Arizona salutes veterans with ‘Dress Whites’; Cats say goodbye (for now) to the Rose Bowl

LOS ANGELES — Arizona said goodbye (for now) to the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, with UCLA set to qualify for the Big Ten in 2024.

Along the way, the Wildcats also paid tribute by donning military-themed uniforms for Veterans Day weekend.

The “Dress Whites” have red digital camo numbers and navy blue end caps. Arizona has worn the uniforms twice in 2021, including in the Territorial Cup game against Arizona State. Saturday marked the debut of the uniform in 2022.

They play our song

At halftime Saturday, the UCLA band also played the official fight song for each U.S. military branch and spelled out their full names or field initials. The Air Force was spelled “USAF” and the US Marine Corps was “USMC”.

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SoCal’s Latest Commitment Explains Why It Chose Arizona

Arizona’s newest addition to the recruiting class of 2023 hails about an hour from the Rose Bowl.

Defensive end Nicholas Fernandez, who is widely considered a three-star prospect, committed to UA over Boise State, Washington State and Colorado State, among others, in high school on Wednesday. San Pedro.

Although the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Fernandez is listed on recruiting websites as an “athlete,” meaning he’s a two-way player, he will play on the UA defensive line. . Fernandez is the sixth defensive lineman hired in Arizona’s Class 23, along with Tristan Davis (Lake Oswego, Oregon), Lucas Conti (Corona, Calif.), Dominic Lolesio (Long Beach, Calif.), Julian Savaiinnaea (Honolulu) and Tylen Gonzalez (Carlsbad, New Mexico). Fourteen of the 19 players in the Wildcats’ 23 recruiting class are defensive players.

Fernandez joined “Spears and Ali” on ESPN Tucson Thursday to talk about her engagement:

Why did you join the Wildcats?

A: “I want to play at the highest level of (Division I) football, and the Arizona Wildcats were the first to pull the trigger and they were my first Pac-12 offer. The first visit I made was definitely a big eye-opener, especially since I’m super new to this recruiting process. I’m super new, and seeing what they sold me, I was amazed to see it. As of now, I am verbally committed and it suits me perfectly and I feel 100% comfortable with them. I’m glad I made this decision to go to the U of A, because I feel like I can really grow there and they can improve me.

You’re going to be a defensive player in Arizona, aren’t you?

A: “At San Pedro High School, I’m everywhere. I’m tight end, I’m D-end, D-tackle, receiver, ‘Wildcat’ quarterback, kicker – I’m all of that. I love being in the field. Me being recruited as a defensive lineman, … that’s fine with me. I can play any position and I know I can improve with every position I play, but I think the D line is my home. D-line is where I go to make money. I feel like it’s my home and I belong. I can build my body, increase hard hands and stuff like that. I’m all for getting drafted as a D-line player.”

How would you sum up how Jedd Fisch and his team are rebuilding the program?

A: “There is definitely a construction and they are coming. What was it like two weeks ago to lose to USC by a touchdown? I thought it was a great moment, especially when the coach told me they faced four freshmen that game. It was a huge eye-opener for me too, because I want to go to a place where I have the chance to play. I’m not saying I’m going to start as a freshman or anything, but I want to have a chance to play a few games and get into this field.

What stood out to you during your visit to the UA campus and football facilities in the summer?

A: “I got to meet the players and they were real. They told me the truth and nothing negative made me walk away from Arizona. My defensive coordinator and my two positional coaches – the coach (Ricky) Hunley, Coach (Jason) Kaufusi and Coach (Johnny) Nansen – are awesome to me and to my parents they were awesome I met the whole coaching staff Some visits I I was not able to meet all the coaches. I was very well received there and the love was there. … It’s not like that elsewhere.

What do you plan to study at university and what do you like to do outside of football?

A: “I plan to do communications because I want to be a sportscaster, news reporter. What I do outside of soccer, I’m a three-sport athlete for my high school, so I’m switching from soccer to basketball to baseball. I like going to local parks and playing pickup games (basketball) at night. I like playing video games, I like lifting weights. In fact, I discovered that lifting weights is my meditation…. Sometimes I go to the beach and look at the water. I find that very relaxing too.

Is there a player you look up to or emulate after your game?

A: “I idolize my grandfather and my father. Yeah, I admire LeBron James, Gronkowski, TJ Watt, but I admire my grandfather and my father. I use that as my motivation and I do it for them, I do it for my family. … My motivation is to get out of it.

He said it

“It’s been great. I see parallels in our careers. I started small, skinny, weak – and Bruno was never really skinny, but he certainly wasn’t a full-fledged offensive lineman like some coming off the shelf now. But he has the same challenges as me. You are behind guys who are older and may or may not be better. It’s hard sometimes to go out there and be on the “look” team, and know in your heart that when the balls start flying you’re better than the guy in front of you, but he’s more elderly. These are challenges, man, and you have to keep shaking your head and fighting every day.

— Ex-Wildcat John Fina, on his son and UCLA offensive lineman Bruno Fina, who is on his third (via ESPN Tucson)

By the numbers

1: Saturday marked UA running back Michael Wiley’s first career game with both a receiving and rushing touchdown.

2.5: Arizona defensive end Jalen Harris now has 2.5 sacks this season after firing UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson in the third quarter. Saturday marked the first sack for Harris since opening the season at San Diego State.

3: UA wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan has caught touchdown passes in all three Wildcats games in California this year. The SoCal native had touchdown passes in Arizona’s win at San Diego State, the team’s loss at Cal and Saturday’s game against UCLA.

3: Arizona has three former Bruins in its program. Defensive coordinator Johnny Nansen was an assistant under UCLA head coach Chip Kelly, while transfers safe DJ Warnell and defensive tackle Tia Savea played for the Bruins last year. Savea, who played Saturday for the first time since injuring his leg against Colorado last month, blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt by the Bruins in the third quarter. It is the first field goal blocked by the UA since DaVonte’ Neal in 2015.

23: Arizona quarterback Jayden’s touchdown pass from Laura against the Bruins in the first quarter was his 23rd of the season, tying Willie Tuitama for the sixth-most single-season touchdowns in program history.

42: UA wide receiver Jacob Cowing, who was questionable on Saturday with a knee injury, caught an assist for the 42nd straight game he has played; it tied for the longest active streak of FBS.

44,430: Presence announced at the Rose Bowl.

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