ARIZONA FOOTBALL

Dean's transfer opens a big door for Crump at receiver position

2010-07-01T00:00:00Z 2014-09-15T09:07:37Z Dean's transfer opens a big door for Crump at receiver positionRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 01, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Gino Crump spent four years crisscrossing the country in search of a chance.

He'll get one this fall.

Delashaun Dean's arrest and subsequent transfer has left the Arizona Wildcats thin at wide receiver.

Crump, a junior from Washington D.C., stands to benefit the most from Dean's departure. Crump and Travis Cobb are expected to compete for Dean's "Z" receiver spot when training camp begins Aug. 5.

"I definitely see this as an opportunity," Crump said this week. "I expect to take full advantage of it starting this fall."

Dean was arrested June 19 and cited with suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon.

Coach Mike Stoops suspended him from the team pending the outcome of his case.

Dean announced Sunday he will transfer to Texas A&M-Kingsville, a Division II school.

With the 2010 recruiting season complete, the Wildcats must fill Dean's position from within.

Crump, 6 feet 2 inches and 220 pounds, is expected to get the first shot. He admittedly is conflicted about the opportunity.

He said Dean was a friend and a good teammate, and it was hard to see him go.

"It's definitely different considering the situation. I mean, this is a guy I shared a meeting room with every day, and you gain a relationship over time and you develop a friendship," Crump said.

"Having said that, I understand what my role is. I understand I have to step up and help the team. This is a team sport. I have to do the best that I can with the situation in front of me."

Crump's football odyssey has taken him from Arizona to the East Coast, and back again.

He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C., in 2006, then spent a season at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia.

Crump then played at Glendale Community College in 2007, then transferred to West Virginia. He spent the 2008 season with the Mountaineers before transferring to the UA.

NCAA rules forced Crump to sit out last season; given a chance to contribute in spring drills, he was impressive.

He said he must work on being more consistent to see regular playing time.

"I understand what my role is on this team, and that's to help us win games at the wide receiver position," he said. "Whether that's starting or as a backup, whatever it takes, I'll do it."

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QB Scott open to a position switch

Arizona Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott said he would consider a position switch this fall if it means more playing time.

Scott, a junior, is expected to back up starter Nick Foles for the second straight season.

However, Delashaun Dean's pending transfer has left the Wildcats short at wide receiver.

Scott played receiver during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Corona (Calif.) Centennial High School, and lined up at the position in some packages last season.

The 19-year-old Scott said he hasn't "given it much thought," but would consider a move.

"I honestly just want to be on the field," Scott said. "I can't stand sitting on the bench. I've never been a benchwarmer since Pop Warner. Sitting on the bench is hard. If it comes down (a switch), I'm down for that."

Ryan Finley

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