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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Tucson, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Tucson, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Tucson, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Tucson, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Tucson, AZ

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Tucson, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Tucson, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Tucson, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Tucson, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Tucson, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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Roster size is still a question for Adia Barnes and Arizona women’s basketball

Last season, Adia Barnes tried to juggle a roster of 15 players. It didn’t work for the Arizona Wildcats, so Barnes went with a roster of 12 this year to provide more opportunities for her young players to get on the court.“I’m only having 12 because 15 was a nightmare,” Barnes said in September. “When you have 15 players, you have 10 players that hate you and they’re miserable. It’s just how it is, so I think 15 is way too many. I didn’t really understand. I just think younger coach, yo...

Last season, Adia Barnes tried to juggle a roster of 15 players. It didn’t work for the Arizona Wildcats, so Barnes went with a roster of 12 this year to provide more opportunities for her young players to get on the court.

“I’m only having 12 because 15 was a nightmare,” Barnes said in September. “When you have 15 players, you have 10 players that hate you and they’re miserable. It’s just how it is, so I think 15 is way too many. I didn’t really understand. I just think younger coach, you think, ‘Fifteen. Oh, great! We have enough to practice.’ Now I have 12 and we haven’t had enough to practice. It’s kind of like damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

Barnes has continued to struggle with the issue of having too few to practice as the season has progressed. She has not had a fully-healthy squad since the summer, making practice difficult. With only 12 players on the roster and one of those already lost for the season, she’s still trying to figure out what works best to keep everyone happy while allowing the team to have enough players to have five-on-five drills.

Even before it was known that Lauren Ware would be out for the season, Arizona had minor injuries that kept players out of practice. Of the freshmen, both Maya Nnaji and Paris Clark have missed practice time and games in the early part of the season and preseason. Lauren Fields missed practice time after accidentally cutting her finger.

The absences are causing real issues in development. One of those issues was exposed by Long Beach State last Sunday. Arizona is still struggling to play against a zone defense. In past years, it was because the team had difficulty shooting. Against the Beach, the Wildcats had difficulty passing the ball, especially inside, without turning it over. They turned the ball over 20 times, 10 of those coming in the first quarter.

Barnes says that the only way to get better at playing against the zone is to practice it. She would like to have half her team simultaneously learning to play zone defense against the half that’s learning to generate offense against it. She simply hasn’t had the players to do that.

Fortunately, Arizona has some help on the way. Montaya Dew, ESPN’s ninth-ranked player in the 2023 class, will be enrolling early. Barnes said that she would arrive shortly after Christmas. While Dew won’t be playing this spring, she will provide extra help in practice.

As for future years, Barnes is still trying to work out what is best as far as roster size.

“Definitely need to probably have another player, meaning 12 healthy players,” Barnes said. “So I think probably adding another player or two, and then maybe that 13th is a walk-on. But just to have those numbers because it’s been hard this year practicing if we don’t have enough [male practice players] show up or if we want to use our team to get in better shape or condition, we can’t. We can’t play two teams, so that’s been super challenging.”

When: Friday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. MST

Where: Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif.

Radio: The radio broadcast can be accessed online via The Varsity Network or on the radio at KTUC 1400 AM.

Rankings and ratings: Arizona is ranked 15th in the AP media poll and No. 14 in the WBCA coaches poll. The Wildcats are rated No. 16 overall by Her Hoop Stats. They are No. 17 on offense and No. 19 on defense.

CBU is not ranked in the two major polls. The Lancers are rated No. 133 overall by Her Hoop Stats. They are No. 88 on offense and No. 205 on defense.

Projections/Odds: Her Hoop Stats gives Arizona a 92.6 percent probability of winning on a neutral court. The Wildcats also have a 95.3 percent probability of winning at home and an 88.7 percent probability of winning on the road. The projected winning margin for the Wildcats on a neutral court is 20.6.

There were no odds at the online sportsbooks as of Nov. 24.

When: Saturday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. MST

Where: Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif.

Radio: The radio broadcast can be accessed online via The Varsity Network or on the radio at KTUC 1400 AM.

Rankings and ratings: Arizona is ranked 15th in the AP media poll and No. 14 in the WBCA coaches poll. The Wildcats are rated No. 16 overall by Her Hoop Stats. They are No. 17 on offense and No. 19 on defense.

USD is not ranked in the major polls. The Toreros are rated No. 103 by Her Hoop Stats. They are No. 143 on offense and No. 70 on defense.

