Arizona's biggest issue on offense became more worrisome Monday when it was announced that projected starting center Carter Wood is likely out for the season with a foot injury that threatens his career, according to coach Rich Rodriguez.
The Wildcats are trying to replace three starting offensive linemen (center, both tackles) on a team that won the Pac-12's rugged South Division last year. Wood, a former walk-on, was the front-runner to replace Steven Gurrola, who was second-team all-conference a year ago.
With Wood out, senior Cayman Bundage, the Wildcats' starting left guard the previous two seasons, moved over to center. Another option is Zach Hemmila, though he took over Bundage's spot at guard during practices this past weekend.
Arizona, which went 10-4 last year while posting a 7-2 mark in conference play, welcomes back quarterback Anu Solomon, 1,000-yard rusher Nick Wilson and a deep crew of receivers, led by All-American candidate Cayleb Jones. Rodriguez has previously expressed confidence in projected starting tackles Lene Maiava and Freddie Tagaloa.
Center now becomes the biggest concern of fall camp.