March 23, 2013
TUCSON - University of Arizona football continued its spring practice season with a workout on Sat., March 23, at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. In head coach Rich Rodriguez's second spring with the Wildcats, the squad dressed in full pads for the fourth time for a 90-minute practice on Saturday with a majority spent in game-like scrimmage situations. Below is a brief transcript of Rodriguez's remarks following practice.
On his impression of today's scrimmage:
"We were a little ragged at times. We had some good moments and B.J. (Denker) executed well but defensively we didn't play as well as we had been in other practices. There was some good and some bad but I'll have to watch the film and get a better evaluation. As much fundamental work as we need, sometimes you have to just let them play, which is what we did today."
On the offensive rhythm:
"It's not flowing as fast as I'd like but some of it is injury related. It's flowing better than it was this time last year but we don't have Matt (Scott) this year. We got spoiled with Matt but B.J. (Denker) played very well today as well as some of the other quarterbacks."
On getting through scrimmages healthy:
"As a head coach, half the things I worry about is getting through the scrimmage healthy with no injuries. You don't want to limit the guys' aggressiveness and physicalness because we have to be a more aggressive team on both sides but especially on defense."
"Johnny Jackson is a good football player. He played quite a bit last year before he got hurt but he just happened to be open a lot based on the way the defense was playing the offense. His eye discipline was good and he seemed to feel pretty good."
On the quarterbacks' performance:
"B.J. (Denker) has had some experience so he played pretty well today. Nick (Isham) has a good understanding of what we're doing and Javelle (Allen) has gotten better but he still has some work to do. Coach (Rod) Smith has done a good job coaching them this spring."
On looking forward to the future:
"We really have only installed half the offense but we will probably put a couple more things in. The week of the spring game we won't install anything on offense or defense and we will only have practice one day and let the players have some fun in front of their friends and family on the day of the scrimmage."