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Lightning Slows Down On-Field Activities
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/13/1999
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DOUGLAS, Ariz. (August 13) - Just about 45 minutes into its one and only practice of the day, the Arizona football team was forced inside because of lighting and a steady rainstorm. It marked the third time during its seven days at Camp Cochise that the Wildcats went through some walk-through type drills in the gymnasium due to inclement weather at Cochise Community College.

The afternoon workout was preceded by about four hours of walk-through activities and meetings earlier in the day."

"Like I said before, I don't look at it as a negative that we had to practice inside," head coach Dick Tomey said. "The noise that was created inside the gym will help our players learn to better communicate with their teammates when we go into loud stadiums. We were able to work on both our offensive and defensive schemes somewhat, and the break allowed some of our guys a chance for their bodies to rest. I am sure they welcomed that.

"It wasn't a wasted day at all -- we accomplished a lot in the meetings we had throughout the day. I expect the team will ready to get back at it at full-speed on Saturday."

Arizona will have three practices on Saturday, with the first set for 8:30 - 10 a.m. in full pads. After that, the team will follow its usual schedule when three-a-days are on the docket, where the players rest from 10 - 10:45 a.m. and then hit the field for the second practice from 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. The second practice will be in half-pads.

Saturday will conclude with a third practice (in pads) from 4:45 - 6:10 p.m.

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