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Cats Camp 2020: Arizona Kicks Off Fall Camp

Oct 9, 2020

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona Football officially kicked off their 2020 season on Friday night as they took the field to begin fall camp and start preparations for the season opener on Nov. 7 at Utah.

The Wildcats hit the Dick Tomey Football Practice Fields and the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center as a team for the first time since early March.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin, who took in practice virtually, was encouraged by the Cats showing on day one of camp.

"The energy level was great and we were pleased with day one," he said.

Sophomore quarterback Grant Gunnell spoke to the media following practice and talked about, among other things, the progress he made during a difficult stop-and-go offseason.

"This offseason was huge for me," Gunnell said. "I made huge leaps, not even just in the offense but as a player; my feet, my arm strength, even my mental side of the game, it's been a tremendous jump I believe."
Quote of the Night
"Tonight having our first practice and going against the defense was awesome. I can't help but smile right now. It really felt like football for the first time in a long time." -Quarterback Grant Gunnell

Photo of the Night

Number of the Night - 65.2
Sophomore quarterback Grant Gunnell completed 65.2% of his passes across eight games worth of action in his freshman campaign. This mark stands as the fourth-best single-season completion percentage in program history and the best rate of any freshman Wildcat passer.

Featured Returner - Sophomore QB Grant Gunnell
Gunnell enters the 2020 season hot off a spectacular freshman season in 2019, during which he saw time in eight games and posted a 150.18 passer efficiency rating, the fifth-best single-season mark in Arizona history. He made his collegiate debut against Northern Arizona and dazzled Wildcat fans by throwing for 151 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-11 passing. His first career start came against UCLA a few weeks later and led the Cats to victory with a 352-yard passing performance that earned him Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors. 

Featured Newcomer - Freshman WR Roberto Miranda
Miranda, who hails all the way from Berlin, Germany, joins the Wildcats wide receiver corps in 2020. The wildly athletic Miranda stands at 6-foot-2, and produced impressive prep highlights, which can be found below.


For more on Miranda, let's hear from outside receivers coach, Taylor Mazzone.

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