Aug. 2, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez officially opened his first season leading the Wildcats by conducting the team's initial workout of the 2012 campaign Thursday evening at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium.
Arizona will follow Thursday's practice, which was conducted in shorts and helmets, with single session workouts through Wednesday, August 8, before opening the first two-a-day session on August 9.
"I think most of the guys were in pretty good shape and I think it showed," Rodriguez said. "It's a night and day difference certainly from our first practice in the spring to the first practice now. Our execution wasn't there but I liked our enthusiasm and I liked the way we moved around."
The Wildcats are slated to put on shoulder pads for the first time Saturday before following with full gear next week. Arizona's preseason practice schedule closes with a Meet The Team event on Sunday, August 19.
Thursday started with team and individual meetings before the season opening two-hour practice got underway.
"I met with seniors as a group yesterday and asked them to take leadership of this team," Rodriguez added. "I saw that today and they did a great job of teaching the freshman what to do and keeping them engaged in practice."
The Wildcats will take to Arizona Stadium on Sat., Sept. 1 to host Toledo. The 7:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Football tickets are available at the McKale Center Ticket office, by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com or by calling 520-621-2287 or 1-800-452-CATS.