|The Arizona football team begins its 2013 season against Northern Arizona at Arizona Stadium on Aug. 30, which is 79 days away. From now until then, WILDABOUTAZCATS.net will count down the days with facts about the Wildcats, their players, coaching staff and opponents. This is not a ranking, only a list of 100 facts and observances related to the 2013 Arizona football team and coach Rich Rodriguez.||
With Arizona’s history, as kickers go, in most cases, so go the Wildcats.
Some of the UA’s best place-kickers — Max Zendejas, Gary Coston, Doug Pfaff and Steve McLaughlin — helped make the Wildcats winners with their game-winning heroics and production.
The Wildcats had a combined record of 91-52-7 when Zendejas, Coston, Pfaff and McLaughlin served as the placekickers from 1982-1994.
Arizona had only one losing season in the 13 seasons in which Zendejas, Coston, Pfaff and McLaughlin were the placekickers. That was in 1991 when the Wildcats finished 4-7 and McLaughlin was the kicker. McLaughlin, a freshman in 1991, tried only six field goals that season and made three.
That’s the least amount of attempts for a regular starting placekicker in the UA’s Pac-10/12 existence. It was the lowest since Mike DeSylvia went 3 for 7 in 1971.
Between 1995 and 2003 — a span of nine seasons — the Wildcats used 11 different kickers. The UA was 52-60 in that stretch.