Oct. 3, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team completed practice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium early Wednesday morning as the Cats continue to prepare for Saturday's game at No. 18 Stanford. Below is a brief transcript of head coach Rich Rodriguez's comments following practice.
On if morning workouts will be a normal routine:
"The biggest reason we are doing it this week is to just get their bodies used to getting up earlier. It's nice and I think the coaches like it because we can watch film in the afternoon. I think some of the players like it too because it's a lot cooler. It's hard to get a full practice in because of class so it seems like we are rushing everything in the morning."
On what Washington did to slow down Stanford:
"Washington is pretty athletic defensively and they have good size up front in their front seven, so they matched up well because of their size. They have some really good corners so they were able to bring some pressure and leave the corners out one-on-one. They have a couple guys that I think are some of the best in the country so I think that helped them too."
On what the Arizona front seven needs to do to get through the gaps:
"A big thing for us is pad level, because we are undersized and we are going to get challenged by a lot of big guys. We have to play with great pad level and great technique. I know Coach Casteel and Coach Kirelawich emphasized getting pads low, being physical and not catching the blocks."
On the tight end position:
"We are using a tight end a lot more probably than we have in the past. We used to almost always go with four wide receivers, but the last four or five years we have incorporated more 11 personnel, with a tight end. Those big tight ends that can block but are also a weapon in the passing game, we are all looking for them. They [Stanford] have a couple of them too."
Arizona football will travel to take on No. 18 Stanford on Sat., Oct. 6 at Stanford Stadium. The game is scheduled to air on FOX at 12 p.m. PT.
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