TUCSON?-The Arizona football team completed its ninth practice of fall camp Friday afternoon at the Rincon Vista complex.
The players wore full pads again after working out in just shoulder pads and helmets in both of yesterday’s practices. The team continued to work on their basic individual drills, special teams, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations.
The team will hold the first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. The coaches anticipate running 90-100 plays.
“We will run the scrimmage like we always do,” head coach Mike Stoops said. “We’ll go good’s on good’s. The one’s will play the ones; the two’s will play the two’s. We’ll get some good work in for the first couple teams. The younger guys will get some time towards the end. We want to work on our kicking game and moving the ball up and down the field.”
The players are also looking forward to the scrimmage.
“We’re all excited to get out and scrimmage,” sophomore running back Chris Henry said. “It will give us all a chance to get better and to look crisp.”
“”We take it a little bit personal,” commented senior defensive back Lamon Means. “It will be offense versus defense. We will get after it.”
“It will be good to get a chance to simulate a game,” Stoops added. “We need to continue to improve our mechanics at the line. We need to move around quicker. We’re looking to be more consistent on both sides of the ball.”
Notes: The Wildcats will hold a closed practice Saturday morning ... Stoops mentioned that senior running back Mike Bell would likely not participate in the scrimmage as well as a couple of other players that have been held out of practice. “The guys who have been banged up should be back by early next week,” Stoops said ...Junior place-kicker Nicholas Folk connected on all five of his field goal attempts at the beginning of practice, including a 52-yarder. “I feel really good,” Folk said. “I’ve worked on my consistency. I worked really hard all off-season with Coach Edmond and the training staff to improve my kicking strength.” ... Sophomore dual-threat player B.J. Dennard has spent the last few days of camp working out with the defense after practicing primarily with the offense early on. “I do get tired, but I know I have to be in good shape and I am,” remarked Dennard about playing on both sides of the ball ... Senior safety Darrell Brooks has been impressed with the effort of his teammates thus far in camp. “All the guys are willing to do whatever it takes to win,” he said ... The coaching staff has successfully planned around Tucson’s monsoon thunderstorms to get in all nine fall practices to date rain free.