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Arizona’s Nick Wilson ruled out against USC

October 8, 2016: Arizona Wildcat Rich Rodriguez after the Arizona Wildcats game versus the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT. Utah defeated Arizona 36-32. (Photo by Steven Earl/Icon Sportswire)
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Already without quarterback Brandon Dawkins with freshman Khalil Tate in as the starter, the Arizona Wildcats have lost yet another key piece on offense. This time, the loss comes at the running back position where the snake-bitten Wildcats will be without the focal point of their offense for the rest of Saturday’s game against USC at minimum.

Nick Wilson has been ruled out for the remainder of the second half against the Trojans as head coach Rich Rodriguez has to be wondering why his Wildcats team has had such rough injury luck this week. The loss of their running back adds to the challenge for his freshman quarterback in what has been a tough test for Arizona in Tucson.

FOX Sports insider Bruce Feldman reported that Wilson has a knee injury that will rule him out for the rest of Saturday. This is an injury that could have a long-term impact for the Wildcats given the usual recovery process when it comes to knee injuries.

Wilson has had difficulties with injuries for the past two seasons after a breakout 1,375-yard campaign as a freshman, something that continues with this recent injury. Wilson has already missed two games in 2016 after he played in just nine games for the Wildcats in 2015 as a sophomore, so if the running back is out for a significant amount of time you have to wonder if his durability issues make him unreliable as the feature back in Arizona.

Wilson’s absence won’t have much impact on the final two quarters of today’s game against the Trojans as USC are well in control with a 41-7 lead midway through the third quarter. However, with Arizona now staring a 2-5 record in the face, bowl eligibility might just be impossible if Wilson is out for an extended period of time.

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