Arizona Wildcats offensive lineman Jack Baucus likely won’t play football again after struggling to recover from offseason surgeries, coach Rich Rodriguez said today.

Rodriguez held out hope that Baucus, who played in 20 career games over two seasons, would recover. But with camp just around the corner, he said, things don’t look good.

“His career may be over,” Rodriguez said today.

The 6-foot-7-inch, 290-pound Baucus has battled back and knee injuries during the last year. He also switched positions — from tight end to H-Back to offensive line.

Baucus’ younger brother, Mickey, is expected to open the 2012 season as one of the Wildcats’ starting offensive tackles. Mickey Baucus and fellow tackle Fabbians Ebbele might be the team's two most NFL-ready players.

With the exception of Jack Baucus' injury, the Wildcats appear to be relatively healthy heading into the first practice of the Rodriguez era. Safety Adam Hall is expected to miss the season after tearing his right ACL in the spring game; a handful of other players are battling "little things", Rodriguez  said, but should practice. 

UA players will spend today reporting to training camp, with the first workout scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. Rodriguez, the Wildcats’ first-year coach, will try to change the fortunes — and culture — of a team that went 4-8 a year ago, resulting in Mike Stoops’ firing.


The sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star.