Arizona defensive end Ricky Elmore will out-work anyone for his N.F.L. shot.
Note, is he any good Hostile?
UA defensive end Ricky Elmore fires up his teammates late in the game against Iowa.
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Senior defensive end Ricky Elmore was the last Arizona Wildcat off the field last Thursday night. Helmet still on, Arizona State fans celebrating in the stands, he trudged toward the locker room.
“I just didn’t want to leave,” he said later in the interview room, choking up on the emotion.
“I wouldn’t have come off unless they had made me. I would have sat out there and just waited for everyone to leave. It’s rough. It’s the last time I was going to play in front of those fans. The last time I was going to play on that field.”
Following that 30-29 double-overtime loss to the Sun Devils, Elmore has one more game on the field for Arizona — the Dec. 29 matchup against Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
For the past three seasons as a starter, Elmore has been the football twin of senior end Brooks Reed. High energy. A hustler. They might not be the most physically gifted defensive ends — not quite the NFL prototype — but they sure know how to carve out paths to quarterback.
Nobody in the Pac-10 has done that better than Elmore in the past two seasons.
He had 11.5 sacks in 2009, edged out for the league lead by Oregon’s Kenny Rowe. Elmore, who had three sacks of ASU’s Brock Osweiler, leads the Pac-10 this season with 11 sacks.
And yet he was just honorable mention all-conference last season and was a second-team choice this year.
He was asked after the ASU game if he had received any invitations to postseason all-star games, where he could showcase his abilities for NFL scouts.
“I don’t know,” he said, turning to a member of the Arizona sports information office. “Have I?”