Quick hitters from the Arizona Wildcats’ post-practice media availability Wednesday morning:
* Arizona held its first bye-week practice and welcomed back two quarterbacks. Brandon Dawkins (concussion) and Anu Solomon (knee) both practiced, UA coach Rich Rodriguez said. Solomon hadn’t participated in “team” drills for several weeks and hasn’t played since Week 1. Dawkins sat out last week. I’ll have more on this situation later today.
* Rodriguez said he didn't know how long tailback Nick Wilson would be out with a “different” injury. Wilson missed time because of a sprained ankle before getting hurt vs. USC. Fox reported that the injury was to his knee. Rodriguez indicated that Wilson could be out longer than 1-2 weeks.
* Rodriguez said Arizona's main focus in practice during the bye is on fundamentals and techniques. "We’re assessing what our guys do well and what they don’t do well and trying to adjust our calls accordingly,” Rodriguez said. The team also held a 15-minute scrimmage for younger players who have spent most of the regular season on the scout team.
* Guard Freddie Tagaloa (knee) was listed as probable on the injury report for the USC game but did not play. “It’s one of those things,” offensive line coach Jim Michalczik said. “Could he have played? Yes. How well, that would have been the real question. He had a good practice today, and we’re evaluating it every day.”
* Rodriguez said he has identified which freshmen are redshirting this season. But he left open the possibility of changes to that plan. “Our main purpose is what we can do to win this year,” he said.
* Rodriguez on the USC loss: "We would have had to play really well to beat them. When you play poorly, you have no chance."
* Rodriguez said he didn't see Khalil Tate give the USC sideline the "Fight On" sign after his first-quarter touchdown. "I’d have said something,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t condone that. Act like you’ve been there before. Maybe he hasn’t. Now he has.”
* Rodriguez on linebacker Michael Barton's personal foul for retaliating against the Trojans: "Stupid penalty. If you continue to have them, you won’t play. It’s pretty simple."
* Rodriguez acknowledged "a few mistakes" in recruiting in recent years. He said the biggest difference going forward, especially with the new staff members, is being more aggressive in pursuing top talent.