TUCSONThe Arizona football team completed its fifth practice of fall camp Tuesday. The practice was moved to Pima Community College East Campus, home of the Pima Storm, because of heavy rain earlier in the afternoon that left field conditions poor at the Rincon Vista complex.
“We appreciate them [Pima College] letting us use their facility,” head coach Mike Stoops told the media following practice. “It was a good alternative for us. Our fields were no good for us today.”
The players donned full pads for the first time in camp. The team once again went through basic individual drills, special teams, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations.
“The full pads don’t mean much to us,” Stoops said. “It’s no different to us. We did virtually everything the same as we have the last few days.”
The quarterbacks and receivers found their timing during 7-on-7 competition. Sophomore quarterback Richard Kovalcheck completed all eight of his pass attempts. Junior Adam Austin connected on nine of his 10 attempts, and freshman Willie Tuitama completed both of his pass attempts. Senior wide-receiver Mike Jefferson led the receivers with three receptions.
The Wildcats then moved to a team segment that worked on blitzes. Kovalcheck was two-for-four passing while Austin completed three out of four pass attempts. The defense twice put pressure on the quarterbacks causing the play to be called dead.
The team finished practice with 30 minutes of 11-on-11 action that featured both running and passing plays.
Wednesday’s practice is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Pima East. However, as with all fall camp practices, times and locations are subject to change depending on weather and field conditions. Notes: The coaches made sure the players were familiarizing themselves with the sticky’ feel of the artificial playing surface at Pima College. The Field Turf’ is used at a number of colleges including Rice-Eccles Stadium where the Wildcats will open up their season against the Utah Utes on Sept. 2 ... For the fifth consecutive practice either the time or location of practice was changed from the original schedule, but all five practices have been completed without delay ... Junior place kicker Nicholas Folk hit on four of five field-goal attempts at the start of practice, including a 52-yard attempt ... Freshman Brandon Tatum intercepted a Kovalcheck pass during 11-on-11’s ... A pair of familiar faces to Tucsonans, freshmen Daniel Borg and Xavier Smith, have adjusted nicely to Division-1 football .... “I knew the speed of the game would increase,” Borg said. “I expected that. I just want to come out here and compete and try to get better” ... “I’m just trying to get to know the plays and the guys on the team,” commented Smith.