Aug. 15, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – After having last night’s session cut short due to thunderstorms, the Arizona football team returned to practice in full pads on Wednesday night at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The Wildcats finished preparations for Thursday's final two-a-day and continued progress toward Saturday's second intra-squad scrimmage of camp.
“I didn’t think we had really good intensity at the beginning – the intensity got better at the end, but I think we came out like a typical grind -- trying to just get through practice instead of making ourselves better,” head coach Rich Rodriguez said. “Most of the practices have not been like that – it’s been pretty intense from the start. We have some drills to get them more intense early like the board drill, so next time we go in pads we will have to do boards early just to get the intensity and competitiveness fired up from the get go.”
After going through traditional individual drills at the beginning of the session, UA dedicated plenty of time to special teams. The field goal units opened the special teams session before the punt team took some reps.
Following more individual drills and a 10-minute skeleton session, the special teams received additional work with the kickoff unit. The last half of practice consisted of a team-on-team segment.
“This group has been pretty receptive from the start, which has been really pleasing,” Rodriguez added when talking about how the team has responded to coaching. “I think we have made some progress and this team has been very fun to coach, because I do think they are pretty hungry.”
The Wildcats will return to a single-practice schedule Friday after Thursday's twin sessions before playing its last scrimmage of camp Saturday afternoon.
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