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Arizona Football Camp Notes...
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/19/2002
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Aug. 19, 2002

TUCSON - Fall Training Camp Notes...

..."We're not going to have everything unit-wise completed until the end of this week," Arizona head coach John Mackovic told the media after practice today, but he noted that drills and session work are getting more specific and coaches are beginning to narrowing down their units with an eye toward determining the top 60 players for game week. UA opens the season Aug. 31 against Northern Arizona and will begin game-week preparations next Monday...

...The team practices Monday night, once Tuesday evening, and twice Wednesday and Thursday to complete two-a-day drills. The Wildcats will scrimmage (closed to the public) Thursday night in Arizona Stadium and also do some situational work with full lines Tuesday afternoon...

...Mackovic said considerable game-awareness work has been a focus of late -- substitutions, on-field signal calling for different sets and personnel, tuning different units used for specific situations, getting on and off the field, and the 25-second clock, among others. All such game management drills have become a regular part of each practice...

...The head coach said readying a depth chart hasn't been a priority. "We're very fluid at a number of positions. Of course there are some stalwarts -- Lance Briggs, Jason Johnson, Michael Jolivette types -- but we're still rotating a lot. We'll play and practice that way this year," he said...

...Freshman scholarship linebacker Marlon Brisco did not meet admission standards and will attend another institution, Mackovic said. Another player, non-scholarship defensive back Adam Moro, has quit the team...

...Freshman wide receiver Mike Jefferson and sophomore quarterback Matt Belshe will undergo knee surgery Tuesday and are expected to be out indefinitely, depending on the results of the procedures...

...The defense and offense traded success in a goal-line offense session Monday morning. The offensive unit scored five touchdowns in a drill where the ball was placed on the 3 yard-line, but the defense had three stops on rushing plays, knocked down a pass and had a coverage stop...

...The players will get the weekend off before game week, and Mackovic will hold his first weekly news conference next Monday... The annual Kickoff Luncheon is Wednesday, with Mackovic visiting Phoenix Friday for the annual Alumni Kickoff dinner...

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