Each was listed No. 1 after spring ball and have have made stronger bids in camp to hold the spots, receiving praise from coach Dick Tomey. Jolivette is a redshirt freshman, and Nash, who redshirted last season after converting from wide receiver, is a junior.
"Michael is real serious. He's a hard-working guy who sees the game, and understands the game. He has good hands and is a good hitter. You don't have to tell him everything because he just sees everything going on around him. And he's one of the fastest guys on the team," Tomey said.
Jolivette has three interceptions in camp and numerous pass breakups. UA's other cornerback candidate currently is fellow redshirt freshman David Hinton, who's in a close battle for the role with junior college transfer Jermaine Chatman and junior letterman Anthony Banks.
Nash is one of several players Tomey credits with giving Arizona a much better "hitting" team than a yer ago, along with sophomore linebacker Lance Briggs and free safety candidate Clay Hardt. Briggs is a solid No. 1 inside and Hardt is battling returning starter Jarvie Worcester, a sophomore, for No. 1.
"Sometimes you just need a few guys like Hardt, Briggs and Nash. They're tremendously aggressive and beacon lights for others to follow. Last year maybe we didn't have naturally aggressive guys. Some love it, some like it and some tolerate hitting. Those guys love it," Tomey said.
After more than a dozen practices, Tomey's most impressed with the continued work ethic and improved physical play of the team. "No one looks really good because everyone's tired, but they're working hard. We saw a million thousand mistakes (on the tape of Saturday's scrimmage), but some real players set the standard for hitting."
Tomey canceled Monday evening's practice because many players were limited because of assorted sprains, bumps and bruises. The team split into unit groups and met with coaches or held clothed walk- throughs in the Cochise College gymnasium.