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Spring Football Practice Report - Day Two
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 31, 2005
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                TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona Football team continued spring drills with a two-hour practice session on Wednesday. The session was the second of 15 spring days allowed by the NCAA. The Wildcats held their first spring practice Monday.


            “It’s different this year. The speed that out players are able to do things at, the confidence level, they are understanding the concepts a lot better. Understanding the strengths and weakness of the different defenses,” second-year head coach Mike Stoops said.


We feel like we have a much better plan. And our kids have made huge strides with their physical capabilities and I think you will notice a different speed we are playing the game at. Things are going very well.”


            The team went through the standard drills including special teams, 7-on-7, 11-on-11 and individuals.


Wide receiver B.J. Vickers, tackle Bryon Smith and linebacker Spencer Larsen continued to impress Stoops during the second practice, “Byron Smith has really stood out. He’s your prototypical defensive lineman. He is everything we thought he would be. Spencer Larsen is playing exceptionally well,” Stoops commented.


Vicker, whose father played for the Wildcats in the late eighties, has caught Stoops’ eye early on this spring with his physical style, “[I want to always] bring a hundred [percent] a game. A touchdown would be good, but I will take hard work first,” Vickers told the media Wednesday.


Adam Austin continued to take the majority of the offensive snaps at quarterback in place of injured starter Richard Kovalcheck. Austin is gaining more confidence in the position as his snaps have increased, according to coaches.


Arizona will return to the practice field on Friday before holding the first of three scrimmages of the spring on Saturday. The Saturday scrimmages, which begin at 9:15 a.m., are open. The weekday practices remain closed to the general public. The annual spring game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium on April 23.



Stoops mentioned to the media Wednesday that linebacker Spencer Larsen had injured his knee during the practice.... Arizona Swimming and Diving Head Coach Frank Busch attended practice Wednesday. Earlier in the week Busch was named the 2005 NCAA Coach of the Year in swimming and diving... Arizona softball Head Coach Mike Candrea attended Monday’s first spring practice session... Also in attendance on Wednesday was former UA quarterback Jason Johnson... Stoops said Saturday’s practice would include 20-30 plays. The open scrimmage will be held on the Jiminez Practice Facility field...
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