Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Back to Work at Kindall/Sancet
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 01, 2013
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April 1, 2013

TUCSON – University of Arizona football continued its spring practice season with a workout on Mon., April 1, at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. In head coach Rich Rodriguez's second spring with the Wildcats, the squad was in full pads for a two-hour practice on Monday. Below is a brief transcript of remarks following practice.

Assistant Coach Bill Kirelawich

On senior Tevin Hood:

“I like Tevin (Hood). I love the way he plays, I think he’s a hard noser. I think he’s every good thing you could say about a football player. He’s smart. He’s a good guy, a real good guy. He’s a good guy to coach and I’m glad he’s on our team.”

“He comes out and plays hard all the time. He gives you everything he’s got. He’s an all-around guy. He’s good in the weight room, he’s good in the classroom and he’s good in the meeting room.”

On defensive pressure in practice:

“We’re not getting enough pressure, not near as enough as we should be.”

On redshirt freshman Kyle Kelley:

“I like Kyle (Kelley). Out of all the kids, he’s come the furthest in the spring. We may have a lot longer to go but he’s improved. He tries hard, shows up and does a good job. Is he game ready? I don’t know. He’ll determine that in summer camp.”

On junior Reggie Gilbert:

“I’d like to see him with a little more sense of urgency but Reggie (Gilbert) is a tough kid. I think he’s a dependable guy. I think he’s done a good job this spring and he’ll continue to get better.”

Senior Defensive Lineman Tevin Hood

On assistant coach Bill Kirelawich:

“He brings an interesting flavor to everything. He and I hit it off really well and have the same dry sense of humor. We see eye to eye on a lot of things.”

“If you mess up, he’s definitely going to let you know and he isn’t going to sugarcoat it. At the same time, he respects that we’re adults and is willing to level with us on certain subjects.”

On his second year in the system:

“I definitely think we’re making progressions chemistry wise. Last year, switching to a 3-3-5 was a learning experience for all of us.”

On the defensive line’s performance this spring:

“We’ve got a lot of work to do but I think we’ve come together as a unit. We trust each other more, instead of playing individual assignments.”

On junior Reggie Gilbert:

“Reggie (Gilbert) is playing really well. He’s my roommate so we talk a lot about d-line. We have good chemistry and it impresses me how versatile he can be from the edge.”

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