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.
“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.
“One of our goals is to go undefeated at home,” Tuitama commented. “That starts on Saturday.”
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2006 Home Schedule
Sept 2. BYU 7:15 p.m.
Sept. 16 Stephen F. Austin 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 USC 5 p.m.
*Times subject to change