The Arizona Wildcats surpassed all expectations this past season. With a new head coach, offensive and defensive scheme in place, most figured UA would be destined for a four- or five-win season. That was not the case as the Wildcats posted a 7-5 record against one of the toughest schedules in the country.
Phil Steele, a well-respected media member in the college football world, took notice of Arizona in 2012. As he released his All-Conference teams this past week, seven Wildcats found themselves nominated.
On offense, wide receiver Austin Hill was named to Steele's All-Pac-12 first team. Senior quarterback Matt Scott and tailback Ka'Deem Carey, who led the nation in rushing yards, were named to the second team. Senior receiver Dan Buckner made the third team.
On defense, Jake Fischer, who led the team in tackles, was named to the second team. Linebacker Marquis Flowers and safety Jared Tevis were named to the third All-Pac-12 team.
Perhaps the most notable thing about these accolades: other than Scott and Bucker, all of these Wildcats are set to return to Tucson next season. Assuming coach Rodriguez can find a suitable replacement at quarterback, UA could be in for big things in 2013.