Arizona Wildcats safety Adam Hall tweeted Saturday night that he tore an ACL in the spring game, possibly wiping out his 2012 season, one year after he was able to play in only one game.
I tore my acl if you didn’t hear now you know thank you for all the prayers #Beardown
— James Hall (@J_12Smooth) April 15, 2012
Hall also tore an ACL last spring during a practice. He returned to play in the sixth game of the season, against Oregon State, but did not play again all season.
He had been back at full speed this spring, although he was working with the second team during Saturday’s scrimmage. That doesn’t mean much with no formal depth chart right now.
Hall might have been injured when making a big hit on receiver Sean Willet, knocking the ball loose for an incompletion. Willet stayed down on the field for a minute or two but was able to return. Coach Rich Rodriguez said after the scrimmage that he thought Hall might have “tweaked” his knee.
And then Hall tweeted the worse news about five hours later.
This is the third piece of bad news for the UA secondary this spring.
Sophomore safety Jourdon Grandon was indefinitely suspended early in practice after being charged with assault and trespassing after an incident at an off-campus party. Sophomore cornerback Cortez Johnson left the team during spring practice and will transfer to a school close to his Louisiana home.
And now, Hall’s ACL tear.
Rodriguez said his five-man secondary needed more depth, even before the rash of bad news.
Arizona has used returning starter Shaquille Richardson and Derrick Rainey as its primary cornerbacks this spring while waiting for the fall return of Jonathan McKnight from an ACL injury. McKnight has been able to do drill work but did not have contact this spring.
At safety, sophomore Tra’Mayne Bondurant seems poised for a big season at the playmaking “Spur” position. Junior Marquis Flowers is a returning starter. Sophomore walk-on Jared Tevis from Canyon del Oro High, often has worked with the first team this spring.
As for Hall, it’s hard to know what to make of his future at Arizona.
He is listed as a junior, although technically he’s a senior until UA applies for a medical redshirt based on last season. With this new injury, he would seemingly be a candidate to be granted a sixth season to complete his eligibility, if he wanted to pursue it that far.
All that will be decided at some later point. For now, he is looking at rehab again.