Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez works with Arizona Wildcats quarterback Brandon Dawkins (13) during the first University of Arizona Wildcats football practice of the season at Sancet Stadium on July 31, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz.

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  • RichRod said he was happier with Arizona’s practice performance on Saturday than from Friday. He said defense had the edge on the offense, though the units have been pretty even throughout fall camp.
  • Rodriguez said the defense had struggled forcing turnovers for much of camp, but forced a few on Saturday. The offense has done a good job taking care of the ball, Rodriguez said. “I don’t know if we’ve dropped it on the ground at all as far as running,” he said.
  • Arizona legend Ricky Hunley — a College Football Hall of Famer and best linebacker in program history — attended Saturday’s practice, and spent much of it chatting with fellow UA legend Chuck Cecil, now on Rodriguez’s staff as a defensive analyst. Former UA receiver Samajie Grant also visited.
  • Defensive ends Jalen Harris and My-King Johnson are talented but need to put on weight, coaches say. Rodriguez said Harris is ahead of Johnson at the moment, and could contribute this season on special teams. On Johnson, Rodriguez said: “He’s been good. He’s a talented guy, obviously he’s gotta get bigger and stronger. But he’s been working hard ... My-King is going to be a good player, I think.”
  • Knorr’s is recruiting the Inland Empire in Southern California, and North Dallas in Texas. Knorr said having running back J.J. Taylor — who prepped at Corona Centennial — helps his recruiting in SoCal. “You say the word J.J. out there and it gets everybody’s attention,” he said.