Utah picked up needed depth at linebacker with the transfer of Cody Ippolito from Arizona. The graduate transfer announced his decision on Twitter and will be eligible to play this season for the Utes.
Ippolito played 27 games in three seasons at Arizona, registering 80 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He has been slowed by injuries, missing all or parts of three season due to knee injuries. He missed the final six games of 2016 after suffering a knee injury against Utah.
When healthy, Ippolito is a capable linebacker and was popular with teammates and fans. The 6-foot-2, 248-pound linebacker was a two-star recruit out of Arizona’s Chaparral High School. He tore an ACL in early October and will likely not be able to participate in spring practices but could be ready for fall camp. Ippolito could provide depth at all three linebacker positions and could push to start at stud linebacker, though he is at his best as a down-hill middle linebacker.
Ippolito began his college career in 2012 playing seven games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams. In 2013, he suffered his first knee injury and missed the entire season. His best year came in 2014 when he played in all 14 games, starting six. He finished that season with 52 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He missed the 2015 season after injuring an ACL in fall camp. He played the first six games of 2016, recording 28 tackles, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Ippolito will be a sixth-year senior for the 2017 season after being granted a medical hardship.