Projections/Odds: Her Hoop Stats gives Arizona an 88.6 percent probability of winning on the road. The Wildcats have a 94 percent probability of winning at home and an 89.9 percent probability of winning on a neutral court. The stats service projects a 10.7 margin of victory for Arizona at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

There were no odds at the online sportsbooks as of Nov. 24.

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Wildcats spend Thanksgiving in Adia Barnes' hometown; freshmen give back

After playing their first four games at home, the Wildcats hit the road for the first time this season. They’ll play two games in 24 hours as part of the USD Thanksgiving Classic in San Diego. Arizona (4-0) opens against Cal Baptist at 5 p.m. Friday, then takes on USD at 5 p.m. the next day.Coach Adia Barnes says she’s “curious to see” how the team performs and “excited to see how we’re going to respond.”“I want to see where we’re at,” she added. “… I thin...

After playing their first four games at home, the Wildcats hit the road for the first time this season. They’ll play two games in 24 hours as part of the USD Thanksgiving Classic in San Diego. Arizona (4-0) opens against Cal Baptist at 5 p.m. Friday, then takes on USD at 5 p.m. the next day.

Coach Adia Barnes says she’s “curious to see” how the team performs and “excited to see how we’re going to respond.”

“I want to see where we’re at,” she added. “… I think it’d be a fun week in San Diego for Thanksgiving. What could be a better place? I’m not biased.”

Barnes grew up in San Diego and attended Mission Bay High School. She plans to spend the holiday with the Wildcats, her parents and grandmother as well as her sister Maisha’s family. Barnes’ parents, Patricia and Bruce, will cater the event.

“I think it’s cool for players to see like where you grew up, your parents and stuff like that,” Barnes said.

The Wildcats kept their routine as close as they could to any other week. Tuesday was spent working on individual skills and practicing. They practiced again Wednesday before flying to San Diego.

The first road trip of the season is about more than just basketball. The freshmen will learn how to travel, what to pack and what Barnes’ standards are on the road.

“I am pretty sure one of them will forget something … we’re going to have to check some things a couple times, because they are freshmen,” Barnes said with a laugh. “It’s funny because a lot of them have never been to California — like Kailyn (Gilbert) Paris (Clark), Lemyah (Hylton). I’m like, ‘You’ve never been to California?’ To me, that’s weird, but I guess a lot of Californians have never been to New York. I think they’re going to love it and see different parts of the world, be exposed to different things. I think they’re going to see it’s different than AAU (tournaments). There aren’t five people to a room ... I think it’s going to be a fun experience for them.”

Nnaji, with help from former UA standout Danielle Adefeso, partnered with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to pull together the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Arizona’s freshman star asked UA fans to bring canned goods to McKale Center before Sunday’s game, and they responded. Fans donated 648 pounds of food.

“I think it’s amazing,” Barnes said. “(Nnaji) is selfless. She has so many aspirations to change so many things and give back. For her, it’s not about NIL money. It’s about giving stuff to the community. That’s the way she wants to do it.”

She didn’t stop there. On Monday, the Wildcats’ only day off this week, Nnaji and Gilbert served a Thanksgiving dinner to children at the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson.

“When you have freshmen doing that, I think it’s amazing,” Barnes said. “That’s not for community service; that is their own time. And at a time when there’s a lot of schoolwork and we’re getting ready to travel, it says a lot about those two — who they are and what they want to do. I think that the city and the community should be really proud of them because that’s not something they have to do. I’m proud of them. I love that.”

In the first two weeks of the season, it’s been upset city. Eight top-10 teams have lost already this season and three of the top teams’ losses came against unranked opponents — the most since at least the 1999-2000 season, according to ESPN Stats Info.

“I think this time of year, no one’s where they want to be. We’re not, probably South Carolina isn’t, Stanford isn’t. All of us improve a lot throughout the year. When you face a team that’s really hungry and on the wrong night and they’re hot, I think there’s upsets,” Barnes said.

Why are there so many upsets?

“I don’t think you see all the great players going to one place. I think it’s really spread out. I think you’re going to see more of that, which I like for our game,” Barnes said. “I think that sometimes the media really puts some high expectations on people that I don’t think are really accurate — (and they do it) early. I think it’s hard to tell and I think you just sometimes go by names, and the brand of a school when you rank someone and it’s not the best indication.

