Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Football Spring Practice Notes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 01, 2001
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Arizona spring football practice continued to draw attention during the team's second weekend of spring drills. About 150 spectators attended the open practices over the three days, including Saturday's session, which was held at Arizona Stadium.

UA head coach John Mackovic and staff put the Wildcat football team through the paces in three sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Wildcats also dressed in full pads for the first time on Saturday. The team engaged in some full-speed work at the stadium but did not have a full scrimmage.

"Overall, I would say it was fine. I wouldn't call it any better than that. We have a long ways to go. We'll see how our guys do at the next practice. If they come back ready to go to work and learn and are sharp and ready to pay attention, then we'll know that they are ready to do this," Mackovic said following Saturday's session.

The squad will return to the practice facility on Tuesday afternoon for its seventh practice session.

The team is allowed 15 spring practices under NCAA guidelines and will conclude spring drills with the Spring Game on April 21 in Arizona Stadium.

All spring practices are open to the public. Most are scheduled on the practice facility at North Campbell Avenue and Enke Drive, across from McKale Center, but the Spring Game and some other sessions will be held in Arizona Stadium.

Arizona Head Coach John Mackovic Quotes

On Sunday's practice:
"Well, they were a little tired today and a little sluggish, but we told them that they will get no sympathy on the football field. We pushed them as well as we could today, and we expect to have a better practice come Tuesday."

"We ran a two-minute offense/defense situation at the end of practice. The different strategy situations are just so important for us, and it is a good way to get some teaching on the tape."

On the wide receivers:
"I definitely see a lot of potential. They just have to work hard in order to have the discipline that they need. We need them to work on being in the places that they are supposed to be in every time. The passing game is always built on the timing phase, and we just need them to learn to adjust to the zones."

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