Arizona Wildcats football: DL Fanene officially added to roster and Flowers signs contract

2014-05-21T15:45:00Z 2014-05-21T15:48:32Z Arizona Wildcats football: DL Fanene officially added to roster and Flowers signs contractDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats made a small roster move today that could have a big long-term impact.

The UA officially re-added defensive lineman Aiulua Fanene to the roster. Fanene redshirted for the Wildcats in 2010 and played in 10 games in 2011. He then left to serve a two-year mission and missed the past two seasons.

UA coach Rich Rodriguez said multiple times he expected Fanene to rejoin the team when his mission ended and that has now happened. He's officially enrolled in school at Arizona. 

Fanene, listed at 6-feet-4-inches and 295 pounds, had eight tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2011. He will compete for immediate playing time this fall.

The Wildcats also expect to add Sani Fuimaono to the roster at some point soon. Like Fanene, Fuimaono has also been on a mission the past two years and is expected back this fall. 

Both players should provide depth to a defensive line that returns one starter in end Reggie Gilbert.


Another member of the UA's 2010 recruiting class was in the news today, as well.

Linebacker Marquis Flowers signed his rookie contract with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals. It's a four-year deal.

Flowers, a Goodyear Millennium product, was drafted in the sixth round by the Bengals earlier this month in the NFL draft. He was the 212th overall pick. 

Official terms of the contract were not released. But Coley Harvey, who covers the Bengals for ESPN, tweeted that Flowers should make $466,000 this season. 

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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.

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