Aug. 28, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona football team inched closer to Saturday’s season opener with a two-hour practice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Below is a brief transcript of head coach Rich Rodriguez’s comments following practice.
On how much the intensity has turned up during game week:
“I would hope that there is a more of a sense of urgency. I would like to think the intensity is the same all the time and the excitement is up, but I think the sense of urgency should be heightened this week. Today was okay – it wasn’t a great practice, but I would think as the week goes along, there should be a heightened sense of that.”
On the “hard edge” idea:
“That was a point I brought up to them again. It’s going to be the background and environment of our program as far as guys understanding we play as hard as we possibly can and overcome any kind of adversity whether it’s the first quarter, fourth quarter, home, away, ahead or behind. We are going to play with the same level of intensity and same level of physicalness. It sometimes takes a while to develop that environment in your program, but it carries over in the weight room, it carries over in the academic arena and frankly, we have to get better at that.”
On if the “hard edge” is more than just toughness:
“Sometimes when you talk about toughness and nastiness, people just think about big hits, but it’s a lot about toughness both mental and physical. We have to pride our program on that and probably some of the greatest teams here and greatest players here have had that ‘hard edge’. You talk about Chuck Cecil, Tedy Bruschi and Ricky Hundley – those guys probably exuded that better than anybody in college football at the time. So that’s what we have to develop, recruit to and think about every day.”
On freshman Cayman Bundage:
“The biggest thing Cayman Bundage has going is the ‘hard edge’. He may have it better than any lineman we have and he is a true freshman. He is not a real tall guy so he has a natural good leverage base. Cayman loves to play and loves being physical. He will play as a true freshman and I’m pretty excited about his future.”
The Wildcats will take to Arizona Stadium on Saturday as they host Toledo. The 7:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. Football tickets are available at the McKale Center Ticket office, by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com or by calling 520-621-2287 or 1-800-452-CATS.
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