NUMBERS

Arizona's numbers game: Football: Hill vs. Wade: '70s star QB faces one of best receivers ever

2013-06-13T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:17:40Z Arizona's numbers game: Football: Hill vs. Wade: '70s star QB faces one of best receivers everPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For decades, the Arizona Wildcats' gridiron legends have been synonymous with the jersey numbers they've worn.

But who's the best?

Play our numbers game, as we ask the question: Who is the quintessential UA football player to wear each number?

Who wore it best?

The number: 1

The showdown: Bruce Hill vs. Bobby Wade

The comparison

Bruce Hill (1973-75)

The stats: Hill completed 339 of 680 pass attempts for 5,090 yards, holding the UA career passing record when he graduated.

He finished with 45 passing touchdowns and 6,054 total yards, both school records at the time.

The details: The captain of the 1975 team that finished 9-2, the first-team All-WAC quarterback went 128 pass attempts without an interception. He set the total offense record at the time with 451 against New Mexico in 1975.

The postscript: The leader of the "1-2-3 Offense" - he was the 1 - was not drafted as a quarterback, part of the Arizona trend that ended last year when Nick Foles was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bobby Wade (1999-2002)

The stats: No UA receiver has posted more catches in a season than Wade's 93 in 2002, nor has any receiver gained more yards in his career than Wade's 3,351. He caught a pass in 42 straight games, tied for the school record.

The details: Wade was the UA's best receiver for three of his four years, leading the team in receptions from 2000 to 2002.

His 4,785 all-purpose yards is fifth on the Wildcats' career list. Wade's 230 catches are second only to Mike Thomas' 259, and his 23 touchdown catches are fifth in school history.

The postscript: Wade was drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago Bears in 2003, and played for four NFL teams until being released in 2010.

The one-sentence debate: Hill put the "1" in the "1-2-3 Offense," but Wade is statistically the greatest receiver in Wildcats history.

On StarNet: What's your take? Visit the Arizona Daily Star online at azstarnet.com/polls and vote for who you think wore it best.

McAlister Vs. Bell

• Wednesday's question: Which UA football player wore No. 11 better: Chris McAlister or Mike Bell?

• Results: McAlister wins with 92 percent of the vote at press time.

Who wore it best?

No. 1

Bruce Hill QB • 1973-75

128

Hill went 128 pass attempts without an interception

Bobby Wade WR • 1999-2002

230

Wade's career catches, second most in UA history

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Pac-12 South football standings

Team W L T PCT
Arizona 5 1 0 0.833
Utah 5 1 0 0.833
USC 5 2 0 0.714
ASU 5 1 0 0.833
UCLA 5 2 0 0.714
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429

Pac-12 North football standings

Team W L T PCT
Oregon 6 1 0 0.857
Oregon State 4 2 0 0.667
Stanford 4 3 0 0.571
Washington 5 2 0 0.714
Cal 4 3 0 0.571
Washington State 2 5 0 0.286
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