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Arizona football: Orlando Bradford arrested, dismissed from program

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J.J. Taylor is next in line to backup Nick Wilson

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Arizona Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford has been arrested and subsequently dismissed from the program, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez announced on Wednesday.

"Earlier today we were made aware that Orlando Bradford had been arrested," Rodriguez said in a statement. "As a result of his actions, he has been dismissed from the program."

According to Scott Coleman of Tucson News Now, Bradford is facing seven felony counts — three counts of domestic violence kidnapping and four counts of domestic violence aggravated assault.

Coleman also reports that the incidents happened "over the last several days", and Bradford was arrested Wednesday and is currently being processed at Pima County Jail.

ESPN's Chantel Jennings says the aggravated assault charges are due to "impeded breathing"

The former three-star recruit from Louisiana had a productive spring and fall camp, leading the sophomore to be named as a co-starter at running back with Nick Wilson heading into the season.

However, the co-starter label proved to be relatively meaningless as Bradford had just five carries for 16 yards through two games.

In 2015, Bradford had 47 carries for 208 yards and three touchdowns.

Wilson’s backup now figures to be freshman J.J. Taylor, who, even before Bradford’s dismissal, the Wildcats wanted to get on the field more due to his speed and elusiveness in the open field.

Taylor has just one carry this season (for -4 yards), but his workload will undoubtedly increase now.

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