TUCSON ?C The University of Arizona football team held a closed practice this morning at the Jimenez Practice Facility, where its regular season practices are held. The Wildcats will conclude their 2007 Fall Camp with an open scrimmage tomorrow night in Arizona Stadium, along with other activities on Meet-the-Team night.
Arizona wrapped up its fall practices at the Rincon Vista Complex last night, before moving back to campus this morning. It was one final tune-up before taking the field in front of the fans on Saturday, many of whom will be seeing this yearˇ?s version of the Wildcats for the first time.
Admission to Meet-the-Team night is free, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. From approximately 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., an open autograph session will be held. Itˇ?s a great time for parents and children to get autographs from their favorite Wildcats. In the south endzone, inflatable games for kids will be open, and marketing tables will be available where fans will be able to pick up a 2007 Arizona Football posters, schedule cards, schedule magnets and other assorted giveaway items.
The scrimmage will begin at 6:30 p.m., as the Wildcats put on display their new multiple spread offense implemented by first-year offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes. In previous fall scrimmages, the offense has shown it has the weapons to move the football and score points, doing so against a well-respected defense. That defense, led by 10 returning starters, still figures to be the staple of this new Arizona team, an identity widely accepted by Wildcat fans.
The Wildcats spent late Friday afternoon at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base delivering signed memorabilia to members of the Unites States Armed Forces. Like Wednesdayˇ?s movie night, it served as an opportunity to get away from football and truly appreciate the importance of doing things as a team.
Classes begin for the student-athletes on Monday, the same day that the team will enter its regular season practice schedule. That means all practices will be closed to the media and public, and focus can completely shift to game preparation for the first opponent of the season, Brigham Young.
The season opener is only two weeks away, with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. in Provo, Utah, on Saturday, September 1. Arizona defeated the Cougars 16-13 last year in Arizona Stadium on a 48-yard field goal in the waning moments of the game.
The Wildcats will open their home slate on Saturday, September 8, when they host intrastate rival Northern Arizona.
Individual game tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the McKale Center Ticket Office, over the phone at 621-CATS or online here at www.arizonaathletics.com. Season tickets and group tickets remain on sale as well.