The Arizona Wildcats will be relying on inexperienced players at linebacker in 2017, with the exception of DeAndre’ Miller.
The redshirt senior was one of Arizona’s top pass rushers a season ago, but was nagged by injuries throughout the year and wound up missing three games (while being limited in a few others).
The Wildcats need Miller to have a better stretch of health in 2017 to make a marked improvement on defense, but things haven’t gotten off to a great start.
Miller was scratched from Pac-12 Media Days after suffering a foot injury last week, reports Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star.
Miller was one of two players (offensive lineman Jacob Alsadek being the other) tabbed to represent Arizona at the event, which takes places July 26 and 27 in Hollywood, Calif., but now senior defensive lineman Luca Bruno will take Miller’s place.
Miller is projected to start at the “stud” position for Arizona, a defensive end/linebacker hybrid role.
He had 18 tackles, including three sacks last season, but missed Arizona’s first two Pac-12 games with a high-ankle sprain, then missed UA’s game at Oregon State later in the year.
In 2015, Miller missed two non-conference games due to injury, and in 2014, he played in three games before suffering a season-ending injury.
It is not known how severe Miller’s injury is, but it’s obviously not a good sign that he’s already ailing before practice has even started.
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