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Stanley Berryhill III becomes latest Arizona receiver to return to the Wildcats
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Stanley Berryhill III becomes latest Arizona receiver to return to the Wildcats

Berryhill led the Cats in receiving in 2020; top six UA pass catchers expected back

Arizona wide receiver Stanley Berryhill III (86) forces his way past Oregon State defensive back Isaiah Dunn (23) in the third quarter of their game at Arizona Stadium on Nov. 2, 2019.

Yet another Arizona wide receiver has run a reverse.

Stanley Berryhill III, the Wildcats’ leading pass catcher in 2020, announced Tuesday that he’s returning to the UA.

“I’m back!” Berryhill posted on Twitter. “It’s time to get to work. ... Let’s be great here in Tucson!”

Berryhill is the third Arizona receiver to put his name in the NCAA transfer portal and subsequently announce he’s coming back. Jamarye Joiner and Ma’jon Wright are the others.

Receiver Boobie Curry also is returning to Arizona after exploring the portal, his father confirmed to the Star. Curry, a sophomore from Houston, is flying to Tucson on Wednesday, the first day of classes for the UA spring semester. Curry is currently rehabbing a sprained MCL suffered during the Dec. 11 season finale against Arizona State.

Berryhill took it a step further than the others, committing to Ball State last month before changing his mind. “The timing of the whole situation wasn’t right,” Berryhill told KVOA in an interview that aired Monday night.

As a redshirt junior last season, Berryhill led the Wildcats with 23 catches for 227 yards and three touchdowns in five games. For his career, Berryhill has 56 catches for 733 yards and eight scores in 20 contests.

Berryhill is from Tucson but spent his senior year of high school at Orange Lutheran in Orange, California. He came to Arizona as a walk-on and earned a scholarship in August 2018.

New coach Jedd Fisch and his staff have rebuilt the UA receiving corps by “re-recruiting” multiple players who appeared to be leaving. Redshirt junior Drew Dixon remains in the transfer portal but is another wideout who conceivably could return.

As of now, Arizona is set to bring back its top six receivers in terms of yards from last season.

Contact sports reporter Michael Lev at 573-4148 or mlev@tucson.com. On Twitter @michaeljlev 

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