March 27, 2013
TUCSON - University of Arizona football continued its spring practice season with a workout on Wed., March 27, at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. In head coach Rich Rodriguez's second spring with the Wildcats, the squad dressed in full pads for the fifth time for a two-hour practice on Wednesday. Below is a brief transcript of Rodriguez's remarks following practice.
His thoughts on practice:
"The end of practice was pretty good. I thought the middle of practice was below average and we had to get on them a little bit but the end was better. I would be disappointed if they don't come out with a little enthusiasm Friday night and have some fun because it's going to be an easy practice for them, a scrimmage."
On his approach:
"We have a bunch of competitive guys but I want them to be able to turn it on all the time. I told them I want a bunch of guys that I have to say `woah' to and not `sic'em.' I told them that if I need to say `sic'em' then we got the wrong guys. We've been together long enough that they should understand that."
On if there's a mental side to keep playing hard:
"Conditioning is such an important aspect in all sports, and especially with what we do. We're not in shape now and we don't have to be in game shape in the spring but there has to be a certain level of conditioning that our guys should always keep. A few of them haven't done that so they will have to learn a lesson the hard way."
On rating the spring practices:
"We're not at halfway. Part of it is because we have a bunch of guys out and we have had to yell at some of the stuff we shouldn't have to. I know some coaches say that you shouldn't coach effort and that it should be a given but until it's engrained in our program, we will still continue to do that. When you have to do that, that doesn't give you time to coach other fundamental parts."
On the Friday scrimmage as a recruiting tool:
"We can't talk to recruits but there may be some that show up along with the rest of the fans. I think anytime our program is on display it's an opportunity for potential recruits and fans to enjoy watching us. I think its fun for our players. I wish we had more guys healthy. I still think it'll be fun for them and fun for our players."
The Wildcats will scrimmage on Fri., March 29 at Phoenix College's Hogan Field at Hoy Stadium. Start time is 7 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m., and the event is open to the public. Friday's scrimmage will mark the Wildcat's 11th spring practice in Rodriguez's second spring at UA.
Fans are encouraged to park in the parking garage located across the street from the football field and enter the facility through the southwest gate. Parking is free.