Arizona tight end Trevor Wood, who started at defensive end in the Wildcats’ bowl game loss to Purdue last month, announced his transfer on social media Monday.
Wood, the son of former Arizona defensive lineman Dave Wood, made two tackles, including an assisted stop on a tackle for loss, and broke up two passes. He didn’t have much of a role on offense as a redshirt junior, catching two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown as the Wildcats used freshman tight ends Bryce Wolma (28 catches) and Jamie Nunley (six receptions).
— Trevor Wood (@t_wood_8) January 8, 2018
Wood also helped with long-snapping this season and punted twice late in the season, when the Wildcats had enduring struggles in that area.
He figures to search for a new college that will focus on his tight end skills, although having Wood (6-6, 265) stay at defensive end would have been an intriguing offseason development for Arizona, which never had enough talent or depth on the defensive line during Rich Rodriguez’s six years at the helm.
In addition to the possibility of Wood, Arizona has lost two backup defensive linemen since the end of the season. Senior-to-be Larry Tharpe Jr. announced he would turn pro and Marcus Griffin, who played in five games, said on social media last week that he would leave as a graduate transfer following the spring semester.