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Sonoran Hot Reads: Brandon Dawkins with 4th-best individual performance in Pac-12

One of the best performances against the conference’s best team

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Looking back on the Arizona Wildcats’ 2016 season, the fact that they took the College Football Playoff-bound Washington Huskies to overtime seems nothing short of a small miracle. Well, a lot of it had to do with the game that Brandon Dawkins had in just his third career start. Pro Football Focus called that performance the 4th-best individual performance in the entire conference this year. Kalen Ballage’s 8 TD game, Adoree’ Jackson vs. Notre Dame, and Hunter Dimick’s five sack night vs. ASU were the only individual games that were rated better

- Perhaps Dawkins will be able to channel that into more great performances after Anu Solomon announced that he will transfer

- At least Arizona’s commentators aren’t giving away secrets like Wake Forest’s are. You need to check out Blogger So Dear for their complete coverage of it

- Also happening in that area of the country, Clemson is adding a slide to their football facility. So this is what Arizona needs to be an elite program

- Sione Taufahema signed with the Wildcats on Wednesday, but Matt Leo and Delshawn Phillips decommitted and signed elsewhere. Phillips picked Illinois. Leo picked Iowa State

Basketball

- In a very physical contest, the Wildcats beat GCU by ten in a battle of teams missing a few of their key players

- Lauri Markkanen is still trying to completely adjust to the college game

Baseball

- Jett Bandy was traded from the Angels to the Brewers

Other sports

- Women’s basketball blew out Grambling State on Tuesday night

- Kalei Mau and Penina Snuka were named Third-Team All-Americans by the AVCA

- Mandie Perez is ready to have a successful senior season for the softball team

Tucson news

- Speeding on Arizona highways could cost you a lot more money with the addition of safety corridors

- Scientists have confirmed that the jaguar in the Huachucas is one that hasn’t been seen there before

- The Humane Society broke ground on a new facility

- The Tucson Wildlife Center is caring for two orphaned javelina babies

- The Susan G. Comen Race for the Cure event has been discontinued