Arizona moved to Year 2 of the Rich Rodriguez era on Saturday with a spring game, but casting a dark cloud over the Wildcats the same day was the news of receiver Austin Hill being diagnosed with a torn ACL. The Arizona Daily Star's Daniel Berk first reported that Hill had left practice earlier this week with a "serious" injury, and after the spring game, Berk reported the worst news for the UA team moving into the 2013 season.
Considering the severity and knowing that the spring game has caused similarly-timed ACL tears -- again, Hill was injured before the spring game -- Hill will be out for the year.
While the Wildcats will for the time being be in search for a viable quarterback, whomever takes the first snap next season will be doing so without one of the country's most dynamic receivers. Hill caught 81 balls for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
Hill was a Pac-12 Second Team receiver last year as a sophomore. Entering 2013, he would assuredly be giving UA fans more entertaining pushes to attempt the difficult unseating of USC's Marqise Lee as the best receiver in not only the Pac-12, but perhaps the nation.
Moving forward, it would appear the UA's best receivers will be Dave Richards, a sophomore, speedy inside receiver Garic Wharton and Terrence Miller, who earned a fifth season after a medical hardship was granted his way.