Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games: We’re at No. 7 and counting

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Our Arizona Wildcats Top 50 Football Games ranking is shown as a slideshow starting at No. 50 (click on “next” at the upper or lower right to get started) …

Every day we will have data related to the number of days remaining to kickoff — Texas-San Antonio vs. Arizona — on Sept. 3 at Arizona Stadium. That game is only 7 days away.

Anthony Gimino compiled Arizona’s best player by jersey number while with TucsonCitizen.com three years ago. The best No. 7 according to Gimino is QB Willie Tuitama (2005-08). Tuitama burst onto the scene as a true freshman, leading the team to a November win over No. 7 UCLA and being carried off the field on the fans’ shoulders. That promise wasn’t fully realized, but he went on to pass for 9,211 yards (second in UA history) and 67 touchdowns (tied for first with Nick Foles).

Willie Tuitama ranks second behind Nick Foles with 9,211 yards passing in his career. Foles ended his career with 10,011.

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For the third straight year, AllSportsTucson.com presents the Arizona Wildcats’ Top 50 games in the program’s history.

The ranking corresponds to the number of days left to the opening kickoff for the Arizona Wildcats against Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 3 at Arizona Stadium. We are only 7 days from the start of the 2015 football season.

The ranking each year is based on new research and judgments for all games, not just those from last season. This year, four new games join the ranking, including one played more than 50 years ago that — upon further review — deserves Top 50 status. That game was presented at No. 38. The No. 1-ranked game last year may not be the No. 1 this year.

You can view the countdown by clicking on the “next” arrow at the upper or lower right …

Jamar Allah

Jamar Allah

— No. 7 for the Arizona Wildcats is worn by senior safety Jamar Allah and sophomore running back Jonathan Haden. Allah started twice last year and played in all 14 games. He started at the “bandit” position at Washington State and vs. UCLA. He totaled 29 tackles, including 24 solo stops. He recovered his first fumble for two yards vs. UCLA. Haden, who played 12 games last year mostly on special teams, has an older brother (Joe) who plays for the Cleveland Browns.

Jamar Allah wore No. 27 last year. He gave that up to freshman Sammy Morrison, whose father Darryl Morrison, wore No. 27 during the Desert Swarm days.

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