Army All-Americans not guaranteed to starby Brad Allis on Jan. 14, 2010, under Sports
Over the weekend Arizona received a commitment at the Army All-American game in San Antonio from Goodyear, Arizona’s Marquis Flowers. Flowers became the seventh Army All-American to commit to the Cats, but only the second who did it during the televised broadcast. While it is great to get a player who is so well regarded, being an Army All-American is not a guarantee of success in a Wildcat uniform.
Brandon Tatum – The ultra-athletic defensive back never ascended higher than second on the depth chart. Although he was a solid special team’s performer, he wasn’t a big enough hitter to really make an impact at safety. Tatum left the team early this season as a fifth year senior.
Daniel Borg – Borg played in the 2005 game with Tatum. The offensive lineman had a decent career, starting a handful of games early on but he left the team following the 2007 season to focus on a difficult academic major.
Devon Ross – The most successful to date of all the players. Ross had a solid career, but stardom seemed to elude him. He played as a true freshman but was not a full-time starter until his junior season. Ross was solid at corner, but was probably overshadowed a bit by the less recruited Trevin Wade. Good enough to get an invite to the NFL Combine, Ross appears to have a future at the next level. He will probably be best remembered for two plays during the 2008 season, one good, one bad. He had a key interception for a score against Cal, but also blew the coverage on the long completion in the final minutes that led to Oregon State’s game winning score.
Rob Golden – Another player who saw the field as a true freshman. Golden could not beat out Wade at corner and saw some time at nickel back in 2008 before being converted to strong safety in the spring of 2009. Started all 13 games as strong safety last season and while he was not a star, he did play well. Will start somewhere in the defensive backfield in 2010.
Solomon Koehler – Koehler came in with a lot of hype, but has not done much in his Wildcat career. Began as a defensive tackle but was moved to offense midway through his freshman season and has not cracked the starting line-up or even the solid playing rotation yet. Only a redshirt sophomore-to-be Koehler has plenty of time to make an impact.
Adam Hall – Hall played as a true freshman this past season, though most of his snaps came on special teams. After Tatum left the program, Hall decided to come out of his potential redshirt and was the No. 2 free safety for much of the year. Hall will be in the mix to replace Cam Nelson this upcoming season.