Arizona Linebacker Hank Hobson Carted Off Field on Backboard

Casey CroweFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

October 6, 2012; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Josh Nunes (6) scores a touchdown while being hit by Arizona Wildcats outside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor (4) and outside linebacker Hank Hobson (19) with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal defeated the Wildcats 54-48. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
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Arizona sophomore linebacker Hank Hobson was carted off the field at the Rose Bowl, strapped to a backboard, with just under 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter on Saturday night.

From Arizona Daily Star beat writer Ryan Finley:


All the air sucked from the Rose Bowl as the ambulance comes for Hank Hobson. Hope the linebacker's OK. #ArizonaWildcats

— Ryan Finley (@ryan_finley) November 4, 2012


That was followed shortly thereafter from Anthony Gimino:


Brian Jeffries on @1290amthesource says early report on Hank Hobson was positive. Moving arms and legs, was talking to his parents.

— Anthony Gimino (@AGWildcatReport) November 4, 2012


With No. 22 Arizona trailing UCLA 52-10, the Bakersfield, Calif. native took on a block that seemed to awkwardly jar his torso during a Johnathan Franklin run play. After briefly chasing the action, Hobson fell to the ground.

He remained there for several minutes before the Arizona training staff immobilized him and brought out the cart.

The scariest part of the incident may have been that Hobson collapsed not directly following a violent hit, but while running in the open field after contact.

It was another significant injury Arizona sustained on the evening, as quarterback Matt Scott went down and appeared to be holding his head, receiver Dan Buckner left early and offensive lineman Chris Putton also was taken to the locker room.

Scott was injured during Arizona's upset of USC the week before, but told the media in the week prior to the UCLA game that it was not a concussion.

Besides all of that, an equipment room at the university's hoops center, the McKale Center, apparently caught fire earlier in the night (per the Arizona Daily Star). No injuries were reported; the fire was quickly extinguished and damage is being assessed.