Arizona football: Injuries to Austin Hill, David Richards make them fans

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's Ted Miller found out what it's like to be sidelined from none other than Arizona Wildcats Austin Hill and David Richards.

The Arizona Wildcats have issues at quarterback, but it's not like the receiving group is wasting away out there. A young and inexperienced wideout crop has been filling in for Austin Hill, who tore his ACL this spring, and David Richards.

ESPN's Ted Miller followed the injured twosome during the UNLV game to see what it was like for two football players to be sidelined. And sidelined might be putting it lightly. Richards and Hill were left in Tucson and watched the game in the football lounge.

Miller reports that Richards is indeed targeting the Sept. 28 Washington game for his return. With Hill out for the year, he is likely the best receiver. Hill's future is a bit more murky. Rich Rodriguez hasn't place him on the "out for the season" list yet, but it's still too tall of an order to give him a good shot at returning.

"If it's there and I'm feeling 100 percent -- maybe," Hill told Miller. "Really, at that point, I'd have to be feeling 110 percent. I'd have to be feeling even better than I felt before the injury to be comfortable playing. I don't want to be the guy who tries to prove a point to everyone and then in the process ruins his career."

Miller cited former UA safety Adam Hall's injury as an example of a player coming back from an ACL tear too soon. But apparently Hill's recovery is going well. The day after surgery, he refused pain medication and could bend his knee 100 degrees, which is more than most patients can muster. Miller also writes of Hill's plan prior to his injury -- to get to the NFL as soon as possible in order to care for his daughter.

It looks like he'll have to wait another season.

"I want to break every single record here," Hill said. "I came here to become the best receiver I could possibly be. I think with this ACL injury, I've become a better person because of it. It's a short little part of my life I have to go through right now. I'm going to make the best of it."

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