Aug. 19, 2009
TUCSON--Arizona football coach Mike Stoops put the Wildcats through a private scrimmage in Arizona Stadium Wednesday morning, looking for more consistency from the offense and continued inspired play by the Cats' swift defensive unit.
The 90-minute, 75-play session showed some of the winnowing process taking place this week as coaches concentrate on front-line players more and more in the final practices before UA begins its regular-season practice schedule with the start of classes Monday.
The scrimmage featured mostly first- and second-unit players until the final 20 minutes, although one position clearly went three deep. Sophomore quarterbacks Matt Scott, Nick Foles and Bryson Beirne all had their chances.
The Cats will practice twice Thursday and have single sessions slated Friday through Sunday. Monday will be a day off from the practice field due to the start of fall academic coursework and the annual athletic department student barbeque.
UA opens the season Sept. 5 at home against Central Michigan, a talented Mid-American Conference squad shooting for a fourth consecutive bowl season.
NOTES... Stoops said at mid week that decisions about true freshmen and newcomer transfers' playing prospects would likely be determined by week's end. Young skill-position players frequently can help populate special teams... Former quarterback Willie Tuitama, the school record holder in nearly all passing categories, and guard Joe Longacre were on hand for the Wednesday scrimmage... Subscribers to Sirius XM satellite radio will be able to pick up all of Arizona's broadcats this year... The CMU game marks the debut of AWSN, the Arizona Wildcats Sports Network television package. More to come on that later...