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Arizona QB Grant Gunnell among top breakout candidates for 2020 season, per Pro Football Focus

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It’s hard to find a prediction that has the Arizona Wildcats doing anything significant as a team this fall, which isn’t surprising considering their recent performances. But on an individual level, one player keeps getting mentioned in national circles as one to watch.

That would be sophomore quarterback Grant Gunnell, whom Pro Football Focus included on its list of top breakout candidates for the 2020 season.

The 6-foot-6 Gunnell is coming off a freshman campaign in 2019 in which he appeared in eight games, starting three, and threw for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns with one interception on 65.2 percent passing.

Here’s what PFF had to say about Gunnell:

“Given the departure of Khalil Tate, Gunnell will be in as Arizona’s starting signal-caller for the 2020 college season. We saw him take 185 dropbacks in his true freshman 2019 season, and he impressed with an 85.4 passing grade and a turnover-worthy play rate that would have been among the best in the country if he qualified for a rank (just two turnover-worthy plays overall). Not only did he make smart decisions with the ball, but his accuracy was also pinpoint—on throws that traveled past the line of scrimmage, he actually posted an accurate pass rate that would have ranked just behind Joe Burrow and Kedon Slovis as the best in college football. Gunnell, once a 4-star recruit who received offers from Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, et al., could very well be the biggest breakout of the 2020 season.”