TUCSON, Arizona — It's been a tough 2020 for Arizona Football, but the Wildcats say it hasn't been a thankless one.
Several key defensive players transferred out of the program during an uncertain offseason. Then, head coach Kevin Sumlin tested positive for conronavirus, and he missed the beginning of fall camp.
The season opener at Utah was canceled as the Utes had to cancel due to COVID-19. Then, Arizona lost its first two games to extend its losing streak to nine games dating back to last year. The current losing streak is the longest in school history.
Still, the Wildcats say they have much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving.
"I’m thankful for my family for sure," said tight end Bryce Wolma. "I’m luck to have a Mom, a Dad, and a sister that I really care about and I love. Especially, my Mom. My relationship with my Mom is fantastic. I’m definitely a Mama’s boy. She’s my rock. I call her every day even though I’ve been in college. We have a 10-15 minute conversation at night, so that’s definitely what I am thankful for."
"I’m thankful for a lot of stuff," said safety Jaxen Turner. "I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for God allowing me to play this game. And, for the Arizona program for taking me in."
"I’m thankful for is just being alive," said defensive lineman Aaron Blackwell. "I’m thankful for my health, and for my family’s health. I’m thankful for the times we are living in, and for a future we can all be a part of."
Arizona visits UCLA on Saturday night. The Wildcats have beaten the Bruins in two of the past three seasons.