It was unclear whether Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama would play Saturday against Stephen F. Austin after a helmet-to-helmet hit by an LSU player.
The sophomore was drilled by defensive end Tyson Jackson on the
first play from scrimmage last weekend in No. 6 LSU's 45-3 victory over
Tuitama suffered a concussion.
Jackson drew a personal foul penalty, which in turn drew the ire
of LSU coach Les Miles.
"I have sent the film of the play to the SEC and asked them to
describe it to me," he said. "The time of the throw and the time
of the contact would make it very difficult for me to make that
Although he said he is hard on players over personal fouls, "I
will defend Tyson Jackson's intentions on the play," Miles said.
Arizona coach Mike Stoops, who said he's unsure when Tuitama
suffered the concussion, said college rules don't necessarily
prohibit such hits.
"Any time you go helmet-to-helmet in the NFL that costs you big
[fine] money," he said. "Any time you go helmet-to-helmet in the
NCAA, it's not a violation."
Stoops said he likely will make a determination Thursday whether Tuitama is ready to go when the Wildcats (1-1) host I-AA Stephen F. Austin (0-2).
If not, Arizona will start senior backup Adam Austin, who
completed 8 of 19 passes for 67 yards after replacing Tuitama with
five minutes remaining in the third quarter against LSU.
Austin, a former walk-on, has not started a game and threw only five passes before the LSU game. Tuitama was 8-of-17 for 50 yards with two passes intercepted before being replaced by Austin.