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Arizona adds Richmond transfer Samari Springs, son of ex-NFL player

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The Arizona Wildcats have added Richmond transfer Samari Springs to their roster.

The junior defensive back is the son of former NFL DB Shawn Springs, a 13-year veteran who was an All-American at Ohio State in the 1990s and later the No. 3 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. Springs’ grandfather, Ron, played running back in the NFL.

Samari Springs appeared in nine games for the Spiders last season, making eight starts at safety and cornerback. He made 44 tackles (3.5 for loss) and recorded three pass breakups and an interception.

As a freshman, Springs played in all 11 games for the Spiders, logging 51 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups and a sack. He played his high school ball at Briar Woods in Ashburn, Virginia.

Springs is listed at 6-feet, 189 pounds on Arizona’s roster. Head coach Kevin Sumlin said Friday that he is eligible to play in 2019 after being granted his release by the NCAA.

Here is some more background on Springs.