In 2013, he started 12 games at the "spur" position -- a hybrid linebacker/safety spot in Arizona's 3-3-5 scheme -- and made plays all over the field. He made 72 tackles, including seven for loss and two sacks. He intercepted four passes, two returned for touchdowns. He also forced a fumble.
His departure seemingly opens up opportunities for William Parks and Anthony Lopez, among others. But Bondurant's experience and ability to be at the right place at the right time will be missed. Rodriguez has said he considers Parks, a junior, to be like a fourth starter among the three-man safety group. Arizona has returning senior starters at the bandit safety (Jared Tevis) and free safety (Jourdon Grandon).
Also, freshman linebacker Marquis Ware was in a green jersey and likely will be out all of fall camp. He has a shoulder injury and there is a chance he will redshirt, Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the fall's first day of practice wasn't exactly "smooth." He didn't expect it to be, "but the effort and the intensity was good."
"Hell, we're not playing a game for awhile," Rodriguez said. "I would be worried if they weren't excited to practice. And they were."