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Wildcats Football Camp - Tuesday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 15, 2000
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DOUGLAS, Ariz.--The University of Arizona scaled back the amount of on-the-field football training camp work on its next to last day at Cochise College Tuesday, but held a spirited two-hour workout in the late afternoon although without No. 1 quarterback Ortege Jenkins.

Jenkins, a fifth-year senior who set a Pac-10 freshman record with 19 touchdowns in 1997 then shared the position with Keith Smith the past two years, was held out to rest his arm. The Cats have held 13 practices here including the split-morning drills with rest periods in between.

"At time we feel O.J. needs a day off," coach Dick Tomey said. "His arm can use it. He'll get another day or two off down the road, too."

"You can see why (backup quarterbacks Cliff) Watkins and (Jason) Johnson need some work," Tomey said after the practice session Tuesday. Each has had problems handling snaps and each threw passes which were intercepted during the afternoon.

Tomey said coaches will have to make a determination on the No. 2 quarterback soon. "We'll keep giving both Cliff and Jason work but we need to have one of them begin to get more time. It won't do us any good to give them both equal work once we get going," he said. "I like that Cliff has come so far without as much time back there, and I like Jason because he knows our offense so much better. There's promise, either way we go."

Freshman cornerback Michael Jolivette picked his fourth pass of camp off Watkins during a coverage drill and Johnson was intercepted by freshman safety Clay Hardt skeleton during a so-called no-contact skeleton drill. It was Hardt's second interception of camp.

Some minor fisticuffs broke out during the latter drill when junior tackle Makoa Freitas leveled defensive tackle Ben Alualu with a cut-back block during a reverse, then was accosted by linebacker Adrian Koch.

"I like our enthusiasm but we coach like heck to get our players to remain under control and understand they're working against each other," Tomey said of the skirmishes.

The offense appeared to get the upper hand in a full-contact scrimmage period featuring the running game. Sophomore Larry Croom broke loose for 62 yards on three carries against the top defensive unit, including a 30-yard run.

"If we're going to be a good team we can't have the offense or defense dominate all the time. The other day the defense seemed to dominate. Maybe today the offense made a go of it. On a good team your units will take turns" making big plays, Tomey said.

UA's place kickers fared well in their live periods. Sean Keel made eight of nine kicks including two from 40 yards and six from 20 yards. Bobby Gill was three for four including one from 42 yards and Doug Jones made four of his five attempts.


...The Wildcats have three practices scheduled Wednesday on the final day of camp here, though Tomey has held swimming relay competition in the college pool in the past on the closing days of training...

...True freshman running back Clarence Farmer of Houston, Texas, may have a slight edge over fellow freshmen Anthony Fulcher, Chris Harris and Tremaine Cox in the competition for a backup role. Sophomores Leo Mills and Larry Croom are listed 1-2 on the depth chart. Mills has missed some drills the past two days with a sore quadriceps...

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