Arizona Wildcats football: LB Fischer named to watch list and a few UNLV links

2013-09-05T09:30:00Z 2013-09-05T10:51:34Z Arizona Wildcats football: LB Fischer named to watch list and a few UNLV linksDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 05, 2013 9:30 am  • 

Arizona Wildcats linebacker Jake Fischer has been selected as one of 30 players for the Senior CLASS Award, it was announced this morning.

Only Division I FBS seniors are eligible for the award and must have notable achievements in four areas—community, classroom, character and competition.

CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.

Fischer, a marketing major, has a 3.363 GPA and is on track to graduate in December. He may add an additional business management major and graduate in May 2014. The Ironwood Ridge High School product is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree and was a 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. 

Fischer, who had seven tackles in the UA's opener against NAU, has already been named to the watch list for the 2013 Lott Award and the Bednarik Award. He was a All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection last season and had 119 tackles to lead the Wildcats.

A national media committee will select 10 finalists for the CLASS Award in November. Those 10 names will then be placed on a ballot for a nationwide vote. The winner will be announced in early January.

A couple links to pass along today in advance of the UA's game Saturday at UNLV:

UNLV coach Bobby Hauck thinks UA's Ka'Deem Carey is the best running back in the country. Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said Carey will play in the first half on Saturday, but senior Daniel Jenkins will start.

Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal looks at UNLV's struggles in its opener against Minnesota and compares them to last season.

The Rebel Yell, UNLV's student newspaper writes that the Rebels are bracing for Arizona's high-octane offense

Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun writes that UNLV is doing anything it can to get people to show up for Saturday's game.

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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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