Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Scrimmage Highlights Day Eight
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 14, 1999
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DOUGLAS, Ariz. (August 14) - A scrimmage that lasted over an hour highlighted day-eight of the Arizona football team's practices today at Camp Cochise. After getting out for a morning practice on Cochise Community College's baseball field because of a wet football field, the Wildcats went through about a two-hour workout under cloudy and cool conditions. The team wa then met with sunny and hot weather in the afternoon's session.

Although UA head coach Dick Tomey elected to holdout such players as Trung Canidate and DaShon Polk from the scrimmage to avoid injury, the rest of the frontliners got to see plenty of action, as did the second and third stringers. Tomey, however, was not pleased with the team's performance.

"We weren't very good," Tomey said. "I thought our effort was poor, and probably if you look back at this scrimmage last year, and the year before that and the year before that, you would also see that we weren't very good in those either. We will look at the film from today and grow from it, but I know we have a long way to go.

Arizona quaterbacks Keith Smith and Ortege Jenkins both took turns directing the first team offense. One of the highlights was a 30-yard touchdown pass from Smith to former back-up quarterback and current wide receiver Nick Fleury. True freshman Lance Briggs, who has been playing both fullback and linebacker, displayed some hard running and impressed Tomey.

"Lance is a big and powerful back -- and that's what we are looking for," Tomey said. "He has been splitting time on both offense and defense and we will continue to see what he can do for us on the offensive side of the ball."

As for the two quarterbacks, Tomey says evaluating their performances in camp in not a true test of their capabilities.

"This is not a good environment to judge a quarterback," he said. You have guys out there in the same color uniforms and the action is not the same speed as it is in a game. They will continue to get better and after looking at today's film, they will know what they have to work on."

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