Aug. 14, 2010
Ricky Elmore played an unfamiliar role on Saturday morning. Instead of chasing down quarterbacks, he was the one running for his life.
The Wildcats did not practice on Saturday morning, but they added a new item to their Army itinerary for the annual trip to this post: the military working dogs demonstration. Elmore and classmate Nic Grigsby were two players that tried to out-run a Belgian Malinois while wearing a protective suit.
Staff Sergeant Shaun Crouse brought Knuppel, a Belgian Malinois, out to the practice field to showcase the canine's skills in tracking down bad guys. The dogs are invaluable to soldiers serving around the world not only for attacking purposes, but also to sniff out drugs and explosives, particularly improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But today, Knuppel was called on to blitz the Wildcats at will. Grigsby, a running back, was only able to escape Knuppel for about 50 yards, and that was with a 20-yard head start. Surprisingly, Elmore, a defensive end, was more successful.
Elmore took off on a dead sprint down the sideline, but even with full effort saw Knuppel close in quickly. However, unlike Grigsby, Elmore put a stop-and-go move on Knuppel, who mistimed his jump and came crashing down to the ground. Elmore was able to escape another 30 yards before Knuppel was able to catch up and sack UA's sack leader from a year ago.
Last to test out his speed was Director of Performance Enhancement Corey Edmond, who like Grigsby, could not capitalize on the head start.
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The morning off from practice was welcomed by the Wildcats, who did attend position meetings. They will head to Buena High School in Sierra Vista this evening for a public scrimmage that will begin at 5 p.m.
Foles Names to Manning Award Watch List
The 33rd and final player To Be Named to the Manning Award Preseason Watch List is Arizona junior quarterback Nick Foles. Last year, in his first season as a starter, Foles threw for 2,486 yards and 19 touchdowns while leading the Wildcats to the Las Vegas Bowl. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, is releasing the Watch List one player per day through its official Facebook and Twitter pages. The award has honored the top quarterback in the nation for the past six years.