The University of Arizona is preparing for quite the comeback after an odd season of canceled games during the pandemic. The UA crowned Jedd Fisch as its head football coach and is bringing in Arizona football Hall of Famers and coaches with hefty resumes, as well as new faces to take the team to the top of the rank.
Fisch’s many connections-turned-coaches are coming in handy for this anticipated football season. Many fans are adjusting and welcoming new coaches and gathering up information on their coaching history to gear up for this upcoming 2021 season.
Brennan Carroll – Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line:
Brennan Carroll reigned from the Seattle Seahawks and was hired by Fisch on Jan. 1, 2021, after working together while coaching for Miami. After dedicating 13 years to coaching at the collegiate level, Carroll paved his way into the NFL.
Being the Run Game Coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks from 2015-20 allowed Carroll to aid in the offense’s success. Players under Carroll have seen the Pro Bowl as many as 11 times while ranking top five in rushing for three seasons.
As an offensive coach, Carroll focuses on how important it is to keep your mind clear to minimize any potential slip-ups while protecting the ball.
“The mentality is so important on protecting the ball and then understanding where your runs are. Don’t force things, don’t make stuff up,” Carroll said at Arizona football’s Fall Camp.
Jimmie Dougherty – Assistant Coach/Passing Game Coordinator & Quarterbacks
Former Missouri quarterback, Jimmie Dougherty, was appointed to his role in early January along with others Fisch hired. Working for the Washington Huskies as the wide receivers coach, Dougherty aided Jermaine Kearse’s 1,005-yard season.
Dougherty had great performative seasons as UCLA’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach since 2017. Players respect Dougherty’s effort towards maintaining good relationships with the team to keep the dynamic flowing.
Chuck Cecil – Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs
College Football Hall of Famer and UA alum, Chuck Cecil, has dedicated his skills to Arizona football since 2018. Chuck Cecil, former Arizona football star, is back to re-establish the football program.
Previous to working for the UA, Cecil was the senior defensive assistant for the Los Angeles Rams. In 2016, the Rams had an exceptional season, ranking in the top 10. In just one year, the defense’s rank moved up 12 spots from 26th to 14th.
Starting as a senior defensive analyst, interim defensive coordinator/safeties and now defensive backs coach, Cecil’s experience dates back to the Tennessee Titans in 2001 as a defensive assistant/quality control.
Cecil’s football coaching expertise has always stayed loyal to his work.
“There is no sound on the tape, right? … The points that you allow, the yards that you allow, the completions that you allow, the interceptions that you make. That … that is who you are. What you put on tape,” Cecil said at Arizona football Fall Camp.
Kevin Cummings - Assistant Coach/Wide Receivers
L.A. native, Kevin Cummings joined Arizona football following his successful coaching career with San Jose State. His coaching with the Spartans allotted for the team’s 7-1 2020 season. Cummings also aided at Oregon State as a quality control coach.
Keith Dudzinski - Assistant Coach/Linebackers & Special Teams
Keith Dudzinski has racked up 30-years worth of coaching experience to bring to Arizona football. Dudzinski coached at Michigan under Arizona’s defensive coordinator, Don Brown.
He began his coaching career at New Haven, where he attended college, in 1991. Dudzinski has also coached four seasons at Albany, where he received tenure before coaching at Michigan.
Scottie Graham - Assistant Coach/Running Backs
The Ohio State graduate, Scottie Graham, is a New York native and was a high school All-American in various sports. Playing for the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, Graham made it his goal to stay involved within football. He has assisted in the NFL Draft Combine, Board Player Representative Meetings and Former Players Convention.
The running back coach worked at ASU for the last six years as the lead administrator for student-athlete development and welfare.
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