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Prior relationships, specific roster impact will be keys to Arizona football’s transfer portal activity

Entering his first season as a head coach, Jedd Fisch grabbed as many players as he could from the NCAA transfer portal to help fill out a roster that resembled the bread aisle ahead of an approaching hurricane. The results from those pickups were mixed, at best, with only one addition (safety Gunner Maldonado) still on the team two years later.

The transfer portal was much more beneficial to Arizona’s 2022 team, as the likes of Jayden de Laura, Jacob Cowing and Hunter Echols were integral to the Wildcats going from 1-11 to 5-7.