Three different Arizona Wildcats from 2005-08 earned All-American status. Then from 2012-14, Ka’Deem Carey and Scooby Wright earned consensus and unanimous All-American honors.

The Wildcats haven’t had an All-American selection since. The Pac-12 Network’s Yogi Roth thinks Arizona wideout Jacob Cowing could be the next. “If you love the WR position,” he tweeted earlier this week, “take the time to watch/study Jacob Cowing.”

A year ago, Cowing finished with the ninth-most receiving yards in college football. He did so on just 69 catches for UTEP. In terms of yards per route run, Cowing was one of the most efficient receivers at the FBS level. When he transferred to Arizona, there was excitement in Tucson, but not enough attention from the outside.

Through the first five games of the Wildcats’ 2022 season, that has changed in a big way. Cowing woke folks up. He currently ranks fifth nationally in receiving yardage and is one off the FBS lead for receiving touchdowns with seven. He also has the fifth-best offensive grade of any qualified receiver in the country (per PFF).

Coach Jedd Fisch was asked on Monday if he was initially concerned at all about Cowing’s ability being able to transition from the G5 to P5 levels, and the answer was a resounding no.

“I wasn’t because I think when you look at his skills — his true skills of catch, run, and you could see him pulling away from defenders — and when you can see a guy pull away from defenders you can translate that our level,” he said.

Arizona hosts No. 12 Oregon on Saturday. A big performance from Cowing would be a nice bullet point on the All-American résumé.