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Ex-Arizona Wildcat Willie Mobley finds a new place to play as a grad student

Willie Mobley

Willie Mobley can’t quite get to UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin last season. Photo by Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Former Arizona Wildcat defensive lineman Willie Mobley apparently has some football left.

Mobley, a senior reserve last season for the Cats, landed on New Mexico State’s signing list Wednesday as a graduate student. NMSU will have to (or already has) apply to the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility.

Mobley missed the 2011 season at Arizona because of a torn ACL suffered in an offseason basketball pickup game, and it is believed an injury played a part in him sitting out the 2008 season as a freshman at Ohio State. The NCAA can grant a sixth season of eligibility if a student-athlete misses two seasons for circumstances out of his control.

Mobley attended Orange Coast College in Southern California in 2009, but did not play, before transferring to Arizona.

He made 27 tackles at Arizona, including 20 last season.

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