Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Head Coach John Mackovic Quotes on First Day of Spring Practice
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 24, 2001
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First-day analysis:
"There was a lot of enthusiasm on the field today. Everyone is fresh, and now our job is to maintain that enthusiasm and the work level as we go through the spring."

"On offense, Clarence Farmer looked like he is ready to go. I also thought that Gary Love had a particularly good day. On defense, the defensive line group really showed some quickness, and our linebackers did a great job of intercepting some passes."

On the offense:
"After today, we have a lot of the basic stuff down, but we are going to be putting new things into the offense every day. I think that if we can finish the spring with the players knowing the offense, we won't have to start at zero when fall practice begins."

"It is going to be difficult to evaluate all six (of the quarterbacks) with equal numbers of throws, so we will have to make some decisions there. They (quarterbacks) really have a lot of work to do, but it is not so much a matter of talent or technique. I think they have to learn a lot more than anyone else, and there is a great deal of work to be done."

On being well-organized:
"I wouldn't say that the word ‘business' is the right way to describe how we run practice because that term can sometimes imply that you don't care about people. In order to get done what we want to get done, we need to be a well-organized team. We cannot afford to waste time on the field."

Note: The second day of drills, scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m., has been moved up to 11:45 a.m.

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