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Arizona Wildcats spring football practice No. 11: Led by Jalen Harris, D-line racks up sacks
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Arizona Wildcats spring football practice No. 11: Led by Jalen Harris, D-line racks up sacks

Cats to scrimmage under the lights Saturday night at Arizona Stadium

Jalen Harris and the UA defensive line have had a strong 2021 spring camp under Ricky Hunley and Don Brown.

The Arizona Wildcats conducted their 11th practice of spring camp Thursday. Here are some notes and takeaways from the workout:

* The defensive line had a particularly strong practice. Defensive end Jalen Harris had a pair of sacks in 11-on-11 work. JB Brown, Trevon Mason, Kyon Barrs and Paris Shand also made plays in the offensive backfield.

* Linebacker Derick Mourning intercepted a Gunner Cruz pass that was tipped at the line.

* Quarterback Will Plummer had two impressive downfield throws – one a touchdown to tightly covered tight end Stacey Marshall in the back of the end zone, the other a corner route to Boobie Curry, who made a diving catch to snag the ball.

* Although the defense generally had the better of the action, Fisch was pleased with the way the offense bounced back after negative plays. He’s still seeking more consistency from the quarterbacks.

Stanley Berryhill III continues to be the hardest receiver to cover in one-on-ones and team drills. His highlight play Thursday: a one-handed grab on a pass over the middle.

* Receiver Brian Casteel spent time on the side riding an exercise bike but was heavily involved and frequently targeted during team drills.

* Tight end Roberto Miranda and defensive backs Isaiah Mays and Rhedi Short remained limited. Mays did line up with the second-team defense during non-tackling 11-on-11 play.

* Tailbacks Jalen John and Michael Wiley and offensive linemen Josh McCauley and David Watson were among the players who did not participate in team drills. Wiley did some work in individual drills

* Former UA star Ricky Elmore and his wife, ex-Wildcat softball standout Callista Balko, attended practice. Former UA running back Gary Brightwell, who’s prepping for the upcoming NFL draft, also was among the attendees.

Contact sports reporter Michael Lev at 573-4148 or mlev@tucson.com. On Twitter @michaeljlev 


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