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20070810 Cats Sneak in 10th Practice
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/10/2007
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TUCSON ?C Arizona head coach Mike Stoops and his staff wisely moved up the start of Fridayˇ?s Fall Camp practice to a 4:30 p.m. start instead of the scheduled time of 5:45 p.m. It was at about 5:45 p.m. that a thunderstorm on the northeast side of town prompted an early end to practice because of lightening in the area.

?Fortunately for the Wildcats, all but the final 22 minutes of drills were completed. Wildcat coaches cannot be too displeased with the abrupt end however, as Fridayˇ?s practice was efficient and workmanlike throughout, while coaches stressed fundamentals before tomorrowˇ?s controlled scrimmage, which will be closed to the media and public.

?Fridayˇ?s practice, the 10th for the team in nine days, was scheduled to be lighter and shorter than most anyways, as the team worked through routine individual, group, special teams, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. As has become the norm in this fallˇ?s practices, the offense and defense came out rather even in the live drills.

?Wille Tuitama completed 10-of-17 passes in the skeleton passing segment, but did throw one interception to Cam Nelson as his pass sailed over intended wide receiver Mike Thomas. Later in the drill, the junior signal caller completed throws to tight end A.J. Simmons for 10 yards and wide receiver Delashaun Dean for 20 yards.

?Tyler Lyon and Kris Heavner also saw some action in 7-on-7 work. Lyon finished 1-of-2, while Heavner completed all four of his attempts, including completions of nine yards to Simmons and 16 yards to David Roberts.

?The Wildcats were only able to fit in 10 plays during the first eight minutes of a scheduled 30-minute period before practice was suspended. It was enough time, however, for Tuitama to find Thomas open for 30-yards down the right sideline. Tuitama completed all six of his passes, but did have to pull a ball down and escape pressure on one occasion. On the final play of the night, Louis Holmes got to Tuitama before he could get rid of the ball, causing the play to be blown dead.

? Arizona will practice tomorrow, holding a controlled scrimmage. However, the practice will be CLOSED to all fans and media. The team will have Sunday off, before returning to the Rincon Vista Complex for two practices on Monday, which will be open to the media and public at 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

? NOTES:

-????????? Head coach Mike Stoops, his staff and the players took the night off from addressing the media, as the thunderstorms prompted a quick exit from the field.

-????????? Fridayˇ?s suspended practice marks the first practice of the 2007 Fall Camp that has been shortened due to weather conditions.

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