2016 Arizona Wildcats football season countdown: No. 76 individual record




Only 76 days separate us from the start of Rich Rodriguez’s fifth season, when the Arizona Wildcats football team plays Brigham Young on Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

As is customary on this Web site, we will count down the days with an interesting element associated with each day. This year the topic is the top 100 individual records in Arizona’s storied football past.

Whenever cornerback Antoine Cason intercepted the ball, he was a threat for a long return.

Compiling the list was no easy task, but it was feasible to do with the information provided in the record books by the Arizona media relations department, and we appreciate that.

In past years, we have counted down the top games and highlighted players and some of the top plays in Arizona Wildcats football history. A couple of years ago in our top 100 countdown, we showcased the 1914 team that was responsible for Arizona becoming the “Wildcats”.

Back to this year’s countdown of the top 100 individual records in the 117 years of Arizona football:

No. 76

Highest Interception Return Average, Career (Min. 10): 23.3, Antoine Cason, 2004-07 (15-349)

Antoine Cason had five returns for a touchdown in his career (three interceptions and two punt returns)

Antoine Cason, the 2007 Jim Thorpe Award winner, was very dangerous when he had his hands on the ball. His name is associated with many return records, including most touchdowns by return in a game (two against Oregon in 2007) and four overall that same season. He amassed 349 yards in his 15 interceptions for the 23.3-yard average. Darryll Lewis is next with 252 in 14 interceptions (18-yard average).

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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