GCU PREVIEW: YOUNG WILDCATS SET FOR DEBUT

Arizona Second XV vs Grand Canyon University Second XV

Friday, September 14

6:00 PM

Clements Field- Rincon Vista Sports Complex

 

 

Jayme Thomas leads a backline that looks to kick the year off with a win in the preseason. (Photo credit: Nikki Adams)

September 13- Arizona will officially kick off their preseason this evening as Arizona Second XV welcomes Grand Canyon University Second XV to Tucson. Lock Daniel Hagan '21 leads a very young side, with many making their formal debuts as Wildcats.

Up front, the Freshmen trio of Jordan Wander, Braeden Looper, and Theo Smith all make their debuts after strong preseasons. Hagan is joined by Carson Harthun at Lock while the back row of Tyler Heer, Jack McCrossin, and Jakob Brown all make their first appearances.

In the backs, Scrumhalf Sid Shoop looks to build on a strong preseason camp thus far. "Sid is getting better every week and is a halfback that will push the tempo so we're excited to see that" said Head Coach Sean Duffy. A bit of experience is in the backline with Outside Center Jayme Thomas and Fullback Noah Thompson providing some leadership to the young group. Making their first appearances are Flyhalf James Karton, Center Hosea Brown, and Wings Cyprian Miller and Carter Clarke.

In the Wildcats Third XV, additional players from their 2018 recruiting class are in the side along with a standout group of walk on players. Arizona Third XV will be lead by Prop Ryan Elias with Scrumhalf Tanner Davison serving as Vice Captain.

For the Wildcats, these preseason matches kick off their Fall 2018 schedule that features numerous opportunities for young players to show what they can do. "So excited to take the leash off these guys and let them hit someone in a different color, and the quality of GCU makes it a great atmosphere for two D1A sides looking to get ready for 2019" said Duffy.

Second XV vs GCU Second XV

Kickoff: 6:00 PM

1- Jordan Wander

2- Braeden Looper

3- Theo Smith

4- Daniel Hagan (C)

5- Carson Harthun

6- Tyler Heer

7- Jack McCrossin

8- Jakob Brown

9- Sid Shoop

10- James Karton

11- Cyprian Miller

12- Hosea Brown

13- Jayme Thomas (VC)

14- Carter Clarke

15- Noah Thompson

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16- Eric Cervantes

17- Ryan Elias

18- Max Richins

19- Blaze Hutkin

20- Victor Castillo

21- Tanner Davison

22- Lucas Agasse

23- Mason Phillips

Third XV vs GCU Third XV

Kickoff: 7:30 PM

1- Ryan Elias

2- Eric Cervantes

3- Max Richins

4- Giancarlo Esposito

5- Blaze Hutkin

6- Nate Amico

7- Victor Castillo

8- Sacha Bojanowski

9- Tanner Davison

10- Lucas Agasse

11- Mason Phillips

12- Ryan Caviani

13- Adam Richardson

14- Zach Ognall

15- Alasdair Scott-Watson

 

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