LOS ANGELES — It was rather obvious this week that the Arizona Wildcats are pretty sick of talking about tonight’s opponent, USC.
An estimated 5,000 fans got a glimpse of the Wildcats - and the improvements to Arizona Stadium - during Saturday night's open practice.
Arizona running back and Heisman hopeful Ka'Deem Carey signs the red dress of 7-month-old Ariella Brown as dad Steven Brown holds her. Fans got a chance to meet the Wildcats after Saturday's open practice - in which the defense rallied to beat the offense 52-49.
Quarterback Jesse Scroggins uncorks a pass in front of fellow signal-callers Connor Brewer (left) and Nick Isham. Scroggins ran with the second unit for much of Saturday.
Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez signs the shirt of Monica Escandon while daughter Brittany Escandon, left, looks on.
One night before Saturday's open practice at Arizona Stadium, the Wildcats hosted a talent show at the Westin La Paloma in a team-only event. Senior quarterback B.J. Denker found himself to be the butt of a lot of jokes and skits.
In a drill last week, Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker keeps the ball after a fake handoff to running back Ka'Deem Carey and then drops back to pass.
Every day when the Arizona Wildcats open practice, 11 offensive players line up in a formation and run a couple of plays against no defense.
After missing the first two days of fall practice because of a concussion, QB Jesse Scroggins takes some snaps from center. Scroggins said he is happy to be on the field and competing with the other quarterbacks.
If there's one thing that's been learned in Rich Rodriguez's second fall camp with the Arizona Wildcats, it's that his feelings on certain positions and players can change in a hurry.
Arizona Wildcats freshman Khari McGee, pitching the ball during Saturday's first practice of fall camp, is one of five Wildcats vying for time at quarterback.
Senior B.J. Denker is the front-runner in the UA's quarterback competition. The lefty threw for 259 yards as the Wildcats' backup last season.
There's a common misconception when it comes to Rich Rodriguez and quarterbacks.
Quarterback Jesse Scroggins, a USC transfer, has a shot to be the starter when Arizona opens its season against NAU on Aug. 30.
Wildcats receiver Garic Wharton is expected to see an increase in playing time after catching 19 passes for 264 yards in 2012.
Offensive linemen Jacob Arzouman, left, and Beau Boyster, right, will battle with Steven Gurrola to be the team's starting center this season.
Who knows how long it will last, but when the Arizona Wildcats take the field tonight at 6:30 for their first practice of fall camp, they will be on coach Rich Rodriguez's good side.
Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker, a senior from Torrance, Calif., got nearly all of the snaps with the first-team offense during spring drills.
In a perfect world, Rich Rodriguez would at least have an idea who his starting quarterback was going to be for his team's season opener later this month.
Questions swirl about controversial running back Ka'Deem Carey, top; whether Jesse Scroggins will challenge B.J. Denker for the quarterback job; and whether Jeff Casteel's defense will be better than last year.