On Thursday, Arizona Wildcats junior receiver Tyler Slavin announced on his Twitter account, which he does not make public to everyone, that he was leaving the university.
On Friday afternoon, the athletic department removed his name from its on-line football roster.
There was no other announcement from Arizona — so no reason given for Slavin’s departure — but it’s safe to assume Slavin won’t be back and that the Wildcats once-deep receiver position is getting thin on the outside.
Slavin caught 22 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown last season. At least that one career score was a memorable one. He caught a 2-yard pass with 19 seconds left to cap the Cats’ incredible comeback in a 49-48 victory over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl.
Slavin’s opportunities appeared bigger this season after the departure of senior Dan Buckner and the spring ACL injury to potential All-American Austin Hill, whose unavailability leaves UA without a proven go-to threat. Hill and Slavin were high school teammates in Corona, Calif.