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O'Hara leaves school, football team to be with family


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Ryan O'Hara stretches during a summer workout last August. O'Hara has left the team for personal reasons.
CHRIS CODUTO/Arizona Daily Wildcat
By Charles Renning
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, September 8, 2004
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Sophomore backup quarterback Ryan O'Hara left school yesterday to return home to be with his brother who had a kidney transplant Monday and will be gone the remainder of the school semester, head coach Mike Stoops said.

Stoops said he does not know if O'Hara will return to the team after this season.

O'Hara, who started one game under center last year for the Wildcats, is going home to Pasadena, Calif., to be with his family and help them deal with the crisis, Stoops said.

"As we know, his brother is in good shape," Stoops said.

O'Hara entered the year as the backup to starter Kris Heavner.

Stoops said his status with the team will be re-evaluated next semester when he returns.

He also added that he expected O'Hara not to lose any eligibility since he did not play in Saturday's 21-3 win over Northern Arizona.

Redshirt freshman Richard Kovalcheck will move into O'Hara's spot as the backup while junior Nic Costa will increase his snaps in practice, Stoops said.

O'Hara played in five games last season, completing 33 of 78 passes for 341 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions.

The 6-foot-6, 198-pound O'Hara also lettered as a forward for the UA basketball team last year.



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