A key piece of the passing game for Arizona football is recovering from a health issue. Fortunately, it doesn’t appear it will impact his availability for the upcoming season.
Prior to Arizona shuttering spring football practice because of the coronavirus pandemic, Jamarye Joiner suffered a fractured left foot. It was reported at the time that the wide receiver was “believed to have suffered a Jones fracture, which is a break between the base of the foot and the fifth metatarsal.”
According to The Athletic, Joiner underwent surgery to repair the damage May 12. The procedure was delayed as elective surgeries were scuttled because of the pandemic.
The same website reported that the receiver will be sidelined for a period of 6-12 weeks. Such a timeline would extend, at the long end, to early August. Arizona is scheduled to open the 2020 football season Aug. 29 against Hawaii.
Joiner was a three-star member of the Arizona football Class of 2018. The Tucson native was rated as the No. 6 prospect regardless of position in the state of Arizona.
Originally signing as a quarterback, Joiner completed three of his four pass attempts for 17 yards in two games a true freshman. Playing in less than four games allowed Joiner to preserve a year of eligibility.
Prior to the start of summer camp, Joiner made the move from quarterback to wide receiver. In his first season at the position, the redshirt freshman led the Wildcats in receiving yards with 552 and receiving touchdowns with five. His 34 receptions were third on the team, while his 16.2 yards per catch was second among the nine players with at least 10 receptions.