Aug. 6, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - The second day of the Arizona football team's 2010 Fall Camp featured a variety of big plays from the Wildcat offense and some early opportunities for a handful of talented freshmen players.
Working out for the second day in a row at the Rincon Vista Complex for a 6:15 a.m. practice, the Wildcats showed were crisper in there execution today, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Highlighting the action was a 70-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Travis Cobb during the 30-minute team period to close practice.
Also drawing the eyes of coaches and media members were several freshmen at various positions on the field. As Head Coach Mike Stoops made clear after practice, those players will have opportunities to prove themselves over the coming weeks in camp.
"I've been spending a lot of time with the young guys," Stoops told reporters after the two-hour workout. "I think it's good that we try to bring these guys along as quickly as we can. We are further ahead with the younger players than we ever have been."
Mike Stoops' Quick Take
Of note is 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety Marquis Flowers. The Phoenix, Ariz., native has seen reps with the first and second units on defense over the last couple of days, as have a few other highly talented youngsters.
"I think his potential is unlimited," Stoops said of Flowers. "I don't think there's anything he can't do on the football field. He's one of the most polished players I have seen at this stage. He's still got a long ways to go in learning his position on the field, but he'll definitely be a factor in our plan in some way."
Also in the plan will be a more definitive offensive scheme entering the season. Offensive coaches have a variety of talented players - young and old - to choose from at each position. That has created a comfortable feel through days of practice that has allowed coaches and players alike to concentrate on execution.
"I think we have more of an identity going into the season than we did a year ago," Stoops said of the offense. "We have the ability to spread the ball and the ability to run the ball down hill. Our guys understand that versatility."
Arizona will be back to work on Saturday with its third practice of camp, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. at the Rincon Vista Complex.
NOTES: Arizona received 65 points in the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll released on Friday. It checks in four teams short of cracking the Top 25 ... UA opponents Iowa (No. 10), Oregon (No. 11 ) and Oregon State (No. 22) are ranked in the Top 25 ... UA players and coaches will take their annual head shots for the Pac-10 television partners on Saturday after practice ... Players will work out in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) for the first time on Saturday.