University of Arizona vs Utah

Arizona defensive lineman Dereck Boles, left, and safety Scottie Young Jr. wrap up Utah running back Devonta’e Henry-Cole in the first quarter of their Pac-12 opener. The Wildcats have yielded 118.0 rushing yards per game this season

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Arizona Wildcats freshman safety Scottie Young Jr., who was arrested last week on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence, is participating in all team activities, UA coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday.

Rodriguez said he and his staff “consulted with all the appropriate authorities, including the dean of students,” before deciding that Young would remain with the team.

Last year, Rodriguez dismissed tailback Orlando Bradford from the squad after he was arrested in a felony domestic-violence case. Asked how Young’s situation differed from Bradford’s, Rodriguez said: “It is different. Every situation with all of our players is evaluated individually.”

Rodriguez declined to elaborate further.


Additional quick hits from Rodriguez’s weekly Monday news conference:

* Rodriguez said receiver Donovan Moore was released from the hospital Monday after being involved in a serious car accident last week. Moore was the passenger in a car being driven by former Pima College teammate Jordan Waddell, who was killed in the accident. Moore suffered a concussion and a rib injury and will be out of commission for at least a few weeks, Rodriguez said.

* Senior “Stud” DeAndre’ Miller appears on the depth chart for the first time this season, as the backup to Kylan Wilborn. Consider that another sign that Miller could make his debut at Colorado after missing the first four games because of a foot injury.

* Rodriguez said he’s “not optimistic” that senior receiver Cam Denson is going to be ready to play “anytime soon.” Denson has appeared in one game this season, missing the other three because of a foot injury. He could apply for a medical redshirt if he wants to pursue a fifth season.

* Rodriguez confirmed that sophomore safety Isaiah Hayes (shoulder surgery) is out for the season.

* Rodriguez reiterated that Brandon Dawkins remains the starter at quarterback. But Rodriguez also noted that Khalil Tate is healthy now and will “continue to push” Dawkins.

* Rodriguez said he was “grateful” that the Arizona Board of Regents approved plans for an indoor facility. Rodriguez believes the new building, due to be completed sometime next fall, will be an asset to the program in recruiting and training.

* Although Colorado has started 0-2 in Pac-12 play, Rodriguez said the Buffaloes appear to have retained the confidence that helped them win the South Division last year.