Aug. 23, 2008
TUCSON – Nearly 1,500 fans attended Meet the Team festivities Saturday morning at Arizona Stadium. Fans of all ages watched as the Wildcats worked on special teams and some offense vs. defense situational plays before an open autograph session where fans got autographs from their favorite players and coaches.
“Usually we will not do much the Saturday before the opening game,” Head Coach Mike Stoops said after the hour and fifteen minute practice. “But with the fans coming out to watch, we wanted to do some work.”
With Fall Camp wrapped up and the first game only a week away, Stoops is pleased with the progress his team has made thus far.
“Overall, I’m pleased with the progress,” Stoops said. “We are a much stronger team from one to 95 than we have been in the past.”
With the majority of the practice focusing on special teams, the Wildcats managed to have a couple sessions of offense against defense.
During seven-on-seven, senior Willie Tuitama completed nine-of-12 pass attempts for 63 yards. Tuitama hooked up with favorite target senior Mike Thomas four times for 26 yards. Of the nine completions, Tuitama connected with five different receivers including redshirt sophomore A.J. Simmons, who had two receptions for 13 yards.
The brief 11-on-11 period allowed the offense to work on its two minute offense. Tuitama competed six of 13 pass attempts for 57 yards. Junior Terrell Turner led all receivers with two catches for 20 yards, but was unable to mount a scoring drive.
- After practice, Head Coach Mike Stoops notified the team that seniors Willie Tuitama, Mike Thomas, Nate Ness and Ronnie Palmer, along with junior Eben Britton were voted team captians by their teammates.
- Sophomore tight end Rob Gronkowski did not practice today because of strep throat, according to Stoops. Gronkowski will also undergo tests to check for the possibility of mononucleosis. Stoops did not give a timetable for Gronkowski’s return, but added “we will know more as the week goes on.”