It was a quick workout tonight for the Arizona Wildcats, as the clouds built over Kindall/Sancet Stadium tonight.
The Wildcats got in and out in less than two hours as lightning started showing around the area.
The UA will practice twice today — the team’s final two-a-day of training camp — and then have a workout Wednesday. On Thursday, the team will have a game run-through at Arizona Stadium. Following that, the Wildcats will turn their attention to UNLV.
“We’ll have single practices the rest of the week (after tomorrow), and since we play on a Friday, this Friday really starts our game week,” coach Rich Rodriguez said. “This won’t be a hard week for them. Tomorrow will be the hardest day they have left.
It was a quiet night at Kindall/Sancet, so there isn’t much to report. But here are a few notes and quotes from the practice.
• I asked Rodriguez if Solomon has the best understanding of the offense. Jerrard Randall said Sunday at media day that he thought the redshirt freshman from Las Vegas knew Rodriguez’s system the best.
Predictably, Rodriguez didn’t bite on the question: “I just judge it based on practice. He’s learned it pretty well. The three of them, Connor, Jesse and Anu are the three that know it the best right now.”
As he’s said before, Randall isn’t quite with the rest of them as far as his knowledge of the offense. Randall admitted as much on Sunday, but said he’s close to being where the rest of signal-callers are.
• Rodriguez was asked which quarterback has been the most consistent in training camp.
“Well probably the guy who is going to start,” Rodriguez said with a laugh.
He then expanded a bit: “One day they’re all pretty consistent, and the next day they’re all pretty inconsistent. I think the one thing that is consistent is that they are all at some point inconsistent. So we’ll keep working on it. This is a big week for them, that’s for sure.”
• With Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller injuring his shoulder today in practice and possibly sidelined for the season, Rodriguez was asked about major injuries in training camp, and how scary they can be.
His thoughts: “There’s always that to worry about. We’re hitting so much less live than ever before. You can’t afford to. Our depth situation isn’t where I want it to be, so an injury to us as opposed to an experienced, deeper team is a little more cause of concern. You still don’t want to get guys hurt.”
• When training camp opened, the nose guard spot was unsettled and had a lot of questions around it.
There were even more questions when Sani Fuimaono broke his foot and Dwight Melvin was sidelined with a concussion.
Jeff Worthy has helped quash some of those concerns.
The former Boise State Bronco, who spent a year at Santa Ana Community College last season, has worked almost exclusively with the first-team and seems like a lock to be the starter at nose come next Friday.
Rodriguez had high praise for him after the mid-year enrollee had a so-so spring.
“Jeff has had a really good camp,” Rodriguez said. “We had to have it. Some of that stuff was hard to foresee, but we pictured him getting in the mix anyway, and he’s taken advantage of it.”
Rodriguez said Worthy’s strength and conditioning has improved, as has his understanding of Jeff Casteel’s 3-3-5 defense.
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.