Aug. 7, 2010 A Look at Some New Guys - Photo Gallery
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team strapped on the shoulder pads Saturday morning for the third practice of its 2010 Fall Camp at the Rincon Vista Complex.
Players set their alarm clocks back an hour or two later on Saturday as the weekend workout began at 8 a.m. Much of the practice was conducted under mostly cloudy skies which kept conditions quite pleasant following overnight rains in the area.
"For three days, we're in good position with our team," Head Coach Mike Stoops said afterwards. "I just like what we're doing."
For a second day in a row, big plays on offense and impressive performances by freshmen highlighted the day. In 7-on-7 drills, the offense spread the ball around to an array of receivers, then ended the drill in style with a 70-yard pass play from Nick Foles to Gino Crump.
Following practice, Stoops applauded the overall play of his entire team, including the defense which has shown a steady pass rush through three days. One thing Stoops noted to the team, however, is that it must cut down on allowing big plays on the defensive side of the ball.
One of four returning starters for the Wildcats on the defensive side is junior Robert Golden. A 13-game starter at safety a season ago, Golden has worked out at both safety and cornerback positions early in camp. His versatility has allowed coaches to get extended looks at a talented crop of newcomers in the secondary.
"That's the good thing about Robert," co-defensive coordinator Greg Brown said. "He's a versatile guy and he's shown the ability to work at both spots. So we've been working him at both positions every day."
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Among the newcomers working at the safety spots are Marquis Flowers and Josh Robbins, who are quickly learning behind returnees Joseph Perkins, Adam Hall and Anthony Wilcox. At corner, Jonathon McKnight and Shaquielle Richardson are seen some reps behind returnees Trevin Wade, Marcus Benjamin and Mike Turner.
With talented newcomers at nearly all positions on the field, veterans are being pushed daily creating solid competition in camp. Coaches feel the overall depth of talent in the program could be as strong as it ever has been.
"I've been really impressed with the young group." Stoops reiterated. "They are going to make it tough on some of these older guys, and that is what you want in your program. You want to build depth with quality players. Our players know who quality players are."
The Wildcats will hit the field again on Sunday at 8 a.m. On Monday, the team will resume 6:15 a.m. workouts and will participate in full pads for the first time in camp.