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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 11:08 am | Updated: 4:30 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

October 12, 2004

TUCSON - A freshman football player at the University of Arizona remained in critical condition, but was improving, on Monday after being shot at an off-campus party.

Sheldon Watts, 18, an offensive lineman from Hightower High School in Fort Bend County, Texas, was shot twice in the chest about 2 a.m. Sunday after an argument among partygoers led to gunfire, Tucson police said.

‘‘Sheldon is doing better,’’ Arizona coach Mike Stoops said Monday.

‘‘He seems to be progressing well. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sheldon. It has been an unbelievably tough situation.’’

Watts is sitting out the season as a redshirt, so he did not accompany the Wildcats to their game Saturday at UCLA.

Tucson police said there is no indication that Watts or three other redshirt football players at the party were part of the argument that led to the shooting.

Police said the argument began inside the house, then spread outside, where the gunfire occurred.

No arrests have been made, Tucson police said.

Watts was one of 20 high school players in Stoops’ first recruiting class, and one of seven from the Houston area.

One of the Texans, 18-yearold McCollins Umeh, collapsed and died of an enlarged heart earlier this year during a voluntary conditioning session.

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