There were several roster moves made by the Wildcat football team on Wednesday. The most important being he transfer of senior-to-be running back Daniel Jenkins.
Jenkins, a fourth year player, received his degree last week and will now be able to transfer without penalty to a program that offers a graduate program that Arizona does not offer. This is the same rule that Arizona used last year to lure linebacker Bryan Wagner, as well as the basketball team adding Mark Lyons over the summer.
“I just want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career here at Arizona,” Jenkins said via social media. “I came to the University of Arizona a young boy, and now I will continue on life’s journey a young man. UofA will always be a part of me, and I will never forget the lifetime friendships and memories I’ve forged here. It’s time for a new chapter in my life now.
The loss of Jenkins is not insignificant. Although Ka’Deem Carey is expected to get the bulk of the carries next year, Jenkins was the team’s third leading rusher with 293 yards and two scores and filled in admirably for Carey when he was nursing injuries against Utah and Arizona State.
For much of the season Rich Rodriguez called Jenkins a “co-starter” but he had 236 fewer carries. If Carey has injury issues next year, that could be where Arizona misses Jenkins. As it stands the Wildcats are set to return sophomore Daniel Jenkins, senior Kylan Butler and senior walk-on Elliot Taylor. Baker had 85 yards on 20 carries, while Taylor and Butler combined for 10 carries.
The Wildcat will also have redshirt freshman J.T. Washington, as well as incoming freshmen Pierre Cormier and Zachary Green to bolster the group. Newcomers Mauriece Lee and Mario Alford could also play some running back.
The Wildcat also announced that JC quarterback Jesse Scroggins had signed with the school. He will enroll in January and be eligible for spring drills.
The Cats will also add two walk-ons. Orange Coach College TE Nolan Heyer, the brother of former Wildcat pitcher Kurt Heyer, will join the squad. The 6-4, 230 pounder visited last month and has been expected for walk-on for a few weeks.
San Clemente (Calif.) High School kicker Bret Miller will also walk-on, the school and kicking coach Chris Sailor announced via twitter. Miller, who also punts, was an All-South Coast League pick and was named second-team All-County . He set a CIF-SS record with 110 consecutive PATs. He holds 10 school kicking records.