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Roster shuffle: Rodriguez leaves; Berryhill comes back

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TUCSON (KVOA) -- Jedd Fisch lost one and reeled one back in on Tuesday from the lake that continues to be UA football’s roster. 

Quarterback Rhett Rodriguez will not play through a third coach in Tucson.  

The graduate will leave Arizona and join his dad Rich Rodriguez at his new gig as offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Monroe. 

Rodriguez led Catalina Foothills to the Conference 4A state championship game in 2016 where the Falcons lost to Saguaro 42-14. 

He played in 11 games over four seasons at Arizona, first for his dad and then Kevin Sumlin.  

His most action came in Sumlin’s 1st season (2018) when Rodriguez subbed for an injured Khalil Tate in losses at Utah and UCLA. 

Rhett Rodriguez threw for three touchdowns and ran for one in his four seasons at Arizona

Known as Rhett Rod, he started the game against the Bruins at the Rose Bowl, throwing for a career-high 231 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. 

He did not throw a single pass during the 2019 season and his only playing time in 2020 came during UA’s 70-7 blowout loss to Arizona State in the 94th Territorial Cup game. 

Rodriguez will have two years of eligibility remaining to play for the Warhawks. 

Stanley Berryhill will play his final two seasons at UA while pursuing a Master's Degree (Photo courtesy: Stanley Berryhill)

Fisch did manage to pluck another of UA’s wide receivers out of the Transfer Portal. 

The 2020 Wildcats leading pass catcher Stanley Berryhill announced that he will remain in Tucson to continue his career at Arizona. 

Berryhill was also a grad transfer possibility. 

He initially committed to play at Ball State shortly before their appearance here in Tucson in the Arizona Bowl 

Berryhill changed his mind however last week due to several logistical factors including the decision of several senior Cardinals’ receivers opting to return in 2021. 

He will have two more seasons to finish his football eligibility thanks to the COVID-19 year being granted to student-athletes. 

The Tucson-native started his prep career at Mountain View High School but transferred to Orange (CA) Lutheran to play his senior season. 

Berryhill led the 2020 Wildcats in receptions (23), yards (227) and touchdowns (3).  

News 4 Tucson’s David Kelly named the speedy receiver his Offensive MVP for the season. 

He rejoins wide receivers Jamarye Joiner, Majon Wright and Jalen “Boobie” Curry, who all take a look inside the Transfer Portal before making the decision to stay at UA. 

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David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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