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January 11, 2007At roughly 1:00pm MST, 6-foot-0, 182-pound Arizona All-American cornerback Antoine Cason will announce his decision on whether or to return to Tucson for his senior season.
Afterwards, UA head coach Mike Stoops is expected to react to Cason's decision, as well as talk about the futures of other UA players who may stay or go pro.
Cason is seen as the leader of Arizona's defense and has started all 34 games that he's played in Tucson. The first-team All Pac-10 corner has career totals of 140 unassisted tackles, 42 assisted tackles and 182 total tackles - 10 for a loss of 31 yards - along with 10 interceptions, 17 pass deflections and four forced fumbles.
Cason's career has been especially surprising considering the fact that he wasn't very highly touted in high school. Coming out of Los Alamitos (Calif.), Rivals.com rated Cason as the 37th best cornerback country in the prospect as well as the 61st overall player in California.
With his only offers being from Arizona, Oregon State and Boise State, Antoine never had the option of following in the footsteps of his father, Wendell Cason, who starred for the Oregon Ducks before a pro career with the Atlanta Falcons.
While Arizona has very capable players backing up Cason in the secondary, his return would be a significant boost for next season. Not only does it help Arizona by giving the Wildcats one more season with a major talent on the field, but it shows Cason's faith in the UA program's chances of having a big 2007 campaign.
Cason could very easily go pro, get selected high in the NFL Draft, make millions of dollars and begin training towards a career in the league. However, sticking around and getting a degree would show a commitment to the UA program and his education that would take a special person to make.
One of the most well-spoken and intelligent players on Arizona's team, Cason wouldn't be surprising anyone by coming back to Tucson.
Make sure to be around GOAZCATS.com this afternoon shortly after 1:00pm MST to find out what Antoine Cason decides to do. If you just have to know before then, there's a hint or two about what he and others will decide on the Premium Stoops Suite.
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