TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team completed a two-hour practice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium on Wednesday evening in preparation for Saturday night's home contest against No. 18 Oklahoma State. Below is a brief transcript of head coach Rich Rodriguez's comments following practice.
"He is a good kid that works hard. He is a tough guy who is very coachable and as far as walk-ons go - he epitomizes what you hope to see - a guy that comes out and tries to prove himself every day. I am very proud of him."
On keeping the defense off the field longer:
"If you slow the tempo down it helps a little bit, but then you hurt yourself because you don't score points and you have less of a chance to win the game. I've said numerous times that we have to get to the point where we are playing 45-50 guys every game on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately we aren't there right now and that hurts some of the things we want to do, but we have to be who we are and our guys have to be in great shape. Oklahoma State plays the kind of offense where sometimes you have to play a lot of plays like that, but we just have to fight through it and get more guys ready."
On preparing for Oklahoma State:
"We have a ranked team coming in here scoring all kinds of points. I want to see our guys compete against an even tougher competitor. I think our guys will compete and we are going to have the type of season where every play is going to be a challenge, but that's alright - there are a lot of teams that will go through that. Every challenge also brings opportunity."
On comparing Matt Scott to other quarterbacks Coach Rodriguez has coached:
"I think there are differences in every quarterback, but I've always said we would like a quarterback that is like a point guard that can shoot the three - sometimes he keeps it and sometimes he distributes it. Some guys shoot the three better than others and some guys drive it to the basket more and Matt is a guy that distributes it real well. He can run but he can throw the football and he has as good of an arm as any quarterback I've ever had. So he has a great strength in that. I would love to have him for more than one year, because I think we could do even more with him, but this is it for him with us so we are trying to crash course him into as much offense as we can with him."
The Wildcats will host No. 18 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. inside Arizona Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Tickets are available at the McKale Center Ticket office, by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com or by calling 520-621-2287 or 1-800-452-CATS.
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