marlon Brisco of Inglewood, Calif., still has transcripts being evaluated, and Mackovic said he's expected to be able to report at a later date. Freshman halfback Ra'Shawn Mosley of San Antonio, Texas, has opted to attend a junior college, Mackovic said..

The 2002 Arizona Rookie Class:

Akin Akinniyi	LB	5-11	220	Fr.	Carrollton, Texas (Creekview HS)Danny Baugher	P	5-10	185	Fr.	Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe HS)Tanner Bell	OT	6-8	324	Fr.	Castroville, Calif. (N. Monterey County HS)Jake Belshe	DL	6-2	256	Fr.	Eagar, Ariz. (St. Johns HS)Matt Belshe*	QB	6-1	225	Fr-RS	Eagar, Ariz. (Show Low HS/Wyoming)Beau Carr	RB	5-10	206	Fr.	Spring, Texas (Westfield HS)Seth Crozier	RB	6-0	198	Fr.	Pinetop, Ariz. (Blue Ridge HS)Biren Ealy	WR	6-2	175	Fr.	Houston, Texas (Cypress Falls HS)Nicholas Folk	PK	6-1	180	Fr.	Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame HS)Gilbert Harris	FB	6-1	211	Fr.	San Antonio, Texas (Churchill HS)Keith Jackson	OT	6-5	312	Fr.	Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood HS)Mike Jefferson	WR	6-2	195	Fr.	El Paso, Texas (Parkland HS)Spencer Larsen	LB	6-1	221	Fr.	Gilbert, Ariz. (Highland High School)Kili Lefotu	OL	6-5	298	Fr.	Riverside, Calif. (Arlington HS)Eric Levitre	OL	6-1	276	Fr.	Santa Cruz, Calif. (San Lorenzo Valley HS)John McKinney	LB	6-0	220	Fr.	Copperas Cove, Texas (CCHS)Jason Martin	CB	5-10	175	Fr.	Pasadena, Calif. (Muir HS)Lamon Means	S	6-3	190	Fr.	Galena Park, Texas (Galena Park HS)Adam Moro	SS	5-10	185	Fr.	Pinetop, Ariz. (Blue Ridge HS)Willis Morrison	WR	5-11	170	Fr.	Flagstaff, Ariz. (Sinagua HS)Ryan O=Hara	QB	6-6	195	Fr.	Pasadena, Calif. (Muir HS)Matt Padron	TE	6-5	259	Fr.	San Antonio, Texas (Clark HS)John Parada	OT	6-8	326	Fr.	Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma HS)Paul Philipp	DE	6-2	265	Fr.	San Bernardino, Calif. (SBHS)Gary Shepard	CB	5-10	180	Fr.	Spring, Texas (Westfield HS)Marcus Smith	DE	6-5	220	Fr.	San Diego, Calif. (Mission Bay HS)Carl Tuitavuki	DT	6-3	350	Jr.	Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro/Ricks CCTim Volk	DE	6-2	260	Fr.	Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Notre Dame HS)Mitchell Willis	TE	5-11	170	Fr.	Queen Creek, Ariz. (Queen Creek HS)
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