Quick hitters from Arizona’s penultimate spring practice Wednesday and media availability afterward:

  • With pro day less than 24 hours away, UA coach Rich Rodriguez had this to say about linebacker Scooby Wright: "He may not win the combine ... but you watch him on film and he’s a great football player."
  • Rodriguez on Jerrard Randall, who played quarterback at Arizona but will work out for NFL scouts as a receiver: "He’s kind of a wild card in this whole thing. ... I think somebody’s going to give him an opportunity."
  • Rodriguez said he sees both of Arizona's top running backs, Nick Wilson and Orlando Bradford, as "starters" who are "good enough to win with."
  • Echoing special-teams coach Charlie Ragle, Rodriguez would prefer that Josh Pollack not serve as the Wildcats’ kicker, punter and kickoff guy. Rodriguez said Arizona still could add 1-2 new specialists before training camp.
  • Rodriguez said he has "concerns" about Arizona's offensive line depth because several players have missed time in spring with injuries.
  • Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates addressed the entire defense during the post-practice period when players usually break into position groups.
  • Rodriguez reiterated the importance of getting recruits on campus: "Every recruit we’ve had that’s been around practice ... has fallen in love with our program."
  • Speaking generally, Rodriguez said it's "frustrating" that early commits flirt with other schools and oftentimes change their minds. Arizona recently lost quarterback Braxton Burmeister, continuing a trend that affects schools across the nation.
  • Rodriguez praised his players' passion for hosting recruits and their ability to sell them on the program. "Some of our players have been undefeated hosting," he said.


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