UA football: Wildcats land coveted transfer

2012-01-08T20:00:00Z UA football: Wildcats land coveted transferBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 08, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

The Arizona Wildcats addressed a glaring need Sunday by landing one of the nation’s most coveted transfers.

University of Akron linebacker Brian Wagner, the third-leading tackler in Div. I-A last fall and top returning tackler heading into the 2012 season, will enroll at Arizona this week. And, in what is certainly a plus for new coach Rich Rodriguez  and the Wildcats’ yet-to-be-hired defensive coordinator, Wagner will be eligible to play immediately.

Wagner received his bachelor’s degree from Akron last month. NCAA rules permit players who are pursuing graduate programs not offered at their former schools to play right away. A handful of high-profile college players, including quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli and Russell Wilson, cited the rule when transferring in recent years.

Wagner, 22, will pursue a graduate degree in biostatistics at the UA.

Read more in Monday's Star Sports Extra.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
UCLA 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
ASU 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
Arizona 6 2 0 0.750 9 2 0 0.818
USC 6 3 0 0.667 7 4 0 0.636
Utah 4 4 0 0.500 7 4 0 0.636
Colorado 0 8 0 0.000 2 9 0 0.182

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 7 1 0 0.875 10 1 0 0.909
Stanford 4 4 0 0.500 6 5 0 0.545
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 6 0 0.455
Oregon State 2 5 0 0.286 5 5 0 0.500
Washington 2 5 0 0.286 6 5 0 0.545
Washington State 2 6 0 0.250 3 8 0 0.273
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