TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona football team completed a two-hour practice at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium on Tuesday evening in preparation for Saturday night’s home contest against No. 18 Oklahoma State. Below is a brief transcript of head coach Rich Rodriguez’s comments following practice.
On the tempo of Saturday’s contest against Oklahoma State:
“What concerns you is the amount of plays the defense will be playing. You have to weigh that into your factor about the tempo, but at the same time tempo is such a big part of what we do. If we change our personality offensively, we aren’t going to help ourselves if we don’t score. We have to do whatever we can to score and the defense has to do whatever they can to stop them. It sounds simplistic but it’s the truth.”
On the play of Dan Buckner on Saturday:
“He competed well. He and Terrence (Miller) are a couple of old men and their age was showing as the game went on, but all the way until the end they were fighting and scratching. Dan is a good football player and he has a lot to prove this year and I’ve been most impressed by the way he has practiced. He and Terrence have really practiced well and hopefully this upcoming game they won’t have to play as many plays, because we have to get some other guys in there. If the other guys have a good week, then we will have a better rotation.”
On the play of Austin Hill:
“Austin is a smart guy and he can play all four receiver positions. He is one of the few guys that can do that and he is a very competitive guy. He made some big catches and there are some other things we have to get cleaned up, but I was really pleased with Austin especially the way we have been moving him around at different positions.”
The Wildcats will host No. 18 Oklahoma State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. inside Arizona Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. Football tickets are available at the McKale Center Ticket office, by visiting ArizonaWildcats.com or by calling 520-621-2287 or 1-800-452-CATS.
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