University of Arizona football player Nick Foles, center, throws with Matt Scott, right, and Frank Scelfo, left, during the first 2011 season practice at the Rincon Vista practice complex on August 4, 2011

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TRAINING CAMP INSIDER

Day 1 at Rincon Vista

• Highlights: The Arizona Wildcats opened training camp with an efficient, if unspectacular, early-morning practice. Defensive back Lyle Brown returned an interception for a touchdown during 7-on-7 drills, the first of a handful of big takeaways for the Wildcats' defense. Cornerback Jonathan McKnight added a "pick-6" during 11-on-11s, and defensive linemen Justin Washington and Mohammed Usman both registered sacks. Defensive end C.J. Parish ended practice with a sack of quarterback Nick Foles, stopping the Wildcats' offense during a two-minute drill. Foles was solid running with the first team. He found Gino Crump and Juron Criner for scores during 7-on-7s, and surprised his teammates with a 20-yard sneak during the 2-minute drill. All but two of Arizona's incoming freshmen practiced: Cornerback Cortez Johnson watched in street clothes, and linebacker Domonique Petties was not in attendance. The first day of practice brought a handful of jersey number changes: Safety Marquis Flowers has switched from 4 to 2, and linebacker David Lopez has adopted No. 18. Kickoff specialist John Bonano will wear 15.

• Weather: 82 and hot.

• Injury report: Safety Adam Hall, linebacker Jake Fischer, running back Greg Nwoko and defensive tackle Willie Mobley are all out indefinitely as they recover from offseason knee surgeries.

• He said it: "That's what's exciting about this time of the year: Everybody has a chance. We feel like we have a lot to prove, and we have a very good football team." - Coach Mike Stoops

 

 

The sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star.