Before suffering a torn ACL, La Habra (Calif.) linebacker Jacob Colacion was expected to be an incoming UA football recruit with legitimate aspirations of early playing time.
Colacion isn’t discouraged and is attacking his rehab with a focused vigor.
“It was a big disappointment for me to hurt my knee,” Colacion said. “I was playing at a pretty high level, but when it happened I kind of knew that it happened.
"The good news is that I’ve had the surgery and everything went perfectly. I don’t know when I will be back out on the field, but whatever it takes to do I will do.
"I have all the motivation I need. I wanted to play even better than I was, but I felt myself getting bigger and stronger.”
Colacion has put on good weight this past year.
“I’m at around 215 right now," he said. "I don’t know what the coaches want me to play at, but whenever I get there I’m going to hit the weight room and try to get as big as I need to to be at my best."
The Arizona coaching staff is in consistent contact with Colacion and he could play a few different positions.
“I hear from Coach Casteel all the time and he knows what happened, but they have plans for me," Colacion said. "I could see myself in the secondary as a Spur or Bandit or as a linebacker. It just depends on what the coaches need.”
Arizona’s inconsistent season hasn’t shaken Colacion’s belief in the program.
“Arizona had am up and down season, but so much of it was due to injuries," he said. "They were just a season away from a 10 win season.”