Brittain slated to return to Cats

Brad Brittain appears to be headed back to the Wildcat football team. Although there has been no official confirmation from the school, Brittain's junior college coach Dan Dunn says the defensive tackle will be back in an Arizona uniform next season.

Brittain was suspended prior to last season for an unspecified team violation. He chose to go to Mesa Community College for the 2003 season but is apparently coming back to Arizona this semester.

"According to what I understand, he's back on the team," said Dunn.

Sources close to the football program indicated that Brittain's reinstatement had to be approved by both head coach Mike Stoops and athletic director Jim Livengood. Apparently both agreed to allow Brittain back on the team after having a solid season on and off the field at Mesa.

Though not confirmed, it is believed Brittain has re-enrolled at Arizona and will begin taking classes next week. Whether he will be able to participate in spring drills remains to be seen.

Dunn has nothing but great things to say about the 6-5, 280-pound defensive lineman.

"He was excellent," Dunn said. "He did a great job on the field and a good job as a leader.

"He's a good kid. He has a good work ethic and really fit in with the rest of the kids. I don't know what caused him to be suspended, the coach who brought him up here just said it was a ‘violation of team policy.' I never saw anything to cause concern." Brittain was fighting for a starting defensive tackle spot last season and looks to do so again. The Wildcats return just two scholarship defensive tackles who saw action last season and Brittain will instantly give the unit some depth.

He had a great season at Mesa and left a great impression on Dunn, who has seen a number of talented players, including a handful of pros, come through the school in his two stints as head coach.

"He's right up there with them," Dunn confessed. "He as good a defensive lineman as I have coached. I wouldn't be surprised if he has a great college career and even has success at the next level."

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