O'Hara leaves the team

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan O'Hara has left the Wildcat football team to be with his younger brother Dustin who had a kidney transplant on Monday.

O'Hara and Dustin have always been close. O'Hara cited Dustin, who had lived with multiple cystic kidney disease, as his inspiration on the website he maintained during his prep career. Dustin had been waiting for two years to undergo the procedure and is now resting comfortably at UCLA Medical Center.

Although Ryan has used his redshirt he could have three more years of eligibility remaining as he is using family hardship withdrawal. He could be back as early as the spring semester in January.

"He has a rare blood type, finding a match has been very difficult," close family friend Ron Andrade told the Tucson Citizen. "They have been waiting this whole time. They were told not to be further than an hour away from UCLA in case they got called."

O'Hara was the No. 2 quarterback for the NAU game, but did not play as starter Kris Heavner received all the snaps. O'Hara started one game last season, but was moved to wide receiver by the end of the season. He returned to quarterback in the spring and out-dueled Richard Kovalcheck and Nic Costa to be named Heavner's back up.

Kovalcheck, a redshirt freshman who has never taken a collegiate snap, will now serve as Heavner's primary back-up. Costa, who is being used as a utility player, has already taken two snaps this season. He started three games a year ago and played in all 12 last season.

Arizona hosts Utah on Saturday. Both teams are 1-0.

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