Cats Camp 2020: Wildcats Continue Prep for Season Opener
TUCSON, Ariz. — The ramp-up to Nov. 7 for the Wildcats continued on Tuesday night with day four of fall camp.
The team remained in shells and kept the energy high as the offense looks to meld while the defense continues to install their new system under first-year defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads.
Following practice, linebacker Jalen Harris and wide receiver Boobie Curry joined the media via Zoom to talk weight gains, new roles, teammate chemistry, nicknames, and much more. For their full interviews, click play on the video above or head HERE.
Quote of the Night
Curry on how he got his nickname: "I actually didn't find out how I got the name [Boobie] until my junior year of high school. When I was younger my dad always called me that and I hated it for the longest time. I found out that I got it from a family friend who passed away a long time ago. I thought I had gotten it from the movie Friday Night Lights, Boobie Miles, but I got it from a family friend who was related to Jaylen Waddle, a receiver at Alabama. Me and him have become pretty close and I got it from his Auntie who passed away."
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Number of the Night — 260
Redshirt junior linebacker Jalen Harris currently clocks in at 260 pounds, a significant increase from his freshman mark of 212 pounds. The increase should help Harris with his physicality at such an important position, a key point of emphasis that Rhoads takes care to hit on regularly.
"I ran a lot and tried to gain more weight and make sure it's not bad weight," Harris said. "I've been working on staying in shape and making sure I'm strong and being able to do anything that's asked of me. [Getting up to 260] was something I didn't really know if I would be able to do it, be able to play well at, but it's working and I'm enjoying it."
Featured Returner — Sophomore WR Boobie Curry
Curry enters his second year with the Wildcats in 2020 after earning time as a freshman last season. In limited action after an early-season injury delayed his collegiate debut, Curry hauled in six catches for 68 yards while adding one kick return for 22 yards. Look for his workload and production to take a step forward this season, though, as the 6-foot-2 wideout enjoys a special relationship with Arizona's current signal caller, Grant Gunnell. The two were teammates at St. Pius X High School in Houston, where Curry reeled in an eye-popping 1,946 yards and 21 touchdowns in just 17 games from Gunnell.
Curry spoke extensively on Tuesday about his relationship with Gunnell on and off the field, and even the extension of that relationship to the Gunnell family.
"I'm very close with his family, I'm talking about family gatherings, family dinners, Thanksgivings," Curry said. "I used to kind of like stay with; they really took me in in high school and I can't thank them enough for that honestly."
Featured Newcomer — Freshman QB Will Plummer
Plummer ventured down I-10 from Gilbert to Tucson to continue his education and football career and proudly joins the Wildcats as a freshman in 2020. During his prep career at Gilbert High School, Plummer threw for over 6,800 yards and found the end zone through the air 58 times. He added to those impressive passing stats with production on the ground too, using his legs to the tune of 1,016 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1 signal caller, who was the first committed member of the Wildcats 2020 class, is the second member of his family to bring their quarterback play to the collegiate level; his older brother, Jack, is a sophomore at Purdue.
"One of the things I really liked about [Will], besides of arm talent, height, all those things you can measure, one of the qualities I love about Will is his ability to make all the different throws on a football field," offensive coordinator Noal Mazzone said of Plummer on signing day. For more from that film session, check out the video below.
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