Colin Baxter took a look at the UA's new marketing poster and smiled.

"This," he said, "is pretty cool."

Baxter is front and center in the UA's new ad campaign, entitled "Game On." The senior center is one of nine Wildcats featured - quarterback Nick Foles, running backs Nicolas Grigsby and Keola Antolin, wide receivers Delashaun Dean and Juron Criner, offensive tackle Adam Grant and defensive ends Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore are the others.

Baxter spent more than a half-hour signing posters for Wildcats fans following Saturday's scrimmage.

"There's no real key to it, once you've done it a few thousand times," he said.

The big number


Number of fans at Saturday's Spring Game


Wondering how a defense can score 34 points in a scrimmage? Do the (weird) math.

Arizona's defense "scored" one point for every forced punt, two points for every fourth-down stop and three-and-out, three points for every turnover and nine points for every defensive touchdown Saturday.

The offense was awarded one point for every first down and PAT, two points for every play of 30 or more yards, three points for every field goal and six points for every touchdown.

He's OK

Phil Garcia made a surprise return to the field for Saturday, a week after suffering an ugly-looking knee injury in practice.

The Wildcats' projected starter at right tackle played with the second-team offense, and looked strong.

Garcia suffered what he called "a little tweak, a mild sprain" to his surgically repaired right knee on April 1. He spent all of last week in Los Angeles because of a death in the family.

"The only reason I didn't start was because I wasn't here," Garcia said. "Needless to say, I was a little bit winded."

Tailback Nicolas Grigsby had one carry for 22 yards before re-injuring his strained hamstring. Grigsby said he'll be fine in time for the start of training camp.

Look of the day

Ricky Elmore sported a fresh mohawk for the spring game. Maybe it was lucky: Elmore sacked quarterback Nick Foles twice on the first three plays.

The mohawk isn't Elmore's wildest look: The Arizona Wildcats' defensive end died his hair half-black and half-white a few years ago.

Lookin' better

OK, we'll admit it. We were tough on the Arizona Stadium turf during spring drills.

The field was rocky and dry throughout the last month -a main reason why coach Mike Stoops moved the final six practices to Salpointe Catholic High School.

Saturday, however, the field was back in midseason form.

Arizona's field management crew put a "turf blanket" on the field from April 3 until Thursday, when it was removed so they could line the field.

"It looks a lot better," said Suzy Mason, the associate athletic director in charge of event management.

Building up

Arizona Stadium might get a bit dusty over the next year or so. Construction crews are building a dormitory in what used to be the stadium's West Side parking lot, just southeast of the Graham-Greenlee residence hall.

Another construction project is just wrapping up: Bear Down field will reopen May 1 after being ripped up as part of a flood-prevention plan.

The biggest construction effort - the much-talked about north end zone project - isn't expected to start until after the 2010 season. Construction crews will enclose the north end of the stadium and add football offices, and install a high-definition replay board above the south end zone.


Say goodbye to the fanny packs.

The Arizona Wildcats wore their game uniforms - complete with the, um, distinctive sash on the back - for the final time Saturday.

The Cats will overhaul their uniforms before they take the field this fall. Coach Mike Stoops said he anticipates "a nice, clean, neat look" complete with at least two helmet choices. The UA has worn navy helmets since Stoops' first season, but broke out throwback-inspired white lids for December's Holiday Bowl.

The Wildcats could take a page from the University of Virginia, which unveiled Oregon-inspired Nike uniforms Friday in three colors - orange, white and navy blue.

Ryan Finley