Aug. 3, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - After completing its initial fall workout on Thursday, the Arizona football team returned to the practice fields on Friday evening for a two-hour practice in shorts and helmets at Kendall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The Wildcats will enter their next stage of preparation Saturday by progressing to shoulder pads before putting on full gear at the end of next week. The team will head to Fort Huachuca for the start of two-a-days next Wednesday.
"I'm really looking forward to going to Fort Huachuca, because we can try and create a camp type setting here, but it is much easier when we are away from campus," head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "So those four or five days there will be pretty valuable."
The team opened practice by splitting up into offensive and defensive groups with basic fundamental drills followed by special teams work. After the special teams work, the team went through the skeleton drill while the offensive and defensive lines took part in group drills. The practice concluded with 11-on-11 team drills.
"I think it all starts with our senior class and I really like that group so far," Rodriguez said when asked about team chemistry. "I think they're hungry, they've bought in and they've done a really good job of leadership. I like the chemistry and I think when you go through things like they've gone through like a coaching transition, it really bonds them."
The Wildcats will take to Arizona Stadium on Sat., Sept. 1 to host Toledo. The 7:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Football tickets are available at the McKale Center Ticket office, by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com or by calling 520-621-2287 or 1-800-452-CATS.