Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Football Practice Report - Last Day of Camp
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 16, 2000
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DOUGLAS, Ariz.--A day off for University of Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins appeared to pay dividends as Jenkins completed nine of 13 passes for more than 200 yards in some controlled passing and coverage drills on the Wildcats' final day at fall training camp here on the Cochise College campus.

Jenkins hit seven of 10 passes in a one-on-one drill, with receivers Bobby Wade, Gary Love, Andrae Thurman and Malosi Leonard on the end of plays of 30 yards or more. In a goal-line full-team drill, Jenkins fired short touchdown or two-point conversion strikes to reserve tight end Peter Hansen and backup tight end James Hugo on two of three attempts.

In a third first-and-10 drill, one of his three throws was for about 40 yards to Wade, and he threw the other two attempts away because of pressure from linebacker Joe Siofele on one and solid coverage on the other.

"Ortege did some good things. It looked like he did benefit from having (Monday) off. Within a week, we'll have to pick our No. 2 quarterback (from between sophomore Jason Johnson or redshirt freshman Cliff Watkins) and give that guy a lot of work. It will have to be our best judgment. We didn't expect to make that determination in camp but we need to do it soon," head coach Dick Tomey said.

In a goal-line rushing drill, freshman Clarence Farmer, who Tomey said might be slightly ahead for a rotation spot in the backfield, ran three times for 15 yards and a touchdown.

Arizona closed its camp with the normal morning practice, but skipped the second 90-minute period to participate in annual swimming competition at the nearby campus pool. "We've worked hard and it was fun to have the guys engage in some different competition. Some of the good swimmers aren't the good football players," Tomey said.

He said putting a final analysis on the effectiveness of camp would have to come later "when the team goes through a series of crises that a season gives you. But indications are positive that we'll respond. I think our guys understand the value of resiliency, camaraderie and togetherness," he said. "The good thing was there were not a lot of serious injuries.

"I think we have a team which is a lot tougher than a year ago. We have some guys who enjoy the hitting aspect. I have a good feeling about our commitment to being that kind of a team," Tomey said.

The Wildcats return to Tucson Thursday morning around 10 o'clock and have the day off. The team will practice at 10 a.m. Friday and scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. that night. Practice Saturday is at 4 p.m. and at 2 p.m. n Sunday. Monday is the first day of classes and the team will not practice.


...Junior punter Chris Palic was awarded a scholarship by Tomey in the morning post-practice huddle. "That was an easy call. He's worked hard and has made a difference in a game. Last year he helped us beat Washington State," Tomey told the assembled players...

...Tomey also asked his players to think about the downed Russian submarine in the Barents Sea and offer prayer if they wished. "Those sailors are probably the same age as many of our players. We want to encourage our guys to be citizens and pay attention to what's going on in the world."...

...Redshirt freshman linebacker Matt Molina of Scottsdale won the team's annual 25-yard freestyle event and helped his class win the relay event in the swimming competition...

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