Hobson preparing to make an impact

Linebacker Hank Hobson knows that he has an opportunity to contribute right away and is looking forward to it.

Hank Hobson won't arrive in Tucson and strap up his helmet for Arizona until June, but the Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale outside linebacker is hard at work preparing himself for his freshman campaign at Arizona.

"Arizona sent me the workout to follow," Hobson said. "I'm doing all of the basic stuff, and I'm also doing a lot of running on the weekend. I run and stretch every weekend and do a lot of agility stuff on the weekend. I'm working out and I'm feeling really good. I'm just trying to get in the best shape I can before I show up."

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Arizona signee lost half of his senior season due to a staph infection that ultimately led to surgery on his knee. Hobson insists that with his workouts, the knee is no longer an issue for him.

"It's back to 100 percent," Hobson said. "I'm stronger and everything feels better. I'm good to go."

Perhaps serving as added motivation to Hobson is the lack of depth at the linebacker position for Arizona heading into the 2011 season. Defensive coordinator Tim Kish has been in contact with Hobson and has told him that there is an opportunity for him to see playing time as a true freshman.

"Coach Kish said R.J. (Young) graduated and Trevor (Erno) went on to be firefighter," Hobson said. "He said the window of opportunity is open and there's more of a chance to play. If I get a chance, I'm going to take it and if not I'm going to redshirt for the year. I'm going in to compete for a spot and that's my goal."

The opportunity to play in his first year with the program is not something he was expecting when he signed with Arizona, but Hobson is not shying away from his chance.

"Honestly, I was just planning on going in and playing as much as I could anyways," Hobson said. "I was just looking to play, but I wasn't expecting it. I was going to play it all by ear and work as hard as I could and work up from there.

"It's really exciting. I don't want to say it's unexpected, but I'm happy to even be going there. The playing time is just a plus in my eyes."

Even with the unexpected opportunities that have been presented to him, Hobson still has not prioritized his own goals and is only focused on accomplishing the team's ambitions.

"I haven't thought about my individual goals, not yet," Hobson said. "Obviously I want to win. I want to start small with a Pac-10 championship and move up from there. I just want to win, that's it."

With his opportunity to join the UA football team and potentially see the field immediately, Hobson is ready to get his Arizona career underway.

"I can't wait to get down there," Hobson said. "I'm dreading everything down here, I just want to get started. It's bad, I just want to be done with high school."

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