October 3, 1999 |
Aaron Arnold didn't expect the play to work. Marcus Brady likewise had his doubts. But Jeff Kearin was certain of one thing. "Aaron Arnold does what Aaron Arnold does," said Kearin, interim coach for Cal State Northridge. "He's been a big-play guy since we got him. It always comes back to, 'Let's get the ball to Aaron Arnold. Let's throw it to him, hand it to him, kick it to him.'
November 22, 1995 |
Monroe High quarterback Aaron Arnold, who glides around the football field with style and efficiency, smiles and reveals an intimate detail about himself. "I love to stuff the run," he says. Granted, Arnold is talking about playing football on his video system, but he still isn't what you might call a typical quarterback. His practice pants get dirty.
October 21, 1999
Jeff Kearin walked onto the Cal State Northridge practice field Wednesday with a warning. "Hey, you guys in the secondary," the Matadors' interim coach said, "Big guy, No. 18, Aaron Arnold. . . Don't hit him!" To which cornerback Chazz Moore quipped: "I'm going to smash him." The mood may have been jocular, but Kearin wasn't kidding.
October 14, 1999 |
Aaron Arnold watched practice from close range Wednesday at Cal State Northridge, his right shoulder bundled in a bag of ice. While the Matadors prepared for a Big Sky Conference game Saturday against visiting Cal State Sacramento, Arnold, the Matadors' career receiving leader, looked on in discomfort. He will not play because of a separated shoulder sustained last week against Montana. "It feels better every day," Arnold said, giving his shoulder a wiggle. "I have some pretty good mobility."
September 6, 1997 |
One Cal State Northridge coach says the kid will be an impact receiver. The quarterback says he might well become the best the school has ever seen at his position. Aaron Arnold, only a sophomore, already is showered by superlatives. And why not? He is a graceful athlete with sure hands and sound football sense. Yet Arnold takes compliments in the same stride that could carry him where no other Northridge receiver has gone. "I've got a lot to learn," he said.
August 20, 2000 |
From the minute he got to Nashville, Aaron Arnold felt so darn miserable, so much like those guys they twang about in those country songs. Not because he disliked the city. It was no eyesore and, frankly, all that stuff about Southern hospitality was true. Not because he would be away from home, pretty much alone, for such a long haul for the first time. He anticipated missing his family and friends for sure, but was prepared to stick it out. No sirree, nothing that simple to overcome.