TUCSON, Ariz. -- The last we saw of Arizona linebacker Hank Hobson -- in a playing capacity, that is -- was that Nov. 3 night when he was being carted off and out of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., wondering if he'd be well enough to return and play again at some point for the Wildcats.
He didn't return after Arizona's 66-10 disappointing loss to UCLA, having suffered a head and neck injury that affected his right side. He was treated and released from a hospital in Los Angeles before returning to Arizona to become a sideline observer for the team's final four games. His season was done.
But he returns this season in what he calls "the best shape of his life" to help add depth to what should be a pretty good group of linebackers, led by senior Jake Fischer. Hobson is down to 235 pounds and is ready for camp to start in about three weeks. He was at 240 pounds in the spring and said he felt heavy, but now, "I'm at a good weight and ready to go," said the 6-foot-3 Hobson.
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