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Tackle from Ill. to join brother at UA

Citizen Staff Writer
The Bounce



One member of the Baucus family wasn’t enough.

The University of Arizona football team received a commitment from offensive tackle Mickey Baucus on Thursday. His brother, Jack, a tight end, signed with the Wildcats in February as part of the 2009 recruiting class.

The two could some day line up next to each other.

“My brother being there is obviously huge,” Mickey said in a phone interview Thursday. “We are really close and wanted to play together in college. I’m excited to have the chance.”

The younger Baucus, from Carmel High School in Mundelein, Ill., scheduled several unofficial trips this spring to check out schools.

Arizona was the place for a 6-foot-8, 255-pound player who has good size and leverage for his tackle position.

“Combined with good flexibility for a big man, we feel he has the tools and athletic ability to start his career at left tackle,” ESPN.com wrote.

“For a person of his size, his ability to bend at the waist and knees is an attribute. . . . Can dominate at the line of scrimmage.”

Baucus took little time to accept a scholarship offer from UA offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.

“I’ve been ready to commit for two months now,” Mickey said. “This is the right choice for me. I told my brother and he was stoked.”

Jack is rehabilitating a knee injury that he suffered late in his team’s November playoff run.

“He is sprinting now and the rehab is going really well,” Mickey said.

Jack arrives in June, with Mickey slated for the 2010 season.

McDaniel going for title

Citizen Staff Report

Canyon del Oro High School graduate David McDaniel will go after his fourth straight Tucson City Amateur golf title this weekend at Randolph North.

McDaniel led the field in the first two tournament rounds last weekend at Dell Urich with a 5-under 139, and leads Ironwood Ridge High sophomore Alex McMahonby two strokes. Phil Summersett trails by four.

Play will resume Saturday at Randolph North with the five other flights. Finals will be Sunday.

McDaniel has won eight straight area amateur tournaments he has entered, winning three times each the Tucson City and Pima County amateurs and the 2006 and 2007 Oro Valley amateurs. He was not entered in the Oro Valley tournament event in 2008.

Cinco de Mayo Sunday

Citizen Staff Report

The 26th annual Cinco de Mayo 10K road race, Tucson’s oldest, will be held Sunday. The race will commence at 7 a.m., with a two-mile fun run set at 7:05.

The race course begins at Cholla High School and goes through rolling hills along Starr Pass Road.

Doug Friman of Tucson won his second Cinco de Mayo title last season (32 minutes, 36 seconds) as did Paula Morrison (36:57) in the women’s division.

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