A couple of reinforcements are on the way for the Arizona Wildcats.
Coach Rich Rodriguez said after practice tonight that defensive lineman Dan Pettinato was a full participant in practice and is “ready to go to Washington” for the UA’s game against the Huskies next Saturday.
Pettinato was recovering from a major knee injury he suffered at the end of last season. The junior has missed the UA’s first three games of this season.
“He’s really done a good job with his rehab,” Rodriguez said. “It’s another guy, an experienced guy and a really good player. We were fortunate to get by without him. Having Dan back is a big key for us.”
Pettinato played in 11 games for the Wildcats last season and started the final nine. He finished the year with 35 tackles, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery.
The UA could also welcome back wide receiver David Richards against the Huskies.
The sophomore has missed the first three games of the season after undergoing offseason foot surgery.
Rodriguez said tonight Richards suffered a minor setback with a bruise, but is hoping to have him back in practice by Sunday. If that happens, Richards could see some snaps against the Huskies.
The Palmdale, Calif., native would bring some experience and talent to the position. Like Pettinato, Richards started nine games last season. He finished the year with 29 catches for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He had a career-high 53 yards in the team’s New Mexico Bowl win over Nevada.
The UA will practice bright and early tomorrow morning at 6:15 before getting Friday and Saturday off. The majority of Rodriguez’s staff will hit the road for recruiting following tomorrow’s practice.
To help get you ready for the Washington game, here are a couple of links from the Seattle Times. The Huskies host Idaho State this Saturday before they'll be able to turn their full attention to the UA.
Washington quarterback Keith Price won't let the Huskies take Idaho State lightly after almost losing to Eastern Washington in 2011. Also in this article, the Big 10 wasn't very kind to the Huskies last weekend when they traveled to Chicago to play Illinois at Soldier Field.
The Huskies are doing a lot right, but they're struggling with turnovers. That's good news for Arizona—a team that has produced eight takeaways in three games.