Arizona Wildcats 2018 countdown to kickoff: 86 days

Real nice article about Jon Horton in the countdown of the Arizona Wildcats. We are so proud! #86!


We now stand at 86 days — into the third week of the countdown — until the Arizona Wildcats kick off their 2018 season under new coach Kevin Sumlin.

When Arizona hosts BYU on Sept. 1, it will mark the 40th anniversary since the Wildcats joined the Pac-12 (went from the Pac-8 to the Pac-10 then) and also the 20th anniversary of the 1998 team with the best record in school history, 12-1, and the 25th anniversary of the 1993 team that went 10-2 with a win over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.

To get ready for the upcoming season, All Sports Tucson offers another countdown, which will include memories from former Wildcats, history notes and a look ahead to the season. Think of it as a way to keep Arizona football on the mind in the summer months leading up to fall camp in early August and then kickoff against the Cougars marking the start of the Sumlin Era.

To catch up on the countdown click on this: Arizona Wildcats 2018 countdown to kickoff.


— With it being the 86th day ’til kickoff, the best player to wear No. 86 for Arizona? That would be wide receiver Jon Horton, a native Tucsonan who played for the Wildcats from 1983 to 1986. He is a Sunnyside High School grad who ranks 10th in career catches (136) and sixth in receiving yards (2,415) in Wildcat history.

Horton’s professional career led him to the World Football League, and that impacted his life, career away from football and his future. He runs his own personal training business in the Netherlands. Here is a picture of him promoting that line of work (notice the Arizona football helmet on his right pectoral muscle).

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