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Football Holds Annual Meet the Team Night
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/17/2013
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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. In front of a crowd of more than 5,000 fans, the Arizona football team held its annual scrimmage in conjunction with the Meet the Team event under the lights inside Arizona Stadium on Saturday night.

Below are comments from head coach Rich Rodriguez, senior quarterback B.J. Denker and senior linebacker Marquis Flowers following the scrimmage.

Rich Rodriguez

Thoughts on the scrimmage:

“It was alright, we got a lot done. It was more of a practice than a scrimmage but the last 20 or 25 minutes were live. We got a lot of situational stuff done so we have a lot of good film to watch.”

On the comparison to last weekend’s practice:

“The execution was a little better in all three phases but I’ll have to watch the film to figure that out.”

On the setting with the fans in the stadium:

“I think it’s nice. We had a great ribbon cutting ceremony with a lot of our supporters and I thought there was a really good crowd. I didn’t know how much it was advertised but it was a nice crowd and I hope they enjoyed the atmosphere. Obviously the new end zone seats, I think the folks that were looking at them are pretty serious about maybe buying some tickets. We need to sell this place out.”

On B.J. Denker’s play tonight:

“I don’t think he threw a pick. So that was a bonus because we have had some problems with interceptions and forcing things. I don’t think we forced things. There was maybe one throw that the quarterback made where it was forced but other than that it was better from that standpoint. That has been our biggest problem, throwing the ball into coverage and not taking off and running. Tonight they did a better of just taking off and running.”

On the play of the defense tonight:

“I didn’t think our intensity defensively was as good as it has been. That was just from my vantage point but I thought we have been more aggressive. Again, some of that is limited when you are not going live all the time but we have played better defensively in some of the other practices.”

B.J. Denker

Thoughts on tonight’s scrimmage:

“I thought it went well. When I was in, we moved the ball pretty well. Obviously I’m disappointed we lost the scrimmage but I feel like I got in on that last play. It was a good practice, we ran the ball well and executed well. I was happy with my performance and the offense’s performance.”

On the difference between tonight and where you were two weeks ago:

“I am a lot more improved and more confident. Coach has been getting on me but it was for the moment right here so I could perform better in this scrimmage. It is one week out from game week and I’m feeling good.”

On the difference between tonight’s setting and last week’s scrimmage:

“Being under the lights in our new stadium with the fans here is a lot more exciting. Everyone is going to get a little more pumped up for that. I feel as an offensive unit we were a lot more comfortable so we knew what we were going to do, how to do it and we executed very well.”

Marquis Flowers

On tonight’s scrimmage:

“I think when we watch the film there are obviously some mistakes that we will have to correct and that what tomorrow is going to be for. Everyone just has to go in the film room and get better. Coach is going to tell us what we can do better. Obviously we are still a little rusty but we have another week to get ready for the game.”

On the setting of the new look stadium with fans in the seats:

“I think it’s definitely neat. I think it is neat for the fans. Obviously we want to give them some entertainment. We know they are going to come out here and watch us, those faithful Wildcat fans. We want to give them a good show.”

Following the scrimmage, fans were able to take photos and get autographs from the team.

Tickets for the 2013 football season including in the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, are available and can be purchased by visiting the McKale Center Ticket Office, calling 520-621-CATS or by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com. Fans can also make appointments via the McKale Center Ticket Office to tour the seating areas during normal business hours.

For continued coverage of Arizona football, follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/arizonafootball and on Twitter @ArizonaFBall.

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