UA's Gronkowski may miss season opener

Diagnosed with strep throat, being tested for mono
2008-08-23T00:00:00Z UA's Gronkowski may miss season openerBy Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 23, 2008 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats could start the football season without their biggest target.

Sophomore tight end Rob Gronkowski has been diagnosed with strep throat and is being tested for mononucleosis, UA coach Mike Stoops said today. Gronkowski was not in attendance at Saturday’s “Meet the Team” function inside Arizona Stadium, and is questionable to play in next week’s season opener against Idaho.

Gronkowski could miss a month or more should he test positive for mono.

“We’re all kind of unsure right now,” Stoops said. “Hopefully, we’ll have him back as quickly as possible.”

Gronkowski, 19, caught 28 passes for 525 yards and six touchdowns as a true freshman in 2007. He is expected to be one of the Wildcats’ top receivers again as a sophomore.

Stoops said he should know early next week whether Gronkowski can play; if not, sophomore tight end A.J. Simmons would take his spot in the starting lineup. Coaches could replace the tight end position with another wide receiver, a strategy that has worked well at programs like Texas Tech.

“We’ll adjust our game plan according to what Rob’s availability is,” Stoops said. “We’re not sure exactly how long we’re dealing with right now. Hopefully, it’s not an extended period of time.”

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 2 0 0.778 10 3 0 0.769
USC 6 3 0 0.667 8 4 0 0.667
UCLA 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Arizona State 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 5 4 0 0.556 9 4 0 0.692
Colorado 0 9 0 0.000 2 10 0 0.167

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 8 1 0 0.889 12 1 0 0.923
Stanford 5 4 0 0.556 7 5 0 0.583
Washington 4 5 0 0.444 8 5 0 0.615
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 7 0 0.417
Washington State 2 7 0 0.222 3 9 0 0.250
Oregon State 2 7 0 0.222 5 7 0 0.417
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