Arizona receiver Austin Hill tears ACL
According to the Arizona Daily Star, talented Wildcats pass-catcher Austin Hill left practice on Wednesday with an ice pack on his leg but an unknown diagnosis. Following Saturday's spring game on Pac-12 Networks, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez confirmed that Hill suffered an ACL injury that likely puts his 2013 season in jeopardy.
The 6-foot-3 receiver was a second team All-Pac-12 selection last year after hauling in 81 passes for 1,364 yards. Hill was expected to challenge for a number of honors as the top player in the Arizona passing game with the departure of Dan Buckner to graduation.
The Wildcats are in the middle of a search for their next starting quarterback and, with Hill down for the foreseeable future, it appears a No. 1 wideout as well. Sophomore David Richards and receiver-turned-tight end Terrence Miller figure to be in the mix on the outside. Junior Tyler Slavin, who caught a 97-yard touchdown during Saturday's spring game, is another name Rodriguez hopes steps up. Incoming freshman T.J. Johnson and redshirt freshman Trey Griffey could also see action in the rotation.
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