“We’re one of those teams that always climbs up. That Final Four year (in 2021), we started at 20. Last year we started (around 20), we went to 5. I don’t really care during the year. I wouldn’t care if we were 20 the whole year, then at the end, we would rank high. … None of us are where we want to be. If you talk to any coaches, we’re all like, ‘Uh,’ all of us think we stink right now. But you’ve got to find a way to get better.”

Clark is out of the concussion protocol and has been cleared to play.

The Wildcats have started each of their last four seasons 4-0.

'No one is more prepared' for Territorial Cup than Trenton Bourguet, ASU's Marana-raised QB

If you want to play Territorial Cup bingo this week, add “How come Arizona never offered this guy?” to the card.You’ll hear — or maybe even ask — the question on Friday, when the Arizona Wildcats host Trenton Bourguet and Arizona State at Arizona Stadium.Bourguet, Arizona State’s quarterback, grew up in Marana as a Wildcats fan. Now, he’s in line to become the first Tucsonan to ever start a Territorial Cup game at quarterback for ASU.“My kids grew up in the front row at Ari...

If you want to play Territorial Cup bingo this week, add “How come Arizona never offered this guy?” to the card.

You’ll hear — or maybe even ask — the question on Friday, when the Arizona Wildcats host Trenton Bourguet and Arizona State at Arizona Stadium.

Bourguet, Arizona State’s quarterback, grew up in Marana as a Wildcats fan. Now, he’s in line to become the first Tucsonan to ever start a Territorial Cup game at quarterback for ASU.

“My kids grew up in the front row at Arizona Stadium for 14 years, so it’s a big deal,” said Toby Bourguet, Trenton’s father and former UA football season ticket holder.

So, how did a diehard UA fan end up playing quarterback for the rival Sun Devils? Well, it’s complicated.

Trenton Bourguet was an elementary-school student when he tagged along with his dad and brothers on a flag football trip to Dallas. The renowned Tucson Turf team won national championships in the 10U and 8U boys division.

While there, Trenton was spotted by Deion Sanders — yes, that Deion Sanders.

“He was like, ‘Look, this kid has it.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve been told that before ...’” Toby Bourguet said. “That was the first of many.”

Trenton Bourguet starred at Marana High School, setting the school passing record with 7,612 yards and 86 touchdowns in three years as a starter. The Star named Bourguet as the top player in the city entering his senior season, when he led the Tigers to an 8-3 record.

When he left Tucson for ASU, the odds of him returning to Tucson as a starting quarterback were slim.

Growing up, the Bourguet boys — Trenton, Coben and Treyson — had their own wing inside the family’s Marana home.

“They went to bed every night knowing they had the comfort of one another,” Toby Bourguet said. “I found it very important and comforting. … It was a way to keep us as a team. Our family, we’re a team, so that was the idea, and it worked out extremely well. To this day, those three boys are pretty close.”

Toby and his wife Vanessa preached two principles: A and E. Not the TV channel: Attitude and effort. Grounded in their Christian faith, the Bourguets had a “Represent” sign along with a photo of Jesus Christ above the door in the boys’ room.

“Every day, they stepped through that threshold — like Notre Dame football — and would walk out into the world and have a responsibility to work hard and show up and be present and give their best effort,” Toby Bourguet said. “That effort could mean failing at whatever it is they do that day, but I’ve always told them, ‘Don’t let it be because of lack of effort.’ If the effort is there, you win. It’s not a score thing, it’s an effort thing.”

Former Marana coach Louie Ramirez witnessed Trenton Bourguet’s attitude and effort up close. Shortly after he was hired in 2018, Ramirez called Bourguet into his office. He asked the quarterback which plays should be included in that year’s playbook.

“Right there on the spot, he drew up like six or seven plays that he wanted to make sure we kept in the offense,” Ramirez said. “I’ll never forget that moment because of how sharp he was, how intelligent, hard-working — you could look at him and tell he had a true love and passion for the game. I always knew Trenton had a genuine passion for the game of football.”

Unfortunately for Bourguet, work ethic doesn’t always jump out to Division I recruiters. Bourguet’s 5-foot-11-inch frame prevented him from receiving legitimate attention from top schools, even the one in his hometown.

Eager to learn from coach Herm Edwards, Bourguet enrolled at Arizona State and joined the football team as a walk-on. Coaching is a part of Bourguet’s post-playing plan.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Trenton is gonna succeed at his next venture after he’s done playing,” Ramirez said.

