One freshman most feel can see the field right away for the Arizona Wildcat football team is safety Marquis Flowers. New defensive backs coach Greg Brown raved about Flowers when he met with the media after spring drills and his high school defensive coordinator also has great things to say about Flowers.
Marquis Flowers (Canyon Allis/WildcatSportsReport.com)
“He’s a very smart athlete,” Justin Argraves explained. “He really understands the game. He knows how to read where the play is going and has the physical ability to make plays.”
His instincts for the game are a key in his ability to be effective.
“He has a knack for the ball,” Argraves said. “He is able to sniff out plays before they happen.”
For more on Argraves’ thoughts on his former player, see my feature at WildcatSportsReport.com.
Argraves is the new head coach at Mountain View High School and thinks he has another terrific defensive player in senior Ares Hyman.
“He’s a D-I player in my mind,” Argraves said. “He’s a really good linebacker and he’ll play tight end for us as well.”
Hyman is a bit of an unknown right now. He missed part of his junior season with mono and will be featured more this year in the Mountain Lions’ 3-4 defense. He has nice speed, running hurdles and sprints last year for the Mountain View track team, and boasts a 3.6 GPA.
Right now he does not have any offers, but Argraves is confident he will have some suitors by the end of the year.
New Wildcat co-coordinators Tim Kish and Brown have already shown some tweaks to the Arizona defensive scheme. They showed off their cheetah formation, utilizing four defensive ends at once in the spring and more twists should be coming this fall.
Expect Adam Hall to see time at nickel back and linebacker. Word is that the sophomore from Palo Verde has put on a lot of weight and may eventually outgrow the free safety spot. That is no surprise, one SEC assistant coach told us after Hall signed with the Cats that he had the ability and frame to bulk up and play defensive end.
Speaking of ends, two current players will be moving between end and linebacker. Linebacker C.J. Parrish will get work with the defensive ends this fall, while defensive end Mohammed Usman could get work at linebacker in certain schemes. Both players have good size and versatility.
So who would I vote for in the WildAboutAZCats Bear Down Leader finals? While my heart is with Sean Elliott, I think Jennie Finch best represents the intent of the contest. Due to her current relevance in her sport and in pop culture, she gets the nod over the players who is most responsible for bringing the Wildcat basketball program into the elite of college basketball.