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Arizona top-rated 2014 OL arrested, dismissed


The Arizona Wildcats are going to be without one of their top rated players from the 2014 class. They lost their highest-rated player from the class of 2014 after he was arrested in connection with a burglary that happened on June 27.

According to College Football Talk, offensive lineman Jordan Poland was arrested on suspicion of trafficking in stolen property. Poland was arrested Wednesday night and the Wildcats acted swiftly in dismissing him from the team.

The charge came from a burglary on June 27 that police said Poland allegedly pawned a microphone from. It is unclear whether he actually took place in the burglary or not right now.

“The athletics department and the football program were notified earlier today of an issue involving Jordan Poland,” a joint statement attributed to head football coach Rich Rodriguez and athletic director Greg Byrne began. “As a result, we have decided that Jordan will no longer be a member of our football team. We will continue to cooperate with the authorities on this matter moving forward.”

Poland was a four-star member of the Wildcats’ 2014 class as the twelfth ranked offensive tackle in the country and fourteenth ranked player in the state of California. Poland was expected to compete for a starting job in 2915 after redshirting his freshman year.

The Wildcats open the season at home against the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio on September 3.

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Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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