Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Continue Preparations For Colorado
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 07, 2012
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Nov. 7, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. The Arizona football team completed practice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium on Wednesday evening in preparation for Saturday’s home game against Colorado. Below is a brief transcript of head coach Rich Rodriguez’s comments following practice.

On playing against another talented tight end:

“Another big guy and he looks like a really good athlete. I think he is probably one of their best players and could be a NFL guy. He can make plays in space too and I think that is something you really see in this league – you see a lot of big guys that can make plays in space.”

On B.J. Denker’s playing time up to this point:

“He has been in there a little bit when it mattered but mostly when the game has been out of hand. He has been taking all the same reps in practice that we run our offense with so hopefully that carries over to the games. In practice, the first two quarterbacks share equal reps and then we try and get a third quarterback some reps as well.”

On the mentality of a team like Colorado:

“I have been through some seasons like that at a lot of places I’ve been. I think you are just trying to get the guys focused and you have to give them credit because their guys are still playing hard and competing. They have played some really good teams the last couple of weeks but you just try to keep building for the future and you try to set a standard for how you want your teams to play not just in games but in practice.”

On if a team with a nothing to lose mentality is dangerous:

“I think every team is dangerous. I just told the team that we need to take the approach that every team is dangerous and that we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Certainly in some games we have but in other games like last weekend we didn’t play to our standard, so we have to get that fixed.”

On if the team will practice early tomorrow:

“We are going to go early for a couple reasons. I think it helps to have 48 hours between our Thursday practice and the Saturday game and just having their bodies getting used to waking up early. Hopefully that will help for the early kickoff because we have had 12:30 games but we haven’t had an 11:30 game.”

The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 10 when they host Colorado for Homecoming at 11:30 a.m. inside Arizona Stadium. The contest will air live on FX.  

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