TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona football team completed its 12th practice of fall camp Monday morning at the Rincon Vista complex, the first of two practices scheduled for the day.
After running through nearly 100 plays in Saturday’s scrimmage, the Wildcats returned to their typical practice schedule. The players wore full pads and continued to work on their basic individual drills, special teams, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations.
During the 7-on-7 passing segment, sophomore quarterback Richard Kovalcheck completed four of seven passes. Junior Adam Austin was six out of seven passing, including three completions to tight end Ryan Kilpatrick. Freshman Willie Tuitama completed all four of his pass attempts.
The Wildcats worked on their kick-off coverage team during the special teams period. Junior Nicholas Folk handled all of the live kicking duties.
The team then went through an hour-long team segment emphasizing both passing and rushing plays.
The Wildcats will practice again at the Rincon Vista complex this evening at 6:00 p.m. As with all fall camp practices, times and locations are subject to change due to weather or field conditions.
Evening Practice Notes and Quotes:
The Wildcats returned to the practice field Monday evening to complete their 13th practice of fall camp ... The team again worked through their basic individual drills, special teams, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations ... Kovalcheck (5-7), Austin (6-8) and Tuitama (2-3) were solid during the 7-on-7 passing segment ... Mike Bell returned to full speed action and participated in both the morning and evening workouts ... B.J. Dennard moved back to the offensive side of the ball on Monday while working out with the receivers ... The coaching staff would like to see more improvement in the run game after what they saw during the scrimmage on Saturday. “We have three tremendous running backs that can run the ball effectively,” said head coach Mike Stoops. “We need to do a better job of blocking to utilize their ability.” ... Defensive coordinator Mark Stoops has been impressed with the improvement of the defensive line this season. “The defensive ends are playing much better,” he said. “They are working extra hard and getting better. They are more explosive and better rushers than a year ago.” ... Yaniv Barnett is one of the interior lineman that has stood out to the coaches. “Yaniv is doing a good job for us,” said Mark Stoops. “We needed him to step up and he has.” ... The defensive coordinator also had high praise for senior safety Darrell Brooks. “Darrell can play in any secondary that I have ever coached,” he said comparing him to some of the players he coached at Miami before coming to Arizona.