Arizona QB Tuitama recovering from concussion

Updated: September 13, 2006, 3:58 PM ET
Associated Press

It was unclear whether Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama would play Saturday against Stephen F. Austin after a helmet-to-helmet hit by an LSU player.

The sophomore was drilled by defensive end Tyson Jackson on the first play from scrimmage last weekend in No. 6 LSU's 45-3 victory over the Wildcats.

Tuitama suffered a concussion.

Jackson drew a personal foul penalty, which in turn drew the ire of LSU coach Les Miles.

"I have sent the film of the play to the SEC and asked them to describe it to me," he said. "The time of the throw and the time of the contact would make it very difficult for me to make that call."

Although he said he is hard on players over personal fouls, "I will defend Tyson Jackson's intentions on the play," Miles said.

Arizona coach Mike Stoops, who said he's unsure when Tuitama suffered the concussion, said college rules don't necessarily prohibit such hits.

"Any time you go helmet-to-helmet in the NFL that costs you big [fine] money," he said. "Any time you go helmet-to-helmet in the NCAA, it's not a violation."

Stoops said he likely will make a determination Thursday whether Tuitama is ready to go when the Wildcats (1-1) host I-AA Stephen F. Austin (0-2).

If not, Arizona will start senior backup Adam Austin, who completed 8 of 19 passes for 67 yards after replacing Tuitama with five minutes remaining in the third quarter against LSU.

Austin, a former walk-on, has not started a game and threw only five passes before the LSU game. Tuitama was 8-of-17 for 50 yards with two passes intercepted before being replaced by Austin.


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