Aug. 18, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Two weeks after kicking off its preseason training camp, the Arizona football team completes its practice schedule at the Rincon Vista Complex. Next up is a Friday morning workout on campus, followed by the annual "Meet the Team Night" at Arizona Stadium on Saturday.
Mike's Quick Take
On a hot and humid morning, the Wildcats took to the field at Rincon Vista for a two-hour workout that resembled most of the previous 15 practices held over the two weeks in Tucson and at Fort Huachuca. But as preseason camp activities wind down, it's easy to see the progress the team has made since beginning earlier this month.
"We're getting better in a lot of different ways," Stoops told his team after Thursday's practice. "We've shown toughness as a team over these last two weeks. We still have plenty of things we can get better at, but we're a much better team today than we were on this field two weeks ago."
The last two weeks have been a relentless stretch of practice that has tested players mentally and physically. The grueling preseason schedule has challenged the physical and mental makeup of the team. Now that the Wildcats have passed the initial challenge, they will shift their attention to game-specific preparation next week after classed begin on Monday, Aug. 22.
"The worst is over," Stoops said of the preseason camp. "We've got two more days to go and we will have an opportunity to put on a good show for our fans Saturday. After that, we will get down to business preparing for Northern Arizona."
Stoops told his team that they may go to the movies as a team this evening after some late afternoon position meetings. On Friday, the team will hold a lighter workout with less focus on individual drills and more focus on team and special teams periods.
The preseason camp will officially come to a close on Saturday with one final public appearance for "Meet the Team Night" at 6 p.m. Players will be given Sunday off, before starting classes on Monday and attending the annual student-athlete barbeque at McKale on Monday after classes.
On Tuesday, game-specific preparation begins as the team settles into regular late afternoon and early evening practices. At that point, the start of the 2011 season will be less than two weeks away, likely prompting added urgency in the overall preparations for players and coaches before the grind of the regular season takes over.
Arizona football tickets will be on sale at the event, but remain on sale daily through www.arizonawildcats.com and through the McKale Ticket Office (Monday-Friday) in person or by phone at 520-621-2287. Visit www.everydownbeardown.com for complete football ticket information.