Aug. 11, 2011
FORT HUACHUCA - A day off from football on Wednesday allowed the Arizona Wildcats to finish up summer school courses before heading down to southeast Arizona for a team meal last evening to kick off four days of training camp at this U.S. Army post. This morning, it was back to work for the first of two practices scheduled for the day.
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One of the benefits of moving training camp to this part of the state is that it provides a change of scenery and higher elevation. It offers a brief respite from the hotter temperatures in Tucson for a few days, and even an increased chance of summer thunderstorms on most days. Thundershowers from Wednesday evening left some debris cloudiness this morning, which combined with a light breeze kept temperatures quite pleasant over the course of the two hour workout.
However, the Wildcats returned to the field a bit rusty after nearly 48 hours off from their scrimmage in Arizona Stadium on Tuesday. Team drills lacked some of the physical play that had been increasing each day over the first week of camp. It's something that coaches hope changes for tonight's practice, which will cap the first two-a-day workout of this preseason training camp.
"We need to be more physical," Head Coach Mike Stoopstold his players after practice. "We've shown we can practice a lot better than we did this morning. We need to have more `pop' out here tonight."
Thursday's morning session mirrored what most all practices look like, whether they are in the regular season, spring or in fall camp. Players began with 45 minutes of individual and group drills, before coming together for about an hour of various team drills, including 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work.
The Wildcats will hit the field against this evening at 6:15 p.m. for another two-hour workout. Players donned full pads this morning, but must wear only shoulder pads and helmets tonight.
Friday will bring another morning practice, but the team will have the afternoon away from the field. Players are scheduled to participate in an unmanned aerial demonstration in the afternoon, for the first of several activities planned this weekend to allow the players to interact with soldiers on post.
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 and flex packs are available through the McKale Ticket Office (520-621-2287) or online at www.arizonawildcats.com.
Individual game tickets will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. through www.arizonawildcats.com. Tickets can then be purchased in person or by phone through the McKale Ticket office starting on Monday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m.
Visit www.everydownbeardown.com for complete ticket options.