However, as luck would have it, Taylor would take a hand-off to the right, slashing through defenders before being taken down, getting his leg rolled in a pile. Grimacing in pain, he hobbled off the field, and to Arizona fans’ dismay, we have learned he has broken his ankle, and will likely be out 6-8 weeks.
Sep 24, 2016; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats running back J.J. Taylor (23) is helped off of the field during the third quarter against the Washington Huskies at Arizona Stadium. Washington won 35-28 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
Every year it seems to the same story, the Wildcats lose a few key starters, that ultimately proves to be detrimental. Plus, the schedule doesn’t appear to get any easier following the next string of games against; UCLA, Utah, USC and Stanford.
Even with the emergence of Dawkins, and Wilson’s questionable health moving forward, Cats are going to need nothing short of a miracle if they hope to make a bowl game this season.
To make matters worse, disregarding Utah, who the Wildcats have not lost to under Rich Rodriguez, the Wildcats are a combined 1-9 against USC, UCLA, and Stanford.
Arizona is going to have to get creative here, should the oft-injured Wilson struggle to stay healthy moving forward like seasons past.
With the inspiring play of Dawkins of late, I think Arizona has to go with the big, athletic QB by default, given the Wildcats’ questions at running back, and his ability to run.