Arizona Wildcats

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24:  Running back J.J. Taylor #23 of the Arizona Wildcats rushes the football against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Arizona freshman RB JJ Taylor breaks left ankle

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One of the bright spots for Arizona in the first month of the season had been freshman running back JJ Taylor. Unfortunately for he and Arizona, he will be missing some serious playing time after suffering a broken ankle Saturday night against Washington.

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez announced after an overtime loss against Washington that Taylor broke his left ankle. Before having to leave the game with an injury, Taylor had rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries against Washington. It is expected Taylor could miss the next six to eight weeks of action, which could effectively end his season.

Ironically, Taylor was showing off his ability to break ankles earlier in the game…

Arizona to honor U.S.S. Arizona with special helmet, uniforms

PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII - DECEMBER 7:   The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial sits off of Ford Island during the 71st Annual Memorial Ceremony commemorating the WWII Attack On Pearl Harbor at the World War 2 Valor in the Pacific National Monument December 7, 2012 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This is the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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The lids one college football team will be wearing in Week 3 will have a very special meaning.

The 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor is three months away, and, to honor those who lost their lives on one of the battleships, Arizona will wear special helmets to commemorate the U.S.S. Arizona.  A total of 1,177 officers and crewman from the Pennsylvania-class battleship were killed in the attack.

The wreckage of the ship still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, and a memorial, which sits atop the ship’s hull, was dedicated in the early sixties.

The entire uniform the Wildcats will wear in their game against Hawaii is actually a tribute to the fallen sailors. From the Arizona Republic:

In simple terms, the color combination is white (helmet), gray (jersey) and red (pants). The Wildcats’ look will mimic that of the ship itself. The U.S.S. Arizona had a gray hull and red keel.

The jerseys feature a handful of special touches. A medallion worn by Esther Ross at the ship’s christening and launch in June of 1915 sits on the front, just above the players’ hearts; on the sleeve below the right shoulder is the logo for the 47th pursuit squadron, credited with shooting down eight aircrafts in December of 1941, with a 48-star American flag on the same spot of the left sleeve.

The helmet features an old-school block “A”. At the bottom of the back of the helmet reads, in large lettering, ‘AT ‘EM ARIZONA’, the ship’s rally cry. On the back, in place of the nameplate is the U.S.S. Arizona hull number.

Ex-Arizona RB already charged with seven felonies facing four more felony counts

TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Running back Orlando Bradford #21 of the Arizona Wildcats runs in the football 1 yard to score a touchdown in the second quarter of the college game against Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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If you thought things couldn’t get any worse for someone already facing seven felony charges couldn’t get worse, think again.

Wednesday, Arizona running back Orlando Bradford was arrested Wednesday on four counts of aggravated assault and three counts of kidnapping; all seven of those counts are felonies.  Thursday, a second alleged victim contacted police while Bradford was being held in jail on the first incident, resulting in four additional aggravated assault charges being brought and bringing his felony count to a whopping 11.

The Arizona Republic writes that “[t]he victim in the first case, a fellow UA student, told police that Bradford first struck her Monday night after they argued over a scratch on his car.” It’s alleged that Bradford abused the woman several times over the past few days.

No details of the incident or incidents involving the second woman are known.

Following the first set of charges, Bradford was dismissed from the Wildcats football program.

Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon questionable for second straight game

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback Anu Solomon #12 of the Arizona Wildcats scrambles to pass during the college football game against the Brigham Young Cougars at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cougars defeated the Wildcats 18-16.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Arizona may be without starting quarterback Anu Solomon for the second straight week.

The school’s latest injury report had Solomon listed as questionable on Thursday heading into this week’s home game against Hawaii. That is the same status the junior signal-caller was listed with when he missed the Wildcats’ win over Grambling last Saturday.

Solomon started Arizona’s opener in a narrow loss against BYU but injured his knee in a practice two weeks ago. Redshirt sophomore Brandon Dawkins, who battled Solomon through fall camp for the job, made his first start at Arizona last week and and struggled initially before a big second half comeback. He finished the game 15-of-29 for 223 yards, throwing for a touchdown and running for two others.

Safety Tellas Jones was also listed as questionable on the injury report and could sit out his second straight game as the result of an ankle injury.

If there was any good news to come out of Thursday’s report, it was likely that receiver Nate Phillips was not listed after battling shoulder issues. His addition could provide a big boost for either quarterback given some of the Wildcats’ struggles in the passing game to begin the season.

None of it may matter with Hawaii coming to town for Arizona but then again, the Wildcats did struggle to put away Grambling last week.

SEVEN felony domestic violence charges trigger dismissal of Arizona RB Orlando Bradford

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Orlando Bradford #21 of the Arizona Wildcats is stopped by Claude Pelon #90 of the USC Trojans on third down during the third quarter at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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I’ve been on the CFT beat since January of 2009, and this, as far as I can recollect, is an ignominious record that I hope never, ever gets matched.

Arizona running back Orlando Bradford was arrested Wednesday on four counts of aggravated assault and three counts of kidnapping. All seven of those charges are felonies, and stem from an ongoing domestic situation that was spread out over the last several days.

The Tucson Police Department was contacted Wednesday morning by the alleged victim, and Bradford was arrested shortly thereafter. From USA Today:

Dugan said the police received a 911 call around 6:30 a.m. local time Wednesday regarding an alleged domestic violence incident.

The arriving officers noted that the alleged victim had obvious injuries, and she claimed Bradford assaulted her several times over the past few days.

Investigators found that the alleged victim and Bradford were in a relationship that falls under domestic violence statute.

Not surprisingly, Bradford has been summarily dismissed by Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez.

“Earlier today, we were made aware that Orlando Bradford had been arrested,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “As a result of his actions, he has been dismissed from the program.”

Bradford, a sophomore, was officially a co-starter at running back for the Wildcats and had rushed for 16 yards on five carries this season.  Last season, he ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns.