Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Devaughn Cooper and defensive end My-King Johnson are no longer on the team because “of violations of athletic department policy,” according to Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star.
BREAKING: WR Devaughn Cooper and edge rusher MyKing Johnson are no longer on the Arizona football roster because of violations of athletic department policy, the Star has learned. Will have a full story up in a bit.— Michael Lev (@MichaelJLev) May 3, 2019
A former three-star recruit, Cooper had 21 catches for 395 yards in three seasons with the Wildcats. Eighteen of those receptions came in 2018 when the speedy Los Angeles native served as a deep threat.
Cooper briefly left the team prior to the 2017 season for undisclosed reasons, before returning during fall camp.
“I learned that there’s a lot of other people trying to get where I’m trying to get,” Cooper said in October.
Johnson, believed to be the first openly gay scholarship player in the NCAA, never debuted for the Wildcats. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound edge defender redshirted in 2017 and failed to crack the rotation in 2018.
Before arriving to the UA as a three-star recruit, Johnson was a prolific pass rusher at Tempe High School where he broke the school’s all-time sack record.
While neither Cooper nor Johnson were major contributors, their departures leave the Wildcats even thinner at their respective positions.