Ricky came to Arizona at the urging of an assistant coach at the local high school. Bob Odenwelder, who had played at Arizona in 1961. Says Smith, "He's the finest linebacker I've ever coached or seen." And how does Smith rate Lamonte? "He's just like Ricky."
In the Arizona scheme of things, the defense is designed to set up the tackles for the two inside linebackers. Thus far in his career, Ricky has 231 unassisted and 173 assisted tackles. "The reason I like to hit," he explains, "is that it's so much better than being hit." Utah Coach Chuck Stobart was suitably impressed. "I've never seen a better linebacker than Ricky Hunley," he said. "His brother isn't too bad, either."
On the other side of the ball, Tunnicliffe was also impressive with a 17-for-26 passing performance, good for 298 yards—in only three quarters of action. That moved him up to eighth on the list of alltime Pac-10 passers in yardage. Tunnicliffe passed for one touchdown, a four-yarder in the fourth quarter to Tight End Mark Walczak. The Cats' other three TDs came on two short runs by Vance Johnson and one by Tailback Phil Freeman. Having repeatedly heard, as have so many others, that at 6 feet he's too short to play quarterback, Tunnicliffe says, "I'll be a lot taller when I'm standing on top of my victories."
So will everyone else connected with Arizona football. The idea of paying for crimes committed by someone else is hardly what made America great, but Lamonte brushes it off, saying, "Aaah, it was something people I don't even know did a long time ago." Ricky is similarly calm: "Every day there's a new day and another one that's gone. But the most important thing is, our defense is going to get better, a lot better—and just wait until Lamonte gets good."