By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 8:48 am in Football.
Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen reports that Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is giving credit to former Cal coach Jeff Tedford for helping to direct ex-Bears player David Wilkerson to Tucson.
“Coach Tedford called me. He’s a good friend of mine,” Rodriguez said. “He said, ‘Hey, a really good linebacker who played for me is maybe interested in transferring to Arizona.’ ”
That was Wilkerson, who left Cal during fall camp after dropping on the depth chart.
A former four-star recruit, whose career at Cal was limited by injury, Wilkerson is paying his own way at Arizona. He becomes eligible next season and is expected to apply for a second season of eligibility because he missed two years due to injury.
“I’m excited about it. I think he’s a good football player,” Rodriguez said.
“He had a little bit of a shoulder injury, so he has a chance to get his shoulder strong, get a year ahead academically and then I think we’ll get a couple of good years out of him.”
Rodriquez said the 6-foot-2, 238-pound native of Danville could end as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker.