Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Fall Camp: Cats Playing With More Consistency
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 11, 2005
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TUCSON?-The Arizona football team completed its sixth practice of fall camp Wednesday at the Pima Community College East Campus. It was the second consecutive day the Wildcats moved camp from the Rincon Vista complex where the practice fields continue to dry out from heavy rains earlier in the week.

“I feel good right now,” head coach Mike Stoops told the media following practice. “I like where we’re at. We’ve still got a lot of time to do things. We just have to continue to get better at what we do.”

The team once again went through basic individual drills, special teams, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations. The players wore full pads for the second day in a row, but the coaching staff continues to keep all contact to the upper body.

During 7-on-7 drills sophomore quarterback Richard Kovalcheck completed five of seven pass attempts, including two completions to freshman wide receiver Michael Thomas. Junior Adam Austin completed three of his nine throws, while freshman Willie Tuitama missed on his only pass attempt.

The team then went through a lengthy team segment that featured rushing and passing plays. Senior safety Darrell Brooks intercepted a Richard Kovalcheck pass, and cornerback Wilrey Fontenot broke up two passes.

“We’re playing more consistently on defense,” Stoops said.

The Wildcats will hold their first two-a-day practice of fall camp on Thursday. The team will hold a morning session scheduled to begin at 7:45 a.m. The team will return the to practice field for an evening session at 6:00 p.m. Both practices are set to be held at the Rincon Vista complex. As with all fall camp practices, times and locations are subject to change due to weather and field conditions.

Notes: Today’s practice was originally scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Rincon Vista complex. All six practices have been adjusted from their originally scheduled time or location, but weather has not caused a cancellation of any practice this fall ... Senior running back Mike Bell (ankle) and senior offensive tackle Tanner Bell (mild concussion) were held out of drills according to Stoops ... Many of the players brought a pair turf shoes out to practice to compare them with their regular cleats on the artificial surface at the Pima College East Campus. “This [turf] is more sticky and has more friction than we’re used to,” Stoops said. “I think it really helps our kickers get a feel for it.” ... Sophomore two-way player B.J. Dennard donned his blue No. 4 jersey for the first time in camp as he worked out at cornerback ... When asked if he was ready for two-a-days to start Stoops remarked, “No, not really. I don’t know if anyone likes two-a-days.” ... Junior college transfer Michael Johnson broke up a pass during team drills and has impressed the coaching staff early in camp. “He is playing really well,” Stoops said. “He can play a lot of different positions for us.” ... With the top two tight ends from last year’s squad gone, the coaches have been pleased with the work of this year’s candidates. “They are very multi-dimensional,” Stoops commented. “We will use them by committee. Brad Wood has done a lot of good things for us. I have been pleased with what Ryan Kilpatrick has done.” ... Former Wildcat Barrett Baker was on hand to watch practice. Baker, who lettered in 1998, spoke with Coach Stoops during a water break.
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