Tag: football

Magnificent Murray has Cardinals rolling with 4-0 start
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Magnificent Murray has Cardinals rolling with 4-0 start

Associated PressArizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray throws during the first half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Oct. 3 in Inglewood, California. By DAVID BRANDTAssociated Press TEMPE — Kyler Murray has progressed from a pretty good quarterback to one of the NFL's elite in a hurry. It's a big reason why the Arizona Cardinals look as if they're on the same track. Arizona is 4-0 for the first time since 2012 after a 37-20 win over the previously unbeaten Los Angeles Rams. Murray went 24 of 32 for 268 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback in franchise history to complete at least 75% of his passes in three straight games. Murray often downplays his team's wins, but not on Sunday. Instead, he's starting to see the prog...
Q&A with Los Angeles Charges wide receiver and Pima alum Jeff Cotton
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Q&A with Los Angeles Charges wide receiver and Pima alum Jeff Cotton

Photo by Andy Morales (All Sports Tucson) By Troy Hutchison Millions of kids grow up dreaming of playing in the NFL and becoming stars like their favorite players that they see on television. However, chances of achieving this are slim, as according to the NCAA, only 3.8 percent of college football players make it to the next level. Former Mountain View and Pima Community College (PCC) player Jeff Cotton is closer to making that dream a reality as a practice squad player for the Los Angeles Chargers. While at PCC he was coached by current Athletic Director (AD) Jim Monaco from 2015 to 2017 before the football program got shut down in 2018. Cotton then moved on to Idaho for his final two years of college football, where he established himself as a top target racking in 1,141 yards on 137 ...
The Birds Are Back in Town: Arizona Cardinals Look to Get Back to Winning Ways
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The Birds Are Back in Town: Arizona Cardinals Look to Get Back to Winning Ways

By Nate Martinez It's time to bust out your favorite chips n dip and grab that 30 case of beer on sale because football is back.  For many, this feeling is comparable to the feeling of taking your crush on a date for the first time or running downstairs to find Christmas presents; it's just pure innocent excitement! This feeling of excitement doubles if you are an Arizona Cardinals fan. The Bird Gang look to build off an offseason filled with hype and make a run deep into the playoffs. Given the offseason trades, a stellar draft-class, a killer receiving core and a quarterback that has limitless potential, things seem to be looking pretty good for the Cardinals.  Before the Cardinals kick off their season against their longtime rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, let’s recap some of the bi...
Kliff Kingsbury Has Sean Mcvay’s Chin, But Does He Have His Stones?
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Kliff Kingsbury Has Sean Mcvay’s Chin, But Does He Have His Stones?

By Kyle Kersey Overtime. 1:10 on the clock. Fourth and seven on your opponent’s 47 yard line. You’re currently rostering the supposed “next big thing” as your quarterback (irony intentional), and he’s led you back from down 18 in the fourth quarter. The question at hand: do you go for it? It’s been a running joke in NFL circles all offseason: the Arizona Cardinals, tired of losing to the Los Angeles Rams, are now trying to copy them with their latest head coaching hire, Kliff Kingsbury. He sports the handsome good looks and youthful charm of the Rams’ very own Sean McVay, as well as exciting offensive ideas in a league that’s been trending towards the offensive side of the ball for the last 30 years or so.  But McVay had NFL coaching experience when he was hired by the Rams at the ripe o...
Pima Football en route to C.H.A.M.P.S.
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Pima Football en route to C.H.A.M.P.S.

Story by HANK ROBICHAUD Photos by MADYSON HOWARTH Even with the rough ending to the regular season, the Aztecs are bowl bound.  The bowl game is C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl. The game will be played Dec. 1, at ISD Stadium, in Waco, Texas, versus the Kilgore College Rangers.     For the final regular season game in Aztecs’ football history, the Aztecs hit the road to Yuma to take on the Arizona Western College Matadors.  The No. 16-ranked Aztecs fell just a bit short in a back-and-forth battle with the Matadors by the final score of 24-20.  The Aztecs were in business late as they were up 20-17 when Sophomore Macarius Blount intercepted a pass, giving the Aztecs the ball with just 2:18 left on the clock.  The offense was not able to convert a first down, which led to a punt and o...
Brooks Ringer, the Aztecs’ gunslinger
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Brooks Ringer, the Aztecs’ gunslinger

By Hank Robichaud Brooks Ringer, a 19-year-old freshman quarterback from Orem, Utah, recently had an amazing game against Phoenix College, on Sept. 22 completing 22 of 30 passes and throwing for 457 yards. This performance of Ringer earned him NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week. Ringer moved here this year to be a part of the Aztecs’ football program. A short time (two games) after the move, Brooks was named the starter and he did not look back. “I had a great battle between the two, and that was really hard,” said Glenn Posey, Pima’s offensive coordinator. “In the first game, Maquis started the first quarter and Brooks came in in the second. We did that the second game, too, and they were neck and neck. Then the third game, he took full grasp of the job, and as a coach that’s what y...
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Aztecs devour their veggies

By HANK ROBICHAUD   Pima Community College football team had its home opener on Sept. 29, defeating the No. 4 Scottsdale Artichokes. The Artichokes came into the game with a 4-0 record, while Pima came in 2-1. The Aztecs’ defense played great all night, however, and caused four turnovers. Sophomore Macarius Blount brought in two interceptions, while sophomore Christian Maddoux had one. Leonard Lee had the biggest of them all to change the momentum of the game for the Aztecs. “I try and put in hours of film study a week also what we did was we try to disguise our coverages a lot,” defensive back Lee said. “I ended up dropping to the deep third, saw the seam route coming, and I jumped it.” Pima’s offense couldn’t get it going early in the first half, only scoring the one touch...