Tyler Slavin comes down with the game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds of the New Mexico Bowl in December. UA beat Nevada 49-48.


Tyler Slavin, the wide receiver who caught the game-winning touchdown pass against Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl, is no longer a member of the Arizona football team. Slavin voluntarily left the program Friday, UA spokeswoman Molly O'Mara said.

Slavin said on Twitter, "I announce that I will be leaving the University of Arizona!" His name has since been removed from the Wildcats' online roster.

Saturday, Slavin tweeted that he was unhappy with the way he was treated by the Arizona coaching staff, writing, among other things, "It's crazy how they treat you here."

Slavin is still listed in the UA's student database; the junior carries a double major in public management and policy, and psychology. It's unclear whether Slavin intends to transfer.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 205-pound Slavin caught 22 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown last year. In three seasons at the UA, Slavin appeared in 31 games.

His departure marks the latest blow to the Cats' receiving corps.

Arizona lost Dan Buckner to graduation after last season, and leading receiver Austin Hill suffered a torn ACL in the spring and might miss the 2013 season. Richard Morrison has switched positions, to cornerback.

Slavin's departure makes David Richards, Johnny Jackson, Garic Wharton and Terrence Miller the only returning receivers from last season. A handful of true freshmen and redshirt freshmen, including Trey Griffey, are expected to compete for playing time this fall. Griffey, the son of former baseball star Ken Griffey Jr.., sat out last season.

Slavin was a key contributor in the Wildcats 49-48, comeback win in the New Mexico Bowl. Slavin caught four passes for 37 yards in the final 1 minute 48 seconds, including a game-winning 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Scott.

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