Injured safety Adam Hall, whose status with the Arizona Wildcats seemed uncertain a week ago, is once again “with the program.”
Hall, recovering from a torn ACL in the spring game, was rehabbing during Tuesday’s practice, wearing a yellow jersey signifying an injured player.
“You’re either with the program or you’re not,” coach Rich Rodriguez said, “and he’s with the program right now.”
Hall was not with the team during fall camp, when the roster is set at 105 players. After classes started last week, Rodriguez was asked about Hall’s status.
“I haven’t talked to him. I haven’t seen him,” Rodriguez said at the time.
“He was here at the first team meeting, but he wasn’t allowed to be in the meeting because he wasn’t part of the 105. Since then, our trainers have tried to communicate with him, but we haven’t seen him yet.”
Rodriguez and Hall met late last week … and apparently got on the same page.
Hall is a fourth-year player who should qualify for a medical redshirt for last season (when he played in one game because of an ACL injury) or this season, extending his eligibility into at least 2013. Given the usual recovery time for an ACL injury, he could be back for spring ball.
Hall, known as perhaps Arizona’s hardest hitter, made 54 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore in 2010. The Palo Verde High graduate suffered a torn ACL in spring 2011 but managed to make it back for the Oregon State game — when he had 10 tackles — before being shut down again because of knee problems.