Wayne Capers Jr.

Courtesy University of Arizona

Sophomore safety Wayne Capers Jr., has left the Arizona program after battling injuries this season, coach Rich Rodriguez said tonight. 

Capers, part of Rodriguez's original recruiting class, played in 11 of 13 games last season as a true freshman and started the New Mexico Bowl after Tra'Mayne Bondurant went down with an injury. He finished the season with 12 tackles, including one for a loss and also had a pass breakup.

This season, Capers had played in just three games and had one tackle and one pass breakup.

"He's had a lot of medical issues, so physically he hasn't been able to go," Rodriguez said. "So we don't ever think he'll play here again. The biggest thing for him is to get his medical stuff — we think it's an abdominal, stomach thing— cleared up."

The coach said Capers, a native of Pittsburgh, may transfer to play closer to home once he's healthy and the school will give him a free release to do so. 

"He played last year and and is a good athlete and a good player, so if he gets cleared medically, I think he'll play somewhere," Rodriguez said.

Capers had a strong spring and Rodriguez said during spring drills that he thought Capers could "have a very good career here" and that he was "expecting him to improve quite a bit." 

But the safety, hampered with injuries, hasn't been listed on the two-deep all season. Sophomore Anthony Lopez has served as Bondurant's backup this season.

Capers was rated as a three-star recruit by the Scout.com recruiting service out of high school and also had offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. He was one of the final pieces of Rodriguez's first recruiting class at the UA.