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Arizona WR Cayleb Jones declares for NFL draft

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Arizona wide receiver Cayleb Jones on Sunday joined the ever-growing list of underclassmen declaring for this spring’s NFL draft.

Jones made the announcement on his Twitter account.

Jones’ teammate Scooby Wright announced his decision to turn pro immediately after the Wildcats’ New Mexico Bowl win over New Mexico back on Dec. 19.

An Austin, Texas, native, Jones signed with his hometown Longhorns out of high school in 2012 but transferred to Arizona after being charged with felony assault in the spring of 2013 for allegedly assaulting a UT tennis player in an altercation on Sixth Street. He was later placed on two years probation for misdemeanor assault.

Jones was a model citizen in Tucson, hauling in a team-leading 73 grabs for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns for the 2014 Pac-12 South champions and again leading the club this fall with 55 receptions for 904 yards and five scores.

Arizona kicks off bowl season with wild New Mexico Bowl victory

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The first game of this year’s college football bowl season was not one short for fun. Arizona (7-6) came away with an exhilarating, back-and-forth New Mexico Bowl victory over New Mexico (7-6) of the Mountain West Conference, winning 45-37 on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.

Arizona took a 28-17 into halftime and wasted little time extending its lead in the third quarter. Jared Baker broke loose for a 32-yard touchdown run right up the middle fo the New Mexico defense on Arizona’s second-half opening drive. New Mexico could not be buried though, as the Lobos and Wildcats exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter, with each scoring twice. Arizona capitalized on a New Mexico turnover a Lamar Johnson interception that put the Wildcats on the four-yard line. One play later, Baker crossed the goal line for a short touchdown and a 42-24 lead.

New Mexico rallied to make things interesting, getting a three-yard Lamar Jordan scoring jaunt to pull within 42-31 late in the third quarter and a four-yard Austin Apodaca dash to climb with 42-37 with 13:52 to play.

Arizona welcomed back linebacker Scooby Wright III, who finally got on the field after a season riddled with injury issues, and he turned in an admirable performance, hitting double digits in total tackles in the first half alone, then making two clinching plays to thwart New Mexico’s rally. Facing a 4th-and-13 with 6:42 remaining, Wright sacked Apodaca to end the threat. After a Casey Skowron field goal with 1:32 to play, it was Wright who pressured Apodaca into his game-ending interception.

Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon looked like the player that led the ‘Cats to the Pac-12 South title a year ago, throwing for 329 yards and two touchdowns while adding another on the ground. Arizona wide receiver Cayleb Jones turned in a big game as well, with 182 receiving yards and a score.

With the win, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez picked up his third bowl victory since being named the head coach at Arizona. Arizona has won three of the last four bowl games they have played in, which included the New Mexico Bowl in 2012 as well. Arizona lost last year’s Fiesta Bowl against Boise State. New Mexico head coach Bob Davie is still on the prowl for his first career bowl victory. Davie was 0-3 in postseason bowl games at Notre Dame.

In 2016, Arizona will kick off the new season in Glendale, Arizona against BYU on September 3. New Mexico will also open the new season that same day, but they will do so at home against FCS power Sam Houston State.

New Mexico Bowl: Scooby Wright and Cayleb Jones dominant in first half for Arizona

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Welcome back, Scooby Wright III. Arizona’s top linebacker may have missed the majority of this season, but he is putting ona  show in the New Mexico Bowl with a game-high 10 tackles in the first half as Arizona leads New Mexico 28-17. This first bowl game of the year has had a little bit of everything in the first half, including twice setting a record for the longest pass in New Mexico Bowl history.

Arizona took a lead on New Mexico on a crazy four-play sequence that saw Arizona have a fake punt stuffed by the Lobos, the Arizona defense pick off a deep pass to the endzone on the very next play, and finish with a 78-yard pass from Anu Solomon to Cayleb Jones for a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. The play was the longest pass play in New Mexico Bowl history, but that record would not last long. New Mexico quarterback Lamar Jordan completed a 92-yard strike to Delane Hart-Johnson late in the first half to break the record for a second time in the first half.

In addition to Arizona getting a fine showing from Wright, wide receiver Jones has been unstoppable. Jones has already gone off for 182 yards and a touchdown on just four receptions for Arizona.

This should be a wild second half.