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Arizona Football Holds Spring Game
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 28, 2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona Football team closed their 2005 spring camp Saturday with a scrimmage in front of an estimated 11,800 fans at Arizona Stadium. The Wildcat offense and defense units went head-to-head in a one-hour and 45-minute battle.


Second-year Head Coach Mike Stoops was pleased with the successful end to spring camp, “We are becoming more physical at the point of attack,” Stoops said. “I thought our kids competed well against each other throughout the spring.”  


On the offensive side, junior quarterback Adam Austin was 27 of 50 for 370 yards and four interceptions during the game. Austin hit red shirt freshman wide receiver Gerold Rodriguez for two touchdowns late in the contest on Saturday. One of touchdown passes was off a tipped ball to the wide-open Rodriguez who scurried into the end zone for the score.


“Adam got a lot of great work this spring. I know he will go back and look at some film this summer and work on things to help him get better. I thought our quarterbacks all got better this spring,” Stoops said.


Rodriguez led the receiving core on Saturday with three catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Syndric Steptoe finished the outing with 4 catches for 57 yards. Two-sport star freshman Bobby McCoy had two receptions for 54 yards. Junior Ryan Eidson finished the day with three catches for 32 yards, while sophomore Anthony Johnson had three receptions for 24 yards.  


The Arizona running backs continued to attack the defense, tallying up 148 yards of offense. Senior Mike Bell rushed for 106 yards in nine carries. A highlight of the scrimmage for Bell was his 50-yard sprint down the field, setting the offense up for a touchdown. Sophomore Chris Henry continued to gain yards against the defense. In 15 carries Henry had 21 yards and a touchdown.


On the defensive side, the Wildcats grabbed four interceptions, two sacks and broke up six pass plays.


Red shirt freshman Ronnie Palmer led the defense with nine tackles. Sophomore cornerback Antoine Cason had seven tackles, and Andrew Ford stopped the offense six times. Senior strong safety Lamon Means, senior linebacker Randy Sims, red shirt freshman Brandon Lopez and junior Dane Krogstad all had five tackles on the day.


In addition to Randy Sims five tackles he also had an interception during the game. Lamon Means had a 20-yard interception return, and Dominic Patrick also returned an interception for 27-yards. Sophomore Jason Parker and junior John McKinney both had one sack each.


Junior placekicker Nick Folk converted on two field goal attempts, from 27 yards and 47 yards. Folk also hit all three point-after attempts. Redshirt freshman Jason Bondizo missed his lone 33-yard attempt on Saturday.


Stoops and the staff seemed pleased overall with the progress of the Wildcats during the 15 spring practices, “Now it is time for the summer conditioning to help us prepare for a tough season.”


2005 Spring Game Statistics:

Adam Austin 27-50-4-370.

Mike Bell 9-106; Chris Henry 15-21, 1 TD; Nate Shirley 3-10; Paul Nichols 4-8; Ryan Shirley 4-3, Bobby McCoy 1-(-1).   

Gerold Rodriguez 3-63, 2 TD; Syndric Steptoe 4-57; Bobby McCoy 2-54; Ryan Eidson 3-32; Mike Jefferson 2-30; Anthony Johnson 3-24; Brandyn McCall 1-17; Travis Bell 3-17; Mike Bell 2-14; Paul Nichols 1-5; Chris Henry 1-2.

Nicholas Folk (2-2) 27, 47
Jason Bondzio (0-1) 33

Ronnie Palmer - 9; Antoine Cason - 7; Andrew Ford - 6; Lamon Means - 5; Randy Sims - 5; Brandon Lopez - 5; Dane Krogstad - 5; Dramayne McElroy - 4; Dominic Patrick - 4; Akin Akinniyi - 4; Yaniv Barnett - 4; Jason Parker - 3; Michael Beach - 3; Marcus Hollingsworth - 2; Lawrence Ball - 2; Wilrey Fontenot - 2; Lionel Dotson - 2; John Markovich - 1; John McKinney - 1; Bryon Smith ?- 1; Greg Tate ?- 1; Brandyn McCall ?-1; Chris Henry ?-1.

SACKS (2):
John McKinney - 1; Jason Parker ?- 1.

TFL (16):
Yaniv Barnett - 2; Bryon Smith ?- 2; Akin Akinniyi ?-2; Ronnie Palmer ?- 2; Jason Parker ?- 1; Dane Krogstad ?- 1; John McKinney ?- 1; Antoine Cason ?- 1; Lamon Means ?- 1; Greg Tate ?- 1; Andrew Ford ?- 1; Wilrey Fontenot ?- 1.

PBU (6):
Michael Beach - 2; Dominic Patrick ?- 1; Ronnie Palmer ?- 1; Antoine Cason ?- 1; Dramayne McElroy ?- 1; Akin Akinniyi ?- 1.

INT (4): Randy Sims ?- 1; Lamon Means ?- 1; Antoine Cason ?-1; Dominic Patrick ?-1.  

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