TUCSON ?- The University of Arizona football team completed its second practice of fall camp Friday afternoon, escaping monsoon showers that approached at the conclusion of practice.
Head coach Mike Stoops was very pleased with the effort of his players, particularly the offense.
“Our execution on both sides of the ball was much better today,” said the second-year head coach. “Offensively we had better mechanics at the line. We threw the ball much better today.”
Sophomore quarterback Richard Kovalcheck appeared much more comfortable in his second day of action after missing all of spring practice with a back injury.
“Rich is our quarterback. He just has to do what is expected and go out and produce. He missed all of spring so he may actually be a bit behind. But he has all the tools. He was much better out there today.”
Stoops was also pleased with the work of the defensive line, including senior defensive end Marcus Smith.
“Marcus has great tools. Our whole front four are much more forceful.”
The coaches attribute much of the team’s early improvement to the work the players put in during the off-season. Stoops mentioned the improved team depth in comparison to previous years.
“This is the first time since we have been here that there is competition at virtually every position. There is no comparison [to previous years]. We are light years ahead of where we were this time a year ago. It’s all because of the training program we have. We are a totally different team than we were a year ago.”
The team will host media day tomorrow morning starting at 10am. The Wildcats will return to the practice field at the Rincon Vista Complex tomorrow evening at 6pm.