TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona football completed its 17th practice of fall camp Monday night at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. The Cats sported full pads for a two-hour practice session on the grass fields. Below are head coach Rich Rodriguez’s comments following practice:
If this week is any different than previous weeks:
“Not much because there is no school. It’s going to be the same as last week. There is no clutter, just football. I just told the team that there is no reason to prove themselves because it is just football, at least there shouldn’t be.”
On the amount of contact in practice:
“This is the least hitting I’ve done in 20 years of coaching football. You need to be extra cautious and coach a different way than you ever have. You need to get guys ready to play. This is not the pros, we still need to teach our guys how to tackle and block. We need to find that fine line where we do enough to get them taught but not to beat up your team. Hopefully, we’ll be healthy and ready to play the first game.”
On talking about NAU:
“A little bit. We’ll talk about it more tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the first true introduction of NAU and some of the game plans and schemes.”
On the players being expected to know the system better in the second year:
“I think we are able to be more efficient in practice. I thought last year’s team did a really good job of learning quickly. This year’s team, most of them know but there are 44 freshmen so they are still learning the way. The upperclassman did a really good job of setting the tempo in August.”
On freshman Scooby Wright:
“We watched some film on him and I think we were one of the first guys on him. He was one of those guys where you watch five or six plays of his highlights and you say, ‘this is the kind of guy we want’. Then you learn more about him, his family and what he is all about. He’s what we call an OKG, and he’s been everything we thought and then some. He’s going to play as a true freshman in a lot of roles for us.”
The Wildcats open the season on Fri., Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. vs. NAU. The game will air live at 7 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. Ted Robinson (pxp), Glenn Parker (color) and Drea Avent (sideline) will call the action from Arizona Stadium.
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