During the NAU post-game press conference, Rich Rodriguez said he didn't plan on having anyone new coming back for UCLA. But a report from Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel indicates that Arizona is hopeful to have Scooby Wright III back in time for the showdown vs UCLA on Saturday.
Rich Rodriguez has said that we won't know until later this week if Scooby will play, depending on how he can perform, in practice. Reports say that Wright was back practicing and full-go on Tuesday.
Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright is a full go in practice today it looks like.— Jason Scheer (@JasonScheer) September 22, 2015
Linebacker Scooby Wright practicing with Arizona’s first defense today— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) September 22, 2015
Chrome red helmets and Scooby Wright practicing … two things Arizona is happy about heading into the week pic.twitter.com/SnX3aSsyzK— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) September 23, 2015
Scooby Wright was practicing with the first team defense at the beginning of practice today.— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) September 22, 2015
Arizona has had a lot of big home games in the past year, including USC and Arizona State, but this game might overshadow both of those, with ESPN's College GameDay coming to town as well.
If Scooby feels good, and the training staff/coaching staff feel comfortable, you have to imagine that Scooby will play. It might be a limited role, but his presence means more than anything for this young linebacker corps. He also forces Josh Rosen to scan the field more than if he was not out there.
If Scooby Wright can't make it, it'll be Tre Tyler and Antonio Smothers taking on the middle linebacker responsibilities. Tyler definitely seemed a lot more comfortable as he got more reps in vs. NAU, but there's no denying that an 80% Scooby Wright would be a significant improvement.