July 31, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona football player Eli Wnek has suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time.
Wnek, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end, has a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot. The foot has been placed in a cast and the senior from Glendale, Ariz., is undergoing medical evaluations.
"I am very disappointed for Eli because I don't know of anyone who spent more time both on and off the field getting ready for this season," said head coach John Mackovic. "It will not be easy to start fall practice without him."
Wnek was expected to be a key cog in the Wildcat defense this season. Prior to a two-year stint on offense, he totaled 31 tackles and five sacks as a redshirt freshman defensive end in 1998. An outstanding student, Wnek was a 2000 first team Pac-10 all-academic selection and a second team Verizon Academic All-District pick as well.
Wnek's injury comes just days before the Wildcats were to begin fall practice. Freshmen are scheduled to report to campus on Thursday, Aug. 2, while veterans report on Monday, Aug. 6. Arizona opens the 2001 campaign on Thursday, Aug. 30, at San Diego State. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PDT and can be seen on ESPN2.