TUCSON - For the 12 football seniors that participated in Arizona's NFL Pro Day in early March, Thursday's start of the NFL Draft marks a key moment in their careers. If a name isn't called during Thursday's first round, airing live on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT, the selections will continue on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.
Since the 2008 season, Arizona has had 14 players selected in the NFL Draft. This season's hopefuls include quarterback Matt Scott, center Kyle Quinn, running back/H-back/defensive end Taimi Tutogi and receiver Dan Buckner, just to name a few.
Dominique Austin, Defensive Line, La Puente, Calif. (Bishop Amat HS)
2012: Started the first five games of the season at defensive end before missing the final seven regular-season contests because of a foot injury ... Returned for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and was a reserve off the bench ... Was the only senior to start on Arizona's 3-3-5 defense ... Recorded 14 tackles in his six games, seven solo and seven assisted ... Also broke up two passes.
John Bonano, Kicker, Salinas, Calif. (Palma HS)
2012: Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete ... Pac-12 First-Team All-Academic ... CoSIDA Academic All-American and All-District ... Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the upset win over No. 18 Oklahoma State ... Served as Arizona's placekicker in 13 games ... Connected on 58-of-59 extra point attempts ... Set the Arizona record for 72-straight PATs made in his career ... Made 14-of-20 field goal attempts, with a long of 46 yards against Oklahoma State ... Scored 102 points on the season, second among the Wildcats ... Converted a two-point conversion in the ASU game.
Dan Buckner, Receiver, Allen, Texas (Allen HS/University of Texas)
2012: All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention ... A member of the Biletnikoff Award Watch List ... Arizona's 13-game starter at the wide receiver position ... Ranked second on the team in receiving yards with 773 ... Hauled in 61 receptions for five touchdowns and an average of 12.7 yards per catch ... Averaged 59.5 yards per game.
Kyle Dugandzic, Punter, Agoura, Calif. (Agoura HS/Ventura College)
2012: Pac-12 Special Team Player of the Week for his performance in the Oregon State game ... Named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List ... The Wildcats' punter for all 13 games ... Averaged 43.2 yards per punt with 10 of 50 yards or more and 24 landing inside the 20-yard line ... Season totals include 52 kicks for 2,244 yards ... Recorded a career-long 70-yard punt against Oregon State.
Kyle Quinn, Center, Brentwood, Calif. (Liberty HS)
2012: All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention ... Senior CLASS Award Semifinalist ... A member of the offensive line that earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Arizona coaching staff for its performance in the Washington game ... Played with an offensive line that allowed UA to lead the Pac-12 in total offense for four-straight weeks (weeks 6-9) and rank as high as fourth nationally in weeks 3, 7, and 9 ... Arizona's offensive triple-threat attack featured a 3,000-yard passer (Matt Scott - 3,238 yards), a 1,500-yard rusher (Ka'Deem Carey - 1,757 yards) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Austin Hill - 1,189 yards).
Drew Robinson, Tight End, Coalville, Utah (North Summit HS/Snow College)
2012: Played in 11 of 13 games at the tight end position ... Also a special teams blocking contributor.
Matt Scott, Quarterback, Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)
2012: Second-team All-Pac-12 ... A two-time Manning Award Star of the Week and the Walter Camp Player of the Week on Oct. 28 ... Completed 301-of-499 passes attempted for 3,620 yards with 27 touchdowns ... Led the Pac-12 in total offense with 343.8 yards per game and ranked No. 2 in the conference in total passing yards ... In the OT loss at Stanford, Scott set Arizona and Pac-12 single-game records with his 45 completions and 69 attempts ... Threw just one interception en route to 491 yards and three touchdowns against the Cardinal ... One of the nation's top running QBs, Scott had 506 rushing yards on 113 carries and six TDs on the ground ... Averaged 4.5 yards per carry and 42.2 yards per game.
Elliot Taylor, Running Back, San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Miguel HS/Southwestern C.C.)
2012: Played in the South Carolina State game at running back ... Recorded one carry for 42 yards.
Taimi Tutogi, Running Back/Fullback, Chula Vista, Calif. (Chula Vista HS)
2012: An eight-game starter at the fullback position ... Played in 11 of 13 games ... Also played on the defensive line on third-down situations and a contributor on special teams ... Had one receiving touchdown in the South Carolina State game ... On the season, has 10 catches for 64 yards.
Christian Upshaw, Defensive Line, Phoenix, Ariz. (La Jolla HS/Western New Mexico)
2012: A member of the scout team defense.
Mark Watley, Free Safety, Granada Hills, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite HS)
2012: Played in 11 of 13 games with the secondary and on special teams ... Totaled four tackles and broke up one pass ... Season-high two tackles vs. USC.
Shane Zink, Offensive Line, Redding, Calif. (Enterprise HS/Shasta College)
2012: Played in 13 games with eight starts, four at left guard and four at right guard ... A member of the offensive line that earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Arizona coaching staff for its performance in the Washington game ... Played with an offensive line that allowed UA to lead the Pac-12 in total offense for four-straight weeks (weeks 6-9) and rank as high as fourth nationally in weeks 3, 7, and 9 ... Arizona's offensive triple-threat attack featured a 3,000-yard passer (Matt Scott - 3,238 yards), a 1,500-yard rusher (Ka'Deem Carey - 1,757 yards) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Austin Hill - 1,189 yards).\
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics