For whatever reason, the state of Arizona has seen its fair share of serious and significant knee injuries this spring.
Arizona State’s watched as a pair of starters have gone down with torn ACLs. Saturday, their in-state rival learned they could be about to take the lead in a category they have no desire in winning.
With just under three minutes left in Arizona’s spring game, starting linebacker Jake Fischer collided with a teammate and suffered what’s reportedly a significant injury to his knee. The severity of the injury won’t be known for a few days, but the Arizona Daily Star writes that head coach Mike Stoops admitted that he’s concerned.
“It’ll be disappointing if it’s significant,” Stoops said. “That’ll be another major blow for us.”
Earlier this spring, the Wildcats lost starting safety Adam Hall and top backup running back Greg Nwoko to torn ACLs. In addition to the injuries, UA’s linebacking corps has been hit hard by attrition already this spring; in late March, a pair of LBs left the team, leaving UA woefully thin at the position to begin with.
Last season as a true sophomore, Fischer finished third on the team in tackles. He’s played in 26 games during his two years with the Wildcats.