Arizona Wildcats football: Ranking the UA's offseason videos and other links

2013-08-28T12:30:00Z 2013-08-28T12:31:30Z Arizona Wildcats football: Ranking the UA's offseason videos and other linksDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 28, 2013 12:30 pm  • 

If there is any bad news about the UA football season starting Friday night it's that the program's hilarious and well-executed offseason videos are coming to an end.

From a Mariachi band singing to coach Rich Rodriguez on his birthday to tight ends coach Charlie Ragle getting thrown out of a bar to Rodriguez showing off his dancing skills, they've all been great. 

But today, we rank the top five.

1. Dance-off to complete fall camp

Will Parks gets it started and Rodriguez finishes it off. Obviously, Rodriguez's moves are the highlights of the video, but Davonte' Neal's "worm" and Derrick Rainey's dance are also amazing. It's always fun to get a behind-the-scenes look at a team and this provides it.

View count: Nearly 171,000

2. The original Hard Edge video

This one looked like a lock to be the best video of the offseason until the dance video came along. What started as photo shoot for a postcard to send to recruits turned into an epic video. Ragle being tossed down a few stairs and quarterbacks coach Rod Smith's outfit are my favorites of the video.

View count: 188,121

3. Happy Birthday Coach Rodriguez

The most underrated of the offseason videos in my opinion, this one is a gem. The Pubelo High School Mariachis came through Rodriguez's old office to play for Rodriguez on his 50th birthday. Like few can, Rodriguez played along brilliantly and even played some guitar. 

View count: A disappointing 5,622

4. Hard Edge II

Like most sequels, Hard Edge II wasn't as good as the original, but it's still pretty darn entertaining. It lacks a single great scene like some of the other videos, but is still entertaining. The highlights from last season with Brian Jeffries on the call may be my favorite part.

View count: 21,635

5. Arizona Football Cribs

Again, I'm a sucker for the behind-the-scenes videos and this one provides some cool insight for what it's like for the UA team a night before the home game. The Wildcats stay at La Paloma and get spoiled for a night. I also love Marquis Flowers talking about how much he loves the hotel showers.

View count: 5,677


A couple of other links worth passing on:

Last week, UA recruit Sharif Williams suffered a serious leg injury in his team's first game of the season against Valor Christian High School of Colorado. The injury will likely keep Williams, a nose tackle, out for his senior season. 

Valor put together a very cool video wishing Williams a speedy recovery

Also:

An article worth reading today is the one Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com put together. In it, he polls five NFL executives to see if the "zone read" offense, which Rodriguez popularized, is in the NFL for good. To me, the most interesting response is the fifth one, which tells you to keep an eye on Chip Kelly the next couple of seasons. If Kelly thrives in the NFL, it would seem like teams would be interested in talking to Rodriguez in the years to come.

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About this blog

Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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