Bourguet earned a scholarship shortly after the 2020 season, when he entered the game in the second half of ASU’s historic 70-7 win over the Wildcats. Brother Coben joined the Sun Devils as a wide receiver before the 2021. Treyson Bourguet, a former UA commit, just finished his first season at Western Michigan. He played in four games at quarterback.

Toby Bourguet has been soaking it all in from Marana.

“I just wake up every day and almost pinch myself because I’m so truly blessed,” he said.

Even after Trenton Bourguet earned a scholarship at ASU, he was still doubted.

A chain of events led to his big chance.

Starter Jayden Daniels transferred to LSU following in February, leaving Bourguet and Alabama transfer Paul Tyson to battle for the starting quarterback spot.

In May, ASU added Florida transfer Emory Jones with the expectation that he would start. Jones threw for 557 yards and two touchdowns over the Sun Devils’ first three games. The team went 1-2, and Edwards was fired after a Sept. 17 loss to Eastern Michigan.

Interim coach Shaun Aguano stuck with the struggling Jones until Oct. 8, when the quarterback was injured in a game against No. 20 Washington. Bourguet stepped in and threw three touchdown passes in a 45-38 upset win over the Huskies.

“I’ve prepared the last four years like I’m the starter,” Bourguet, who was unavailable for comment this week, said then. “You’re always a play away and I’ve been told that. … I just prepared like the starter the whole week and at the end of the day, we came out victorious against a very good Washington team. It was a lot of fun.”

Bourguet was named the starter for ASU’s following road game at Colorado, and completed 32 of 43 passes for 435 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 42-34 win over the Buffaloes.

ASU hasn’t won since. The Sun Devils enter Friday’s game with a 3-8 record, one game behind the 4-7 Wildcats.

Neither team will play in a bowl game this season, placing even more importance on the Territorial Cup. Arizona coach Jedd Fisch called the matchup a “plus-one” to an 11-game season.

But if the UA’s “It’s Personal” mantra applies to anyone this week, it’s the Tucsonan starting at quarterback for ASU.

“No one is more prepared to know this rivalry, know what this game means” than Bourguet, his father said. “Period. That’s a fact,” Toby Bourguet added.

“His life has led him to this point for a reason.”

Deadline looms for Tucson decision on fate of free public transit

The free rides are nearly over for Tucsonans who use public transit unless the city can find $9 million or so a year to keep them going.Fare-free bus, van and streetcar rides, which began in 2020 as a way to limit contact between drivers and passengers during the pandemic, are slated to end on Dec. 31 without a new infusion of public or private money.Officials at University of Arizona, where some ...

The free rides are nearly over for Tucsonans who use public transit unless the city can find $9 million or so a year to keep them going.

Fare-free bus, van and streetcar rides, which began in 2020 as a way to limit contact between drivers and passengers during the pandemic, are slated to end on Dec. 31 without a new infusion of public or private money.

Officials at University of Arizona, where some student leaders are pushing for permanent fare-free transit, have not yet said publicly if the UA will contribute.

The City Council is expected to vote next month on the future of the program funded until recently by federal COVID-19 relief grants now poised to expire.

A staff study, reviewed by the council last month, looked at several U.S. communities with fare-free transit systems and found they have something in common Tucson lacks: a funding source specifically dedicated to that purpose.

Some locales rely on sales tax or property tax or a vehicle rental tax to make up for revenue once covered by transit fares. Others receive financial contributions from universities or private employers.

In Tucson, 60% of Sun Link streetcar riders and 20% of Sun Tran bus riders are UA students, Ward 6 councilman Steve Kozachik said at an Oct. 5 study session. UA student leaders have publicly pleaded with the City Council to keep the system free of charge for users, he noted.

“We need you to knock on Bobby Robbins’ door,” Kozachik said of the student lobbying effort, referring to UA President Robert Robbins.

UA spokeswoman Pam Scott said the school already contributes about $800,000 a year to the transit system by subsidizing 50% of the cost of transit passes for faculty, staff and students. The UA has done so for years and plans to continue the practice, she said in a Nov. 17 email interview.

Asked about the possibility of a larger contribution, Scott said “I don’t have anything to add at this time.”

City officials said they also plan to seek funding from other entities such as Pima Community College and private employers.

