Arizona football: Defensive boss Casteel quiet off the field — anything but on it

2013-03-08T20:00:00Z Arizona football: Defensive boss Casteel quiet off the field — anything but on itBy Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 08, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

One-on-one, it can sometimes be hard to hear Jeff Casteel.

The Arizona Wildcats defensive coordinator will cross his arms, tilt his head down and speak in a tone that’s barely louder than a strong whisper.

During practice, however, it’s pretty much the exact opposite. Casteel’s players always know where he is.

“He has a little bit of a different style because he’ll get in anyone’s face,” linebacker Jake Fischer said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a fifth-year senior or a true freshman. He’ll get on you if he doesn’t see you working.”

The veteran coach — preparing his for his 12th season as a FBS defensive coordinator — demands perfection on the field. Which, for a defense that last season gave up 499 yards per game and more than 35 points per contest, isn’t always reciprocated.

Read more about Casteel and the UA defense in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.

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