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Arizona receiver Austin Hill has a torn ACL

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

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Austin Hill pulling in one of his 11 touchdown catches last season. (USATSI)

Arizona receiver Austin Hill suffered an injury during practice Wednesday, and after Arizona's spring game on Saturday, coach Rich Rodriguez confirmed the worst fears about the injury.

Hill suffered a torn ACL and in all likelihood will miss the entire 2013 season.

This is a huge blow to the Arizona offense. Hill led all Arizona receivers with 81 catches for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012. Making matters worse for Hill, because he redshirted his first year, this season on the sideline will cost him a year of eligibility. He'll be a senior by the time he returns for the 2014 season.

Dan Buckner was the only Arizona receiver to come close to approaching Hill's numbers (61 catches, 771 yards and five touchdowns) last season, but he did so as a senior and won't be back in 2013. Which means that Arizona's most productive returning receiver is rising sophomore David Richards, who caught 29 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns last season.

The good news for Arizona is that while it doesn't have a lot of experience at receiver behind Hill, it has plenty of potential with players like Richards, Tyler Slavin, Garic Wharton and Trey Griffey -- the son of baseball player Ken Griffey Jr.

Arizona is also hoping that recent transfer Davonte Neal can win his appeal to the NCAA that would allow him to be eligible for the 2013 season rather than sitting out the customary year.

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