BYU Football Opponents: 3 Post-Spring Takeaways On Arizona Football 2018
What do we know about the 2018 edition of the Arizona Wildcats?
Kevin Sumlin looks to get Bear Down atop the Pac-12 South once again
We are less than 100 days till the College Football season returns. It can’t come soon enough. I don’t need a summer to make me happy. I just need college football. But I shouldn’t complain too much about the summer heat we experience in Utah. This program we are looking at today is already experiencing a heatwave of triple-digit temps in the Arizona Wildcats. So it could be worse. But the real question around Tucson isn’t about the temps, it’s about whether or not the Kevin Sumlin era will kick off with getting the Wildcats back to winning the Pac-12 South like they did four seasons ago.
Here are three things we know about the Wildcats post-spring and heading into the summer.
Kevin Sumlin will cater the offense to his personnel
Sumlin has led high powered offenses wherever he has gone, and nothing should change in Tucson. But don’t expect him to force a scheme on the personnel he is inheriting. There will be changes, but he has enough talent already offensively to compete for a wide open Pac-12 South title.
Khalil Tate is the best Quarterback in the Pac-12
BYU will be facing arguably the top two quarterbacks from the Pac-12 this year in Tate and Jake Browning, but Tate gets the upper-hand over Browning because of his ability to run. Tate ran for 1,411 yards to go with his 1,591 yards through the air. Expect the passing yards to go up now that he is working with Sumlin and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
Sophomore linebacker Tony Fields II is a rising star out west
If the name sounds familiar to BYU fans, you’re right, it does. Tony Fields Sr. played at BYU in the 90’s at defensive back. Kalani Sitake and BYU recruited Fields II, even getting a visit to Provo, but he ultimately pledged to the Wildcats in the class of 2017. Fields made an instant impact last season in the Wildcats defensive front. Defensive Coordinator Marcel Yates was retained by Sumlin, so there’s a lot of continuity on the defensive side for the Wildcats and Fields II will be one of the stars.