TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona Head Coach Mike Stoops and staff passed the half way point in spring ball on Wednesday with their ninth spring session.
The team started at Jimenez Practice Facility where it went through standard drills including special teams and individuals, before moving to Arizona Stadium where the team worked on 7-on-7 and 'team' or 11-on-11.
“We are keeping healthy and improving,” second-year Head Coach Mike Stoops said. “I am very happy with how the offense is coming along. I really like how well the receivers and the quarterback are interacting.”
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Arizona will return to the practice field Friday, before holding the third scrimmage of the spring on Saturday. The Saturday scrimmage begins at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
Arizona will wrap spring drills up next week with three practices before the Spring Game on April 23 at 1:30 p.m. in Arizona Stadium.
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