The Arizona Wildcats will be down a defensive lineman this season as redshirt freshman Jalen Cochran announced via Instagram that he will be out for the 2017 season after suffering a torn pectoral tendon.
Coachran, a high-end three-star recruit out of Canton, Mich. chose Arizona over Michigan State, despite being offered just a few days before 2016 National Signing Day.
This offseason, Cochran announced his decision to transfer back home to Miami (OH) in order to be closer to his family. His grandmother insisted that he returned to Arizona, and he followed her orders.
The 6-foot-3, 249 pound defensive lineman redshirted as a freshman, and has been viewed as an up-and-coming prospect, likely to contribute throughout the 2017 season.
Arizona’s defensive line is fairly solid as they enter the 2017 season, but this is a sizable loss of depth and a big setback for a promising piece on the defense.
Arizona already lost redshirt freshman offensive lineman Bryson Cain earlier this week to an ankle injury which will keep him out for the season as well. Cochran was not listed on the team’s official injury report this week.