Arizona Football Training Camp Notes - Day 10

Aug. 15, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona Football Training Camp Report...

... After 10 days of training camp, the University of Arizona football team has completed 12 practice sessions, with six days remaining on the schedule before game-week preparations begin for the season opener against UTEP on Saturday, Aug. 30...

... In the Wildcats' morning session Friday at the Rincon Vista complex, senior place kicker Bobby Gill continued to show he will fight off redshirt freshman Nicholas Folk for the top job. Under pressure, he converted on 3-of-3 field goal attempts from 23, 23 and 25 yards. Folk made his one try from 25 yards in the live drill...

... Senior punter James Molina, a prep quarterback at Tucson's Pueblo High School, appears to be the top holder, replacing former quarterback Jason Johnson...

... In a pass rush/pass protection session featuring one-on-one techniques, senior right tackle Brandon Phillips beat his man eight of nine times. Sophomore guard Kili Lefotu ended the morning at 6-2, and junior left tackle Chris Johnson was 4-0. On the defensive side, senior nose tackle Carl Tuitavuki had the best rush effort, getting to the quarterback three times in three tries, beating starting junior center Keoki Fraser each time...

... Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan O'Hara had a sparkling 6-for-6 effort in a situational scoring-zone pass drill. Sophomore wide receiver Biren Ealy snagged five catches in the session. Sophomore quarterback Nic Costa completed 3-of-6 passes and threw an interception to junior cornerback Luis Nunez, who appears to be contending for a starting role...

... In later drills against defenders, O'Hara was a combined 1-for-13, including an interception by junior safety Tony Wingate. O'Hara also fumbled a snap during the session...

... The defense seemed to have the upper hand in the goal-line and down-and-distance drills, as UA's defenders tallied five sacks, broke up seven passes, and had coverage that required intentional throwaways. Overall, the defense held the offense to only three first downs in 20 plays...

... 'Well, one practice the offense is good, and one practice the defense is good. It's better than if one side always has the best,' head coach John Mackovic said following the morning drills.

... The defense once again had a better showing in the afternoon session in which the players worked out in helmets and shoulder pads after practicing in full pads earlier in the day. In the full-team drills during the last 30 minutes of practice, Costa and O'Hara were sacked a combined five times... Junior linebacker Andre Torrey led the defensive charge with 1.5 sacks. Junior linebacker Landon Kafentzis, redshirt freshman defensive end Paul Philipp and sophomore linebacker Copeland Bryan each had a sack, while senior linebacker Matt Molina had an assist...

... In the last two series of the situational work, Costa completed 1-of-2 passes for a seven-yard pass to junior wide receiver Ricky Williams, while O'Hara went 0-for-4, including an interception by senior safety Clay Hardt...

... 'We did some situational work and worked in the scoring zone at the end of practice, which is closer to playing in a game than everything else. The defense won all three sets of plays, which is good for the defense and the whole team,' Mackovic said...

... The Wildcats will take to Arizona Stadium for a controlled team scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 16, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. following Fan Appreciation Night activities. 'In the scrimmage, we are going to let the players play eight to 10 plays in a row and help them get into game-style conditioning. The scrimmage is the culmination of the first two weeks of practice, so we will be looking to see if people are getting in the right spots, and we will be looking to see if everyone is carrying out his assignment and making something happen,' Mackovic said.

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