Oct. 2, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona football team completed practice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium early Tuesday morning in preparation for Saturday’s game at No. 18 Stanford. Below is a brief transcript of head coach Rich Rodriguez’s comments following practice.
On the early practice:
“We did it for a couple of reasons but most importantly we have played all night games with afternoon practices so we have to get our guys adjusted to getting up a little earlier, getting to bed earlier, waking up and getting ready to play. We are trying to get our guys to learn to adapt and everyone was here, ready to go 15 minutes early. I don’t know if it’s going to make a huge difference, but I hope it makes a little difference.”
On Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes:
“I have just watched a couple games, but I thought he has been very impressive. He sat behind one of the best players in college football [Andrew Luck] and he learned quite a bit. It’s not like he is a true freshman. He has been around the program for a long time and he knows what they want to get done.”
On the versatility of the Arizona offensive line:
“It has to be, because a lot of guys have been banged up and we’ve had to move a lot of guys around. It’s not the ideal situation particularly up front, you would rather have seven or eight guys playing the same positions to get the chemistry better, but we’re not able to have that luxury at this time.”
On the physicality of the offensive line:
“We’re not nearly what we need to be. I think the guys have worked pretty hard, but there is a whole other level of strength we need to have up front. We have a couple guys that are really serious about the weight room, but there are a couple more that need to get more serious about the weight room.”
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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