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Arizona football: Safeties couldn't be much younger

2013-07-18T00:00:00Z 2013-07-31T22:32:55Z Arizona football: Safeties couldn't be much youngerDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Jared Tevis and Tra'Mayne Bondurant aren't seniors.

It just feels like it.

The two safeties have combined to play 47 games over the past two seasons. During that span, they've teamed for 212 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, five interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

And they still have two more seasons in an Arizona Wildcats uniform.

The two juniors are the clear headliners of the position group. After that, things get murky - and people get young.

Wayne Capers Jr., Patrick Onwausor and Will Parks all gained experience last season, but they're also just sophomores. Vince Miles, who played in all 13 games last season, left the program earlier this month because of a medical issue.

And if you thought the position group couldn't get much younger, consider this: Matt Caponi will enter his first season as the safeties coach, taking over for Tony Gibson who bolted for West Virginia.

Gibson is 40; Caponi is 30.

"We're definitely still kinda young," Caponi said this spring. "We have no seniors and a lot of guys back there that are still learning."

Here's our reset of a young safeties group:

What the group looked like before spring practice: Jamar Allah, So.; Tra'Mayne Bondurant, Jr.; Blake Brady, Jr.; Wayne Capers, So.; Clint Cochrane, Fr.; Vince Miles, So.; Patrick Onwausor, So.; Will Parks, So.; Yamen Sanders, Fr.; Zach Streuling, Fr.; Jared Tevis, Jr.

What it looks like now: Allah, Bondurant, Brady, Capers, Cochrane, Anthony Lopez, So.; Onwausor, Parks, Sanders, Streuling, Tevis.

Help on the way: Tellas Jones, Miami, Fla.; David Price, Long Beach, Calif.

By the numbers: 11 1/2. Bondurant was second on the team with 11 1/2 tackles for loss, despite missing the New Mexico Bowl with an injury.

The lowdown: Lopez was listed as a linebacker at the start of spring practice but is now listed as a safety. Jones and Price were two of the last additions to this year's recruiting class. Jones just committed last week, and Price pledged to the UA the weekend after signing day.

Sanders was a three-star recruit who redshirted last season and could potentially provide some depth this season.

On StarNet: Follow the Cats as the season approaches at azstarnet.com/berk

Summer stock

The Star will preview the UA's position groups over the next three weeks. Today, we look at the safeties.

• Coming Sunday: Cornerbacks

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk

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