Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Davonte Neal has NCAA hardship waiver denied


Jan 4, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Davonte

In some Arizona Wildcats’ news to report, wide receiver Davonte Neal who transferred from Notre Dame had his NCAA hardship waiver denied on Monday. This was confirmed on Monday by head coach Rich Rodriguez.

Neal was trying to play immediately this season but the NCAA would not allow it. He was trying to get his hardship approved due to his family situation, in which he was moving closer to his girlfriend and young daughter. The wide receiver was a highly touted recruit out of Scottsdale’s Chaparral High and was Notre Dame’s top punt returner as a freshman.

He also did some things in the receiving game catching one pass for minus five yards. Arizona will appeal again but it will not be approved and Neal will have to sit out for a year. But he will have three years of eligibility left and when he does play he will be able to help the Wildcats’ receiving game a lot.

Let’s face it; Arizona is running team depending on running backs Daniel Jenkins, Ka’Deem Carey, and quarterback B.J. Denker. Arizona can win games by running the ball but in conference play, the Wildcats will need the receiving game to come alive to give them an extra threat.