TUCSON, Ariz. – On a picture perfect night in Tucson, the Arizona football team completed its fourth day of preseason camp on Tuesday inside Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats worked out under the lights for approximately two-hours in helmets and shells.
Below are comments from Coach Rodriguez and senior quarterback B.J. Denker following practice.
On tomorrow’s schedule:
“It is going to be short because we still have guys in summer school. We will practice in the morning and get about 15 periods in, about an hour and 20 minutes. Then we will let the guys go to class and leave for Ft. Huachuca later in the afternoon.”
On freshmen expected to play right away:
“The wide outs. James Phillips, Samajie Grant, Aaron Lacombe and all the freshman wide outs have a chance just because of the numbers. The freshman linebackers all have a shot too and a couple of the DBs but we haven’t done full pads yet. It is a good class though. We need more big guys and more offensive linemen but we’ll get that corrected in recruiting.”
On if Saturday’s scrimmage will be a good test for the quarterbacks:
“I’m debating how much of a full scale scrimmage it will be. We try to evaluate every practice. Coach (Rod) Smith is putting pressure on them and I’m putting pressure on them. I like coaching quarterbacks but I’m putting a little extra pressure on them just to see who will step into the fold.”
On the Ft. Huachuca trip:
“I think it’s a good set up. I’m glad we are going because of the time you get to spend with the soldiers and the community up there is terrific and it is a true camp atmosphere. Our guys are done with school and we can go up there and it’s just us and football for four days. Our practices will be very limited. We will probably hit Saturday evening some but other than that it will be like today in shells.”
On the quarterback play today:
“I feel like the offense had a very good practice today. We didn’t beat the defense today but we did a lot of things that we were looking at in the film room trying to correct and we came out today and did that.”
On if it’s hard for the quarterbacks to not press too much:
“You just have to play within yourself, play within the system and do what our coaches have been teaching us. Pressing is not going to do anything, it’s not going to make me a better player. I just need to be patient and when my number is called, execute on the field and we will go from there.”
On the quarterback competition:
“Any competition is intense. You can’t just say it’s not that big of deal. This is a starting spot, I have one more year, Jesse (Scroggins) has two and Nick (Isham) wants to play. Everyone wants to play. Competition especially at the quarterback position, there is only one on the field at a time, so it’s intense every single day.”
The Wildcats will continue preseason camp tomorrow morning before leaving for Ft. Huachuca tomorrow afternoon.
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