Nothing good happened for the Arizona Wildcats during the 2020 season, as they lost all five games and fired their head coach.
But it wasn’t a wash of a season for defensive lineman Roy Lopez, who in his lone year with Arizona earned a notable accolade from Pro Football Focus.
Lopez, a graduate transfer from New Mexico State, was named to PFF’s All-Pac-12 Team as a first-team interior defensive lineman.
Here’s what PFF had to say about Lopez, who had 18 tackles (four for loss) and a sack in five games:
“Lopez came to Arizona this offseason after four years at New Mexico State, and he ended up having his best stretch of play with the Wildcats. In his five games this year, Lopez recorded an 82.2 PFF grade. Considering the fact that he played almost 100% of his snaps at heads-up nose tackle, that’s extremely impressive.”
Lopez was one of four UA players on the PFF team. Freshman punter Tyler Loop was a second-team selection at punter, while sophomore cornerback Christian Roland-Wallace was a third-team selection at flex defender and redshirt junior Stanley Berryhill III—who has since announced his transfer—was a third-team choice at wide receiver.
Lopez was also one of five UA seniors named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention.