Sept. 26, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona football team completed practice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium on Wednesday 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 the play of the safeties:
“I think it has been really good. I think it has probably been the most productive part of our defense. We knew the way our defense is geared that the safeties were going to make a lot of tackles. Jared Tevis has been outstanding, Tra'Mayne Bondurant has been good in every game and Jourdon Grandon has been solid too. Tevis probably could have been our player of the week in every week so far.”
On this practice this week:
“I thought we had better practices this week. It’s warm and all that but we pushed through it. I think our guys knew we didn’t have a good practice on Tuesday. Last Wednesday was better, but this week has been a little more consistent in the way we should practice.”
On Oregon State’s defense:
“They have good speed. Their corners and their guys run really well. Their front runs really well too and I think that’s why they have had so much success, because they get a lot of guys to the ball. We just have to execute in all phases. There were moments last week where no part of our offense could do what they normally do.”
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 ArizonaWildcats.com 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 ArizonaWildcats.com 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 www.CoachtoCureMD.org.
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