Though the Arizona Wildcats had to cut short spring practice back in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, that didn’t stop athletes from working out on their own to stay in shape and be ready for when activity resumes.
That includes players who had yet to join the program, such as incoming freshman linebacker Jabar Triplett, who was doing his best to maintain his physique at home in Louisiana. Unfortunately, that led to an injury that will keep him sidelined for the 2020 season.
Triplett announced Thursday he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in a workout earlier this week, an injury that has since been surgically repaired.
To my Wildcat family, this has been tough for me. I won’t be playing this season, due to a torn Achilles working out on Tues. My surgery is scheduled with one of the best in BR. I know that GOD is in control. I will come back, stronger, faster, & better!! ⬇️ ❤️— JabarTriplett. (@showtime9_) April 30, 2020
The 6-foot, 215-pound Triplett signed with Arizona in February after committing to the Wildcats over Texas Tech last October. 247Sports had Triplett as a 3-star prospect, ranked No. 1,621 in the 2020 recruiting class as well as 109th among outside linebackers and the No. 74 player in Louisiana.
Triplett’s injury still leaves Arizona with eight healthy scholarship linebackers on the roster including returning starters Tony Fields II, Jalen Harris, Anthony Pandy and Colin Schooler.