Aug. 15, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team kicked off the final week of its preseason training camp with the first of two practices scheduled on a hot and humid day at the Rincon Vista Complex.
The Wildcats concluded their stay at Fort Huachuca with team-building exercises at the Leadership Reaction Courses on Sunday morning, before returning to Tucson in the afternoon. It provided a day off from football specific activities on the field, but the rest was short-lived as the team quickly got back in the swing of things with another two-a-day practice today.
Players donned full pads this morning in a two-hour workout that was filled with the daily routine of individual, group and team drills. This evening, players will practice in just helmets and shoulder pads.
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Two-a-day practices are demanding on all involved - coaches, players and staff. But they serve a necessary purpose of getting the maximum work in before the start of the season, which is now less than three weeks away.
"These guys are like race horses," Head Coach Mike Stoopssaid of his players. "We need to get these guys to the gate and ready to play. We still have a lot of work to do before we are game-ready."
Those in the most need of the practice and teaching that camp provides are the newcomers, notably freshmen. Coaches have raved about the talent of many freshmen players who will have a chance to earn playing time. Stoops said after Monday morning's practice that all still have a chance to earn playing time, except for some of the incoming linemen who need more time develop strength and experience for the college game.
"I think we'll have a good number of freshmen play for us," Stoops said. "We'd like to redshirt as many of those guys as possible, but not sure how many we will be able to. We've got some good players who can help us right away."
The Wildcats are scheduled to practice again this evening at 6 p.m., followed by a single practice session tomorrow morning. Another two-a-day is set for Wednesday, with likely single practices on Thursday and Friday before the annual "Meet the Team Night" scrimmage in Arizona Stadium at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The 2011 season will begin on Saturday, Sept. 3, against Northern Arizona. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kick off at Arizona Stadium. Season tickets, flex packs and single game tickets are available through the McKale Ticket Office (520-621-2287) or online at www.arizonawildcats.com.
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