Oct. 11, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team completed practice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium on Thursday morning. The Wildcats have a bye week before hosting Washington. Below is a brief transcript of head coach Rich Rodriguez's comments following practice.
On if the defensive scheme gets easier going forward:
"You still have a couple teams that are considered pro-style and a couple teams that are spread. It is harder now than ever to be a defensive coach and a defensive player just because week to week the challenges you get. The biggest issue we have is not so much facing the variety of schemes but it's our lack of depth. Normally when we do that, you can change up personnel and try to match it up, but we just don't have that luxury. So we are having to play the same guys regardless of the scheme. Last week we played a big, physical team and there were downs we knew it was pretty heavy run, but we don't have the luxury to put in our big linebackers, our big safeties or our big down guys. That's the thing we will have to build through recruiting."
On the potential for expanded roles with the freshmen:
"Some of those guys will probably play more but the thing you have to remember is that even though the season goes on, you are still not working with them five or six hours a day. You get a couple of hours a day with them and you try to correct what they don't understand from before. It's not like they get a whole lot of experience as the season goes along. Spring ball and August camp is when they really learn. We will probably have to play them more just because of injuries and where we are at but you just don't want to play guys before their time is really there. We are half having to do that and hopefully it's the only year we have to do that."
"They are both competing for that job. We are trying to get some production there. Sir Thomas has been pretty productive and Hank is a pretty solid player. Our hope is out of both of those guys we can get some solid play out of that position."
On the role of the backup running backs:
"We kind of consider Daniel Jenkins a co-starter in a lot of ways. Ka'Deem Carey has played really well so he is getting the bulk of the carries. We certainly have a lot of confidence in DJ and Kylan Butler is behind him - we know we can put him in there too. We are trying to get Jared Baker up and he is getting some reps too. Ka'Deem is clearly our best guy and he has been playing really well. He is in good enough shape for what we are doing to be able to handle it, but we have no reservations particularly with DJ to put him in there just like we did in the last game."
The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, October 20 when they host Washington at 7 p.m. inside Arizona Stadium. The will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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