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Arizona freshman LB Jabar Triplett to miss 2020 season with Achilles injury

Arizona freshman LB Jabar Triplett to miss 2020 season with Achilles injury

Jabar Triplett

Linebacker recruit Jabar Triplett, right, poses with UA coach Kevin Sumlin during his official visit to the UA last September.

Incoming freshman Jabar Triplett won't see the field until the 2021 season after the linebacker from Louisiana injured his Achilles tendon during a private workout on Tuesday.

The Arizona Wildcats signee announced on Twitter that he will be sidelined this fall. 

The 6-foot, 215-pound Triplett committed to the UA in October and signed his national letter of intent during the early signing period. Triplett is rated as a three-star prospect and the 109th-best outside linebacker in 2020, but will play inside linebacker at UA. 

Triplett is the only new addition to Arizona's inside linebackers' room. Adding linebackers and defensive ends had been a point of emphasis for UA coach Kevin Sumlin and new defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, who is expected to utilize a 3-4 defense. Middle linebacker and "Will" linebacker could be one of Arizona's thinnest positions in 2020, especially if Anthony Pandy moves towards an outside linebacker role. 

Besides Triplett, Arizona's inside linebackers consist of seniors Colin Schooler and Tony Fields and Derrion Clark. 

Triplett is scheduled to undergo surgery next week. 

Contact sports content producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or jspears@tucson.com. On Twitter @justinesports


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Justin writes stories and produces digital content about UA football and basketball and high school football. A Tucson native, Justin graduated from the UA in 2017 and is the host of the Wildcast Podcast and a radio host on ESPN Tucson.

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