Arizona Wildcats football: News and notes from day eight of fall camp

2013-08-10T23:15:00Z Arizona Wildcats football: News and notes from day eight of fall campDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 10, 2013 11:15 pm  • 

The Arizona Wildcats practiced for the final time at Fort Huachuca on Saturday night and coach Rich Rodriguez was frustrated and angry with his team's offensive performance. 

We'll have plenty more on Rodriguez's strong words for his offense in tomorrow's Star.

A sampling: "I'm concerned with everything on offense. Everything. You want to know what I'm concerned about offensively? Everything."

Plenty more quotes like that from the coach in tomorrow's story.

For now, some news, notes and quotes from the night.

• QB Jesse Scroggins is sidelined again with concussion symptoms. Scroggins missed the first two practices of the fall with a concussion he suffered in the weight room and then returned for five practices. But the former USC quarterback found himself back on the sidelines for both practices Saturday with his concussion symptoms creeping up again. Rodriguez said he obviously won't go against the doctors if they tell him Scroggins needs more time, which they have. It's not clear how much longer the QB will be out.

• The team was supposed to scrimmage Saturday night after a morning practice, but instead opted instead for another practice. However, at the end of the practice the team did several periods of 11-on-11. 

The first-team offense looked like this: QB: B.J. Denker; RB: Daniel Jenkins (with Ka'Deem Carey getting some intermediate work); WRs: Clive Georges, Terrence Miller and Johnny Jackson; TE: Michael Cooper; OL: Fabbians Ebbele, Chris Putton, Steven Gurrola, Cayman Bundage and Mickey Baucus. 

The first-team defense looked like this: CBs: Jonathan McKnight and Shaquille Richardson; Safeties: Jared Tevis, Tra'Mayne Bondurant and Journdon Grandon; LBs: Marquis Flowers, Keoni Bush-Loo and Jake Fischer; DL: Sione Tuihalamaka, Dwight Melvin and Reggie Gilbert.

• Some notes on the starters: Bush-Loo was rotating with Sir Thomas Jackson and seems to be getting in the coaches favor more and more in the last few practices. Despite Dwight Melvin running with the first-team, I still think Tevin Hood is ahead of him on the depth chart. The coaches have been limiting Hood's reps as he's dealing with some tendonitis in his knee. 

Offensively, Clive Georges just started working with the first group on Friday. Garic Wharton had been with the starters. Wharton practiced with the second-team the last two days. Gurrola and Bundage seem to have pretty good holds on their spots on the offensive line. 

• Sophomore receiver Trey Griffey, who has been running with the second team, had a pretty special moment Saturday night. His dad, Ken Griffey Jr., was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Trey taped a tribute to his dad and the Mariners aired it on their jumbotron to Ken's surprise. The final thing Trey said was "Bear Down, dad." Ken was in Tucson for several spring practices. He hasn't been on campus for any fall practices yet, but likely will be.

• The team will run through the obstacle course at Fort Huachuca early tomorrow morning and then head back to Tucson. The players will have meetings, but no practice. The next scheduled practice is Monday morning at 8:15.

A couple of quotes from the night:

• Rodriguez on when his offense will start to turnaround: "I hope sooner rather than later. I won't be able to talk if not. I love coaching these guys. I love my staff. We have good kids and all that. But our guys have to be more competitive. It's that simple. You can call me a mean guy, whatever, but I'd rather be called that than a loser. Our players have to be the same way. They have to be competitive or they aren't gonna last in this program."

• Gilbert on the defense: "What we're really focused on is stopping the run. That's something we're really focused on, that and being more physical and bigger up front. We have to apply more pressure to the quarterbacks. If we can do that, we can be a real good defense."

• Gilbert on the bonding of the team at Fort Huachuca: "Even back in Tucson, we're always together. We're together 18 hours a day. Here, it's 24 hours a day. It's a real good experience, meeting the soldiers and showing our support. I feel it's a good bonding experience."

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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