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Wildcats Begin Final Preparations for BYU
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/30/2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- With kickoff just around the corner, the Arizona football team enters its final days of preparation for the Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday, while tickets for the game continue to dwindle.

 

The Wildcats have spent the last two weeks focusing on the season opener, spending hours in team meetings, breaking down film and running against scout teams simulating BYU’s schemes in practice.

 

Now all that is left is the start of the 2006 season. As sophomore quarterback Willie Tuitama puts it, “It’s game time already.”

 

Game time is this Saturday at 7:15 p.m., and the season-opener is shaping up as a sure sell-out. Arizona officials report that only 1,500 tickets remain for the game, and those could very well be sold out by game day. Student ?'Zona Zoo’ passes continue to sell, even though more passes have been sold than the 10,000 available seats in the lower east-side section.

 

Arizona fans are not the only ones excited for game to arrive, however. For the players, game day cannot get here soon enough.

 

“I’m speechless right now,” middle linebacker Ronnie Palmer said about ?'game week’. “It has been such a long wait. We’re going to have a great time out there. We can finally play instead of just listening to all the talk.”

 

Palmer and the rest of the Wildcats have been preparing long and hard for the Cougars.

 

“Practice has been going real good,” Palmer added. “We are just going day-by-day. We are getting good reads from the scout team. Everyone is on the same page and playing as a unit.”

 

Defensive teammate Lionel Dotson had similar thoughts on how practices have gone this week.

 

“This year, practices have been a lot of fun,” said the 6-4 defensive tackle. “We are juiced up for BYU. We have been putting a lot of hard work into the game. We keep stressing our fundamentals and technique.”

 

The players are particularly looking forward to the support of the fans on Saturday night and are expecting the stadium to be full.

 

“Our stadium can get pretty loud,” Dotson mentioned with a smile. “We are looking forward to it. Running out onto the field with the stadium full and everyone yelling is great. I’m really looking forward to it.”

 

All of the excitement for the 2006 season kicks off this Saturday. It marks the first of seven home games this season for the Wildcats, including four in the month of September. Arizona hopes the early season home games jump start a winning season.

 

“One of our goals is to go undefeated at home,” Tuitama commented. “That starts on Saturday.”

 

Tickets can be ordered online on this web site, or by telephone (520-621-2287 or 800-452-2287).

 

2006 Home Schedule

 

Sept 2.              BYU                             7:15 p.m.

Sept. 16            Stephen F. Austin          7 p.m.

Sept. 23            USC                             5 p.m.

Sept. 30            Washington                   7 p.m.

Oct. 21             Oregon State                 4 p.m.

Nov. 11             California                       4 p.m.

Nov. 25             Arizona State                4 p.m.

 

*Times subject to change

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