Following Thursday's practice, Mackovic announced the rosters for Saturday's Spring Game, which will feature the red and blue teams. After a month of practice, the game marks the final session of spring drills for Mackovic's first Wildcat football team.
"The blue team doesn't have as many players, but we divided the teams as evenly as possible. The good thing is that the game plan is the same for both teams, and it is just a matter of everyone going out and playing hard. We are going to treat it just like a game, but we will not have any kickoffs, we will fair catch the punts, and the quarterbacks won't get tackled," Mackovic said.
The blue team's coaches are defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff, tight ends coach Jay Boulware, wide receivers coach Rob Ianello, secondary coach Steve Bernstein and head coach John Mackovic. The red team's coaches are offensive coordinator Rick Dykes, running backs coach Bobby Kennedy, offensive line coach Charlie Dickey, inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Scott Pelluer and defensive line coach Marty Long.
Arizona's final session of spring drills begins at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to last 90 minutes. Wildcat fans will have a chance to see Mackovic's new passing offense and a strong Wildcat defense in action.
"It is a good time for the guys to play like it's a real game situation," Mackovic said. "Some of the younger players will have a chance to show what they can do, and it is a good opportunity for the veterans to show that they are ready to take that next step. It will also give our receiving corps a chance to show that they can catch some balls. Our offensive line is the biggest concern, and we just hope that they can make it through the game."
"The spring game is simply part of the entire evaluation. If a player doesn't have the best day on Saturday, it won't make or break someone's spring practice," he said. "After the weekend, we are going to look at the players' performance at every practice, along with the game, as we evaluate each individual player."
Saturday's event begins with a free Pigskin Pig-Out pre-game tailgate at 11 a.m. on Bear Down Field, adjacent to Arizona Stadium. The Spring Game is free and open to the public.