TUCSON, Ariz. – Head coach Rich Rodriguez and the University of Arizona football program continued spring practice on Wednesday at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. The 2014 Cats worked out in full pads for two hours. Below is a transcript of assistant coach Charlie Ragle and sophomore receiver Samajie Grant’s comments following practice.
Assistant Coach Charlie Ragle
On the tight ends:
“It’s a young group in terms of experience. The biggest thing with spring is every day you want to come out here and get better from a mental and physical standpoint. I think this group of guys is doing that.”
On what needs to be improved over the final week of spring practices:
“They need to have a clear understanding of what we’re trying to do offensively and then be able to come out and execute that, especially when we’re in scrimmages and live situations.”
On the intensity of the group as a whole:
“It’s a good group in terms of intensity and work ethic. They’re doing a really good job as far as that is concerned.”
Sophomore Receiver Samajie Grant
On how spring practices have been so far:
“Right now, it’s all about being efficient and consistent. The intensity is pretty high. When I first got here in the fall last year, it really wasn’t like it is now because we weren’t doing all the hitting and running. We ran, but we didn’t do this much. When we first started, I wasn’t used to it.”
On thoughts as spring practices come to an end:
“As our Coach (Tony Dews) says, it doesn’t really matter right now. We’re going to see most of what we can do in the fall. We’re all here to work. That’s one good thing about this year. With as many receivers as we have, everyone is working hard every single day. We didn’t get this last year because some people were jogging during practice. Now you either sprint or know you won’t play.”
On the depth at the receiver position:
“I actually really like it. Last year during some of the games I was getting tired. It feels good to be able to rotate with people. I’m not selfish. Whatever I can do to help the team, I’m going to do.”For continued coverage of Arizona football, follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/ArizonaFootball and on Twitter @ArizonaFBall.