WR Austin Hill returns to Arizona Wildcats practice
Last season, as a sophomore, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Hill caught 81 passes for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors in the process.
However, he tore his ACL late in spring practice this season and has yet to take the field for Rich Rodriguez's team. But, he's getting closer.
"He'll put on the cleats, put on the pads, and go through individual workouts," the coach said during his weekly press conference Monday. "His doctor from back home cleared him to practice."
Of course, practicing is much different from actually playing, and with three games left on the schedule -- plus a potential bowl game -- there may yet be a chance the Corona, CA native suits up this year for the Wildcats (6-3, 3-3).
"This week he'll be doing some stuff with Coach (Tony) Dews so that's good to see," Rodriguez added. "He's bigger and stronger than he's ever been.
I think he's also faster. He's one of the best in the league as far as catching the ball and understanding coverages. Austin has worked really hard and he looks great."
There's no doubt the Wildcats could use a player of Hill's caliber. Though there has been some improvement, Arizona still ranks 101st in the nation in passing yards and does not have one receiver on pace to reach the 600 yard mark.
But even though he's been unable to play, Hill has still made an impact this season.
"Austin is always a vocal guy in the room especially with the young guys and especially with how much they are playing," fellow receiver Terrance Miller said Monday. "He is very good at giving that past experience. He has been there before, and he has done some of the things the coaches ask of these guys to do. He has always been a help."
The Wildcats are just hoping that help will soon extend to the field of play, too.
Adam Green, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com
- No QB yet, but Wildcats a little closer after spring game
- NFL Draft '14: Recapping Arizona's Pro Day and looking ahead to ASU's
- UA's Rodriguez: Proposed play clock rule would change fundamentals of game
- UA's Rodriguez: Don't expect QB to be named by end of spring
- Arizona moves first two games of 2014 season to weekdays
- Bearing Down with Adam and Jarrett - Tuesday April 15Adam and Jarrett talk about UA's early departures.
- Bearing Down with Adam and Jarrett - Thursday April 3Adam and Jarrett recap a tough loss as well as the season itself.
- Bearing Down with Adam and Jarrett - Friday March 28Adam and Jarrett talk about Arizona's run to the Elite 8.
- Bickley Blast - Friday March 28Arizonans can all rally around this University of Arizona basketball team.
- Paul Bessire, predictionmachine.com - Wednesday March 26Paul Bessire reacts to the first week of the NCAA Tournament.