It was a year ago today.
Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Jacob Arzouman, after a redshirt season, after preparing all summer to play, after working with the first-team tackles through the early part of camp, tore up his ACL in a one-on-one drill in practice. And that was that for his season.
Welcome to rehab, Jacob.
“It’s really sad,” coach Rich Rodriguez said after that Aug. 6 practice.
A year later, Arzouman is back, he said the knee feels great … and when camp started last weekend he was once again out there with the first-string line, this time at center.
That position is the Cats’ greatest need on a promising offensive line, with new line coach Jim Michalczik having to replace two-year standout Kyle Quinn.
If Arzouman can’t handle it, junior college transfer Steven Gurrola will. If those options aren’t satisfactory, the coaches will look to senior starting guard Chris Putton to move to the middle, when he trained in the spring. (Putton otherwise will be the starting left guard, with Cayman Bundage probable at right guard.)
For now, Arzouman (6-5, 271) is “excited and happy” to be out there, emotions that came in contrast to how he felt a year ago, not that he wasted time feeling sorry for himself.