Arizona Wildcats football: Cornerback Babiash leaves team following spring drills

2014-04-15T11:57:00Z Arizona Wildcats football: Cornerback Babiash leaves team following spring drillsZack Rosenblatt Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 15, 2014 11:57 am  • 

Spring drills ended, and a UA cornerback is gone.

Sophomore Derek Babiash informed coaches after Saturday's spring game that he was leaving school.

The San Diego native was expected to compete with Devin Holiday, also a sophomore, for the starting cornerback job opposite Jonathan McKnight. 

Last month, Babiash told the Star: "I feel like I'm putting myself in a great position to make a really good jump this year, and I'm working hard at it." Babiash played extensively in Saturday's spring game: Receiver Trey Griffey made a one-handed catch with Babiash covering him. (See photo).  

The recruiting service ranked Babiash as a four-star recruit coming out of high school in 2013. The 6-foot-1-inch cornerback played in nine games primarily on special teams last year, recording two tackles, one solo. ​

Read more in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star

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