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Arizona’s Josh McCauley, Bryce Wolma make preseason watch lists

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Arizona Wildcats center Josh McCauley was named to the Rimington Award watch list on Friday. The award is given annually the nation’s best center.

The redshirt junior started all 12 games for the Wildcats in 2018, helping them lead the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game. The former walk-on was put on scholarship in the spring.

Meanwhile, Arizona tight end Bryce Wolma was named to the Mackey Award watch list, the award given to the nation’s top tight end.

Wolma had five catches for 69 yards in 2019, mostly serving as a run blocker. Wolma showed his receiving chops in 2018 when he caught 28 passes for 241 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Wolma said in the spring that he hopes to be more involved in the passing game this season, his second under head coach Kevin Sumlin.

“Last year I was kind of getting adjusted to the new scheme and all that, so this year I hope to improve my route running,” Wolma said.

Wolma said he’s lost some weight since last season, dropping from 250 pounds to around 243.

“I just feel better at that weight, feel more mobile, especially if I’ll be splitting out more,” Wolma said. “It helps make sure I can run.”