TUCSON--The University of Arizona opened its fall football camp with a no-nonsense, swift-paced practice Thursday that exhibited a businesslike demeanor for head coach Mike Stoops and staff in the second year on the job.
"Defensively, I like what we're doing. We look a lot more comfortable out there. On offense, there were stilll a lot of little things" hampering the flow, Stoops said.
"False starts, mental mistakes, those kinds of things can wreck a day. But we got a lot in, and we're asking a lot of the guys. You'll have some mistakes -- it was the first day," Stoops said.
The three quarterbacks, sophomore Richard Kovalcheck, junior Adam Austin and freshman Willie Tuitama each had moments, Stoops said. "Richard is rusty, and maybe pressing a bit. You can tell the reps in spring ball really helped Adam. Willie has to get comfortable with the speed and the way things happen," he said.
"Overall, I saw a lot of good things. Guys moving around. Some explosiveness," he said.
Senior strong safety Lamong Means was limited to sideline conditioning in some parts of practice by a sore hamstring. "We're taking it easy with Lamon. He'll be okay," Stoops said.
The two-hour practice was the first of several once-a-day sessions the Cats will hold until next Wednesday when twice-daily sessions will begin. The Cats will practice again at 2:15 p.m. Friday, with Saturday's practice likely to be in the mid afternoon as well, Stoops said.