“Teams are about a guy named Joe. This thrills me to the core. It’s the greatest kind of win.” — Dick Tomey
NOTES: Tomey was quoted as saying this by Arizona Daily Star sports columnist Greg Hansen. This came after the “Leap by the Lake” in Seattle in 1998 — Ortege Jenkins’ miraculous catapult into the end zone that enabled the Wildcats to beat Washington 31-28 and remain unbeaten at 5-0. Tomey liked to talk about players who excelled despite not grabbing the headlines, such as fourth-string quarterback Peter Hansen blocking a kick, fourth receiver Brandon Nash making a difficult catch, and freshman defensive tackle Keoni Fraser making two goal-line tackles that proved to be the difference in the UA’s win over the Huskies. … The quote formulated into Arizona being a “bunch of guys named Joe”. The Cats had All-American cornerback Chris McAlister on the team and they finished 12-1. Much to Tomey’s liking, the supporting cast had as much to do with the team’s success as the starters and standouts.