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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/12/2000
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DOUGLAS, Ariz.--The University of Arizona football team spent much of Saturday's fall training camp on the Cochise College campus near here in meetings and walk-through practices in preparation for Sunday's first action in full pads.

The Wildcats did hold a spirited two-hour workout in the late afternoon. Junior college transfer cornerback Jermaine Chatman added his name to the list of defensive backs with live interceptions, picking off a throw by backup quarterback Jason Johnson.

The team went through three and a half hours of scaled-back activities in team meetings, classrooms and kicking-game orientation on the field before the lone full-team practice of the day in the afternoon. Each of the two preceding days involved three practices each, in shorts or half-pads. But Sunday the Cats will scrimmage for the first time during the 11 a.m. second practice.

"We're going to scrimmage, but it's not a whole lot different that what we've been doing except the tackling," head coach Dick Tomey said. "I'm anxious to see us in more of a game situation.

"But scrimmaging is less work than when you practice; there are 22 guys involved. When you practice to get 100 guys working. That's why I don't like to do it much," he said.

"It will be good to see if some of the young guys fly in there. You see plenty of them running around and looking pretty early in camp, but when you hit it's entirely different for some of them."

Offensive coordinator Dino Babers, who coaches quarterbacks, said, half in jest, "Contact separates the men from the boys. Being a QB is all about taking a hit. We've seen (senior starter Ortege) Jenkins get rocked by a Nebraska, for example, so we don't need to see him get hit. But we'll probably put the other guys in blue shirts and see how it goes," he said of Johnson and potential backup Cliff Watkins.

"We plan to give a lot of guys the same amount of snaps (in scrimmage)," Tomey said. "We need to see how a lot of people react."

Among position players expected to receive close scrutiny are freshman running backs Anthony Fulcher, Chris Harris, Tremaine Cox and Clarence Farmer, one of whom Tomey has said is likely to be a rotation back in 2000. Other newcomers who've seen considerable work with the top units in shorts are Chatman, defensive end Johnny Jackson, fullback Mike Detwiler and offensive linemen John Vorschek.

Tomey said the team would continue its hitting regimen Monday in the morning and evening practices.

Arizona, which finished 6-6 last year, has four more days in camp at Cochise College, then returns to Tucson for another week of two-a-days before school starts Aug. 21. The Wildcats open the season Sept. 2 at Utah.

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