Arizona Wildcats linebackers Dakota Conwell and C.J. Dozier have retired from football due to multiple concussions, reports Daniel Berk of the Arizona Daily Star.
As true freshmen last season, Conwell played in 10 games, recording 12 tackles (three for loss), while Dozier played in nine games (one start) and recorded 27 tackles and one forced fumble. They were expected to be part of the linebacker rotation again this season.
Both three-star recruits in the Class of 2012, Dozier, from San Diego, picked Arizona over offers from Arizona State, UCLA and Washington, among others, while Conwell, from Pittsburgh, picked Arizona over offers from Maryland and Pittsburgh, among others.
The sophomores become the second and third players to leave the team due to injury in the past three months – safety Vince Miles left the team with an undisclosed injury in July. Last season, linebacker Rob Hankins also retired, citing symptoms from a severe concussion.
Look for the Wildcats to rely more on true freshmen Jake Matthews, DeAndre’ Miller and Scooby Wright, as the trio impressed Friday in their collegiate debuts.