About 5,600 Tucsonans who answered a survey this year were 82% in favor of keeping the transit system fare-free. But that sentiment was not shared by the nearly 50 transit operators who took a similar quiz.

About 83% of bus drivers, 75% of streetcar operators and 89% of paratransit van drivers who responded said Tucson should go back to charging for rides, the study said.

Drivers reported a sharp increase in assaults on operators and passengers after free fares took effect, from 21 incidents in 2019 to 64 in 2021. Many of the disputes arose when riders refused to wear face masks on board, officials said.

Several cities with fare-free transit have adopted strict codes of conduct that allow riders to be banned for repeat violations and new rules to prevent unsheltered people from riding around continuously to escape the elements.

Tucson transit officials say they've already made improvements by adding extra security staffing to increase onboard safety.

Ward 3 Councilman Kevin Dahl said free bus and streetcar rides will help the city meet its environmental goals by reducing emissions from private vehicles.

"For me, climate change is the reason to invest in a free transit system, so we can get more people out of their cars and into public transit," he said.

What to watch for when the Arizona Wildcats face ASU for the Territorial Cup

Here are three things to watch in the Arizona Wildcats’ annual game against Arizona State for the Territorial Cup at Arizona Stadium (Friday, 1 p.m., FS1), plus a score prediction and some pertinent preview links:Eighteen Wildcats are expected to participate in the pregame Senior Day ceremony. We have obtained the list, which is subject to change. It does not include two players who are out of eligibility: defensive end Jalen Harris and linebacker Jerry Roberts. Harris walked on Senior Day last ...

Here are three things to watch in the Arizona Wildcats’ annual game against Arizona State for the Territorial Cup at Arizona Stadium (Friday, 1 p.m., FS1), plus a score prediction and some pertinent preview links:

Eighteen Wildcats are expected to participate in the pregame Senior Day ceremony. We have obtained the list, which is subject to change. It does not include two players who are out of eligibility: defensive end Jalen Harris and linebacker Jerry Roberts. Harris walked on Senior Day last year but decided to return for a final season. Some of the players walking Friday could return to Arizona in 2023 or transfer and play elsewhere. Here’s the list, in alphabetical order: RB Drake Anderson, DT Kyon Barrs, RB Nazar Bombata, RB Jashon Butler, QB Gunner Cruz, OG Josh Donovan, DE Hunter Echols, OT Paiton Fears, WR Jamarye Joiner, TE Issaiah Johnson, CB Isaiah Mays, DE Jeremy Mercier, OT Jordan Morgan, P Kyle Ostendorp, CB Christian Roland-Wallace, S Jaxen Turner, RB Michael Wiley, S Christian Young.

The quarterback matchup is intriguing on many levels. Arizona’s Jayden de Laura is coming off his worst outing as a Wildcat. But every time he’s had a substandard performance, he has played some of his best ball the following week. After throwing three interceptions vs. Mississippi State, de Laura completed 71.4% of his throws without a pick vs. North Dakota State. After throwing two picks vs. Cal (a game in which he passed for 401 yards), de Laura tied the school record with six TD passes vs. Colorado. After he fumbled multiple times vs. Utah, de Laura passed for 315 yards and two touchdowns vs. UCLA. What does he have in store for ASU? His counterpart, Trenton Bourguet, is from Marana; he’s believed to be the first Tucson-area QB to start for the Sun Devils in a Territorial Cup game. Unwanted by his hometown school, Bourguet joined the ASU program as a walk-on. He didn’t begin this season as the starter but took over for Emory Jones about a month ago. It’d be an incredible story if Bourguet helped ASU keep the Cup.

Channeling emotions has been a prominent topic for the Wildcats in recent weeks. It’s impossible to say how much of De Laura’s struggles vs. Washington State - his former school - had to do with that. But it was undoubtedly a factor. De Laura and receiver Dorian Singer got into it with each other along the sideline during that game. Singer was unable to finish last year’s Territorial Cup after being ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. Football requires intensity, and it’s sometimes hard to walk the line between edginess and recklessness. The UA-ASU game is always emotional and intense. On balance, that’s a good thing. Arizona Stadium will be buzzing Friday afternoon – unlike last Saturday vs. WSU. There was hardly any energy in the building, and the Wildcats’ performance on the field reflected that. If Arizona doesn’t play well against ASU, it won’t be because of any external factors.

FINAL SCORE: Arizona 38, ASU 27

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