Arizona linebacker Cody Ippolito has torn his ACL and will be out for the season for the second time in three years. Ippolito’s injury was announced by Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez, who expressed his disappointment.
“Cody was having a really good camp and he’s a tough, hard-nosed football player,” Rodriguez said. “He loves to compete and loves to practice, so I was really disappointed for him. He’ll rehab like crazy after surgery, and hopefully we’ll get him back for another year or two playing at a high level.”
Fortunately, because of his missing two seasons due to injury, Ippolito should have no problem getting fifth and sixth years of eligibility from the NCAA due to medical hardship. A former star at Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School, he appeared in 13 games last season and had 52 tackles with a sack.
Ippolito was also competing for the starting strongside linebacker’s spot with teammate Derrick Turituri and was also set to be Scooby Wright’s primary backup. His loss is a blow to a tough Arizona defense, and hopefully the team can manage to put up another great season without him.
Arizona opens the season at home against Texas-San Antonio on September 3.
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