Arizona Football, A Fisch in the Desert and Coaches Prepare for Fall Camp
The 2021 Arizona football season is just around the corner, and head coach Jedd Fisch and the Wildcats are set to start fall camp.
Arizona Head Football Coach Jedd Fisch’s first official event of the 2021 season is Pac-12 Media Day on July 27 in Los Angeles. There, Fisch will be accompanied by Senior Inside Linebacker Anthony pandy, 6-foot-1,225 and junior wide receiver Stanley berryhill iii, 5 feet-10, 185.
And in the wake of Media Day, it’s the first day of Fall Camp which should kick off at full speed the first week of August. The 2021 regular season opener kicks off shortly after Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium against the BYU Cougars on September 4 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
By now, Wildcats fans should have at least heard of Fisch’s experience in the NFL, having served 12 years on seven different teams, all primarily in roles on the offensive side of the ball, heavily inclined for a involvement with the quarterback.
Over the years, his positions have included that of offensive coordinator, passing play coordinator, quarterback coach and, to a lesser extent, wide receivers coach.
Fisch has been mentored by some of the best in professional gaming including Bill Belichick, Sean McVay, Pete Carroll, and Mike Shanahan. While his path has certainly been blessed with regard to his mentors specifically, he has been expertly prepared his entire life for the times he is about to embark on.
Ever since he was a little boy, he wanted to be a college football head coach. Fisch’s assignments as an assistant coach at the college level were with Florida, Minnesota, Miami, Michigan and UCLA in similar roles on the offensive end of the ball.
He is 1-1 for life as interim head coach at UCLA in 2017. Ricky Hunley and Fisch even worked together when Fisch was a graduate assistant in Florida, both contributing to a 2002 BCS Orange Bowl victory. .
In just a few short months, he brought a ton of energy to a fan base that was in desperate need of a spark after going through two different training regimes in eight years.
The Rodriguez era was by far the most successful, winning the Pac-12 South in 2014, before losing to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game, and ultimately falling to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.
However, Rodriguez’s sacking did not come without a bit of controversy as the Kevin Sumlin era that followed produced a lackluster 9-20 record, capped by a home blowout against ASU in Covid’s abridged season. 2020 that left all the Wildcat. fan, player and coach aspiring to take revenge on his great rival from the north.
One of the things he’s done for Re-Energize Arizona fans is hire former Wildcat All-Americans like Hunley and Chuck Cecil. Bringing Wildcat Red & Blue Blood back on the sidelines, this move also energized fans from different eras of Wildcat, as it helped dig deeper into fans’ vaults of better times. Some of us remember the successful days of Larry Smith and Dick Tomey.
Beyond that, Fisch clearly understands social media and its impact on fans and how it can be an effective tool for communicating and interacting with fans.
Its “It’s Personal” campaign and methodology of creating a “Pro” from every soccer player generates more NFL Scouts to verify Arizona players. And for players who may not be in the NFL Draft, Fisch is committed to making all players professionals in everything they do after football.
Its professional development program also includes a speaker program. In it, he asked former Wildcat basketball legend Steve Kerr to speak to the team as well as many other proven and trusted leaders.
Head coach Jedd Fisch is quickly transforming Arizona Football as he and the Wildcats prepare for the upcoming 2021 season.
Upon entering, Fisch quickly got to work and showed his ability to manage the transfer portal. Not only convincing superstar impact players like Tucsonan Sophomore Wide Receiver Jamarye Carpenter, 6ft wide receiver 1,210 and junior Stanley Berryhill III, 5-foot-10, 185 to remove their names from the transfer portal and remain Arizona Wildcats.
He also brought in Sophomore Running Back Drake Anderson, 5-foot-11, 188 from Northwestern, second cornerback Isiah rutherford, 6-foot, 195, from Notre Dame, first-year outside linebacker Jason Harris, 6-foot-7, Colorado 295 and sophomore quarterback Jordan mccloud, 6 feet even, 195 which transferred from the University of South Florida.
Additionally, Fisch has assembled a team of superstar coaches with extensive NFL and college experience, much of which includes Pac-12 experience. Assistant coaches are listed below.
Other than that, Fisch opening the spring practices and the spring game to the fans was a popular decision and something former head coach Kevin Sumlin didn’t. Fisch made the Spring Game ‘fun’ with water ball fights and Arizona football legends Bruschi and Rob Gronkowski each training a red side and a blue side.
Upon arriving at Fall Camp, Fisch will continue to have open practices on the following dates listed below.
- August 6-9
- August 11-15
- August 17-19
- 21st of August
However, one of the glaring concerns heading into fall camp is the quarterback position which appears to be a three-way race at this point between Freshman Gunner Cruz, 6ft 5in, 220, freshman Will Plummer, 6 feet 1, 210 and second year Jordan McCloud, 6 even feet, 195.
No matter who wins the No.1 spot, there is no doubt about the depth at that position. The Cats are also heavy deep in their Running Backs and Linebackers Corps.
Another group of strong positions is the Wide Receivers led by Coach Cummings who come to Tucson via San Jose State.
As a former Pac-12 player with the Oregon State Beavers, Cummings is no stranger to the electric and rowdy atmosphere Arizona Stadium brings after playing here himself. Cummings will surely have his receivers on point and ready to play, because in addition to Joiner and Berryhill III, look for Junior Brian Casteel, 6 even feet, 203 and second year Crazy curry, 6-foot-2, 209 for being very strong, especially due to their difficult running abilities to gain yards after catch.
Finally, congratulations to Sophomore Running Back Michael Wiley, 5-foot-11, 207 for being named to the Doak Walker Award watchlist for the 2021 season, and congratulations to the Senior Center Josh mccauley, 6ft 4in, 297 for being named to the Rimington Trophy Watchlist for the 2021 season. As always, Bear Down Arizona and Go Cats!