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The anxiety of playing the next game without an All-American is something that is not common in Arizona football history.
The Wildcats experienced it a couple of years ago when running back Ka’Deem Carey was suspended for the opener against NAU because of off-the-field incidents. Some close to Carey believed the running back might leave the program before that season. He stuck it out, returned in the second game at UNLV and went on to become Arizona’s most prolific running back in history.
In terms of injuries, few match the magnitude of what has happened with All-American linebacker Scooby Wright. His torn meniscus in his left knee suffered against UTSA last week resulted in a procedure that will sideline the defending Pac-12 defensive player of the year for three to four weeks.
Wright is the eighth All-American in the program to endure an injury during his career with the Wildcats. Many others who earned all-conference honors or were important players to the program have suffered injuries.
I researched those in the program who have reached All-American status from first team to third team by various entities as the basis for this slideshow. These players are the top of the line in Wildcat history.
Most of the injuries occurred after they became All-Americans but before they left Arizona.
Click on the “Next” arrow to continue in the slideshow to view these standouts with information about their injuries:
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