Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Begin Preparations For Oregon State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 25, 2012
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Sept. 25, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team completed a two-hour practice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium on Tuesday evening in preparation for Saturday night's home contest against No. 18 Oregon State. Below is a brief transcript of head coach Rich Rodriguez's comments following practice.

On wide receiver David Richards:

"He has been playing pretty well. He is a smart guy that knows both outside receiver positions. He has been taking a lot of reps and he has had a few good games so far. It depends on how healthy everyone gets, but we consider him to be part of the regular rotation."

On Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley's system:

"We don't know a whole lot other than what we've learned this week and the summer scouting reports we did on him. I've known Mike for a long time, but we haven't spent a lot of time talking about X's and O's. He makes adjustments to his players and he has been very successful for a long time in a lot of different leagues."

On the defensive line play in Saturday's game at Oregon:

"There were moments were they did ok. We talked a lot last week about eye recognition and seeing some of the looks they were giving. I thought they were pretty well focused and tuned in. They recognized certain things Oregon was doing offensively. There are a lot of ways we can get better, but for the most part they were pretty disciplined."

On the play Tra'Mayne Bondurant:

"When I got here and talking with the previous staff plus watching some of the film, he was a guy that just had a feel for the game. There are some guys that just recognize things quick and he is a guy that just recognizes stuff really quick."

On Oregon State's pro-style offense:

"It is a little bit different of a formation than we've seen all season. We have pretty much seen a similar style all camp and all four weeks of the season. Now, we are going to get a bigger look and bigger bodies, so we are going to have to adjust to that."

The Wildcats return to Arizona Stadium on Sat., Sept. 29 to host No. 18 Oregon State. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT and will air on Pac-12 Networks. Tickets are available at the McKale Center Ticket office, by visiting or by calling 520-621-2287 or 1-800-452-CATS.

Special for the Oregon State game, Family Packs are also available and each ticket includes a voucher for a hot dog, soda and either bag of peanuts or box of popcorn. Seats are in the family sections (F) and are only available online at while supplies last.

Saturday's game also marks the American Football Coaches' Association's (AFCA) fifth annual Coach to Cure MD effort. More than 100 FBS schools, including the Arizona and Oregon State coaching staffs, will be wearing Coach to Cure MD patches to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. For more information, visit

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