Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez announced after practice tonight that senior safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant is no longer with the team.
Rodriguez said Bondurant had some discipline issues in the offseason and was punished. He never fulfilled some of the requirements of his punishment and this morning, he informed safeties coach Matt Caponi that he was leaving the team.
“Tra’Mayne Bondurant had some discipline things that he had to do, and he chose to leave the program, so he’s no longer a Wildcat as of today,” Rodriguez said. “You can do the discipline and be part of the team, or, I never lock the doors from the inside out. The doors are never locked.”
Rodriguez did caution his status could change because he hadn’t talked to Bondurant face-to-face since the safety decided to leave.
“I wouldn’t say no chance (he doesn’t return) because his position coach has talked to him, but I haven’t,” Rodriguez said. “He had some discipline to do and he decided to quit instead. So that’s where we’re at.”
If the loss is permanent, it’s a significant one for Rodriguez and Arizona.
Bondurant started 30 games over the first three seasons of his career and played in 36 games total. Last season, Bondurant had 72 tackles, including seven for a loss and added four interceptions, two sacks and five pass breakups.
As a sophomore, Bondurant’s numbers were just as good, if not better with 74 tackles, 11 ½ tackles-for-loss, seven pass breakups and two interceptions.
For his career, Bondurant posted 191 tackles, 22 tackles-for-loss and seven interceptions. Bondurant missed a pair of games over the past two seasons because of injury, but had never been suspended for any issues.
The Vallejo, Calif., native, one of the few playmakers on the UA defense, was a Mike Stoops recruit and played in 2011 as a true freshman. He was a quarterback and linebacker at Fairfield High School, and was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.
After last season, Bondurant submitted his paperwork to the NFL draft advisory board and considered entering the draft. He said in the spring he did that because of a poor family situation and wanted to gauge if that would be the best way to provide for his family.
“I have a lot of other people to think about,” Bondurant said then. “So I had to make sure I was making the right call.”
Rodriguez said in the spring he was happy Bondurant decided against entering the draft because “he’s not ready, but can be a pretty good football player with another year.”
The safety was likely to be picked after this season. He was rated as the 11th best free safety in the country by nfldraftscout.com.