Assuming the Pac-12 does bring back football this fall, the Arizona Wildcats are going to have yet another hole to fill in the middle of their defense.
Kylan Wilborn, a defensive end/linebacker who was heading into his senior season in 2020, announced on Twitter Monday that he is entering the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Wilborn started 26 games in three seasons with Arizona, including all 13 in 2017 when he earned Freshman All-America honors. Last season he started twice but had only seven tackles in 12 games, playing mostly on the edge. His best season came as a freshman when he tallied seven of his nine career sacks.
It was likely Wilborn would have competed for a starting job at linebacker this season, especially after fellow senior LBs Tony Fields II and Colin Schooler transferred to other schools. Fields, Schooler and safety Scottie Young Jr. all departed the program during the summer—Fields and Young ended up at West Virginia and Schooler went to Texas Tech—and in the process massively thinned out Arizona’s defensive depth for an almost completely new defensive staff.
Wilborn’s departure leaves Arizona with only seven scholarship linebackers, with senior Anthony Pandy, redshirt junior Jalen Harris and sophomore Derrion Clark the only ones who have appeared in more than one college game.