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As Coach Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats arrived to the Sun Bowl after the just over 4-hour bus ride from Tucson to El Paso, a few U of A players are even more excited about the arrival --because of their ties to the borderland.
Arizona safety Tristan Cooper is an El Paso native who suited up at Andress High School and was also recruited by his hometown school UTEP.
Cornerback Lorenzo Burns spent his high school years in California, however, as an elementary and middle school student, he lived in El Paso. His father, DeChon Burns, was on the UTEP defensive coaching staff of Mike Price.
Lorenzo Burns father, DeChon, told KVOA: "(Lorenzo) went to Tippen Elementary and Brown Middle School. (He) played Youth Football for the El Paso Tribe with current Miner Richie Rodriguez, & was all over the UTEP Campus as a kid and would play pick up ball in the stadium with his friends from time to time."