Arizona football: Live blog from Pac-12 Media Days

2014-07-23T08:32:00Z 2014-07-23T18:01:42Z Arizona football: Live blog from Pac-12 Media DaysDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — We are officially live in Hollywood for Pac-12 Media Days. 

There will be a lot of news and tidbits coming out today. So, we'll put all the notable items here. 

11 a.m. — Rich Rodriguez, Jared Tevis and Austin Hill have had their time in the main lobby area and talked to the majority of reporters. We'll still have a chance to talk to them this afternoon in a more informal one-on-one setting. 

This morning, it was pretty standard stuff. Rodriguez wouldn't reveal anything on the quarterback competition. He did praise Jerrard Randall's quick learning ability and said he has adjusted very well to the UA. I asked him if he's the closest thing to a Denard Robinson or Pat White since he's been at Arizona and his answer was a good one. Look for it in tomorrow's Star. He didn't hate the comparison though, I'll say that. 

Tevis and Hill seem to be enjoying the experience quite a bit. Last year, Terrence Miller and Jake Fischer looked bored at times. Hill and Tevis seem to trying to have fun. Hill looks incredibly comfortable in this setting. 

9 a.m. — Arizona's official roster for this season has been released. As we speculated today, three incoming freshmen are not listed. They are: Tight end Darrell Cloy and defensive backs Devon Brewer and Jace Whittaker. Cloy and Brewer are believed to be non-qualifiers and could head to Milford Academy in New York like T.J. Johnson did last year.

Whittaker suffered a late knee injury and will rehab on his own. He's expected to join Arizona in January. 

Also notable on Arizona's new roster is the fact that former Salpointe star Cam Denson is listed solely as a cornerback. Denson was recruited as a receiver, but was a standout on both sides of the ball for the Lancers. He will likely see some action at wide receiver at some point, but it looks like he'll start his career as a defensive back.

We'll have the chance to talk to Rich Rodriguez soon and we'll certainly ask him about all of those things. 

Also, if you're into this type of thing, here are the numbers of some notable newcomers: 2- Marquis Ware; 3- Cam Denson; 5- Jamardre Cobb; 9- Kaelin DeBoskie; 12- Rodney Carr Jr.; 13- Brandon Dawkins; 15- Kwesi Mashack; 18- Jordan Allen; 26- Adonis Smith; 28-Nick Wilson; 39- Tony Ellison; 55- Levi Walton; 58- Layth Friekh; 71- Jordan Poland; 88-Trevor Wood; 96- Marcus Griffin.

8:15 a.m. — For the second straight year, the Arizona Wildcats have been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 South in the preseason Pac-12 Media Poll. 

Arizona received 119 points and is slotted behind — in order — UCLA, USC and Arizona State. The Wildcats are picked to finish ahead of Utah and Colorado. 

Oregon was picked to win the Pac-12 North and the entire league. The Ducks picked up 24 of 39 total votes to win the conference. 

Here's a look at the full poll: 

South

1. UCLA (37) 231

2. USC (1) 181

3. ASU (1) 163

4. ARIZONA 119

5. Utah 82

6. Colorado 43

North

1. Oregon (37) 232

2. Stanford (2) 192

3. Washington 142

4. Oregon State 125

5. Washington State 87

6. Cal 41

Pac-12 title game winner: Oregon (24). Others receiving votes: UCLA (13), Stanford (1) and USC (1).

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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