Arizona Wildcats’ sophomore running back Orlando Bradford was dismissed from the team on Wednesday following a recent arrest. Head coach Rich Rodriguez released a statement earlier Wednesday saying, “As a result of his actions, [Bradford] has been dismissed from the program.”
It was announced prior to the start of the season that Bradford would be splitting carries in the backfield alongside junior running back Nick Wilson while that will be the case no longer. True freshman running back J.J. Taylor will move up a spot on the depth chart to back up Wilson going forward.
A former three-star running back from Shreveport, Louisiana, Bradford joined Arizona as a member of the school’s 2015 recruiting class. The 5-9, 195-pound back garnered offers from around his home state, include the LSU Tigers, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Tulane Green Wave, as well as programs such as the Arkansas Razorbacks and Houston Cougars.
So far this season, Bradford had gotten just five carries while scampering for a mere 16 yards. As a true freshman last year, he played in seven games and carried the football 47 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
The dismissal comes less than two weeks before the Wildcats open up their Pac-12 Conference schedule at home against the No. 8 ranked Washington Huskies. Arizona lost in Week 1 to the BYU Cougars on a heartbreaking last-second field goal and narrowly averted disaster in Week 2 against the Grambling State Tigers, roaring back to a 31-21 victory after trailing entering the fourth quarter.