Arizona Football Training Camp Notes - Day 12

Aug. 18, 2003

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

... After 12 days of training camp, the University of Arizona football team has completed 15 practice sessions, with three days remaining on the schedule before game-week preparations begin for the season opener against UTEP on Saturday, Aug. 30. 'We have to keep working on the little things. We are still teaching, and we are still installing plays. On offense, we are continuing to install new runs and passes every day,' head coach John Mackovic said Monday...

... In the Wildcats' morning session Monday at the Rincon Vista complex, punters Danny Baugher and James Molina continued their quest for the top role in live-pressure drills. Baugher, a sophomore, booted his eight kicks for a 48.5-yard average, while Molina checked in with eight punts for a 45.6-yard rate. Last season, Baugher had a 37.7 average per punt as a true freshman, while Molina, a 2002 junior, finished with a 36.7 average. Both guys have had good hang time and have been more consistent in camp...

... Two true freshmen have changed positions. Ismael Garcia, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound native of Pomona, Calif., moved from the offensive line to defensive tackle. 'We need some help on the line. He's a good athlete. He is doing nicely, but he needs to learn to explode and get off the ball,' Mackovic said of Garcia. Linebacker Ryan Kilpatrick, a 6-foot-4, 219-pound freshman from Fort Worth, Texas, switched from the defensive corps to become a tight end. 'That move is really for the future. We think he can bulk up to 230 or 235 and be an effective H-back type player in another year,' Mackovic said...

... In the 7-on-7 situational session Monday morning, quarterbacks Nic Costa and Ryan O'Hara got nearly all the work as it became more clear - as expected - that they will be the top two. True freshmen Kris Heavner and Richard Kovalcheck each had one throw, while Costa and O'Hara had eight reps apiece. O'Hara was 4-for-8 for 34 yards, with two conversions - first downs - and a touchdown, while Costa was 3-for-8 for 25 yards and two conversions, including a short touchdown toss to junior wide receiver Ricky Williams. Sophomore Biren Ealy caught O'Hara's scoring throw on a 3rd-and-6 play from the 19-yard line. Freshman safety Marcus Hollingsworth knocked a couple of attempts loose from receivers...

... In the team period, the defense had another good showing, with sophomore cornerback Jason Martin picking off one of O'Hara's tosses. Along with Martin's play, on a dozen plays in the session, the defense had sacks by sophomore linebacker Copeland Bryan and two by junior defensive end Carlos Williams, good coverage and no throws on two other plays, plus stopped the lone rushing attempt...

... In a two-minute offensive period, a sack by senior linebacker Matt Molina stopped one drive, sophomore safety Darrell Brooks' interception thwarted another, an illegal procedure call by Mackovic nullified a 30-yard pass from O'Hara to freshman Syndric Steptoe, and sacks by junior linebacker Andre Torrey and redshirt freshman linebacker John McKinney stopped the final drive, ending with the clock running out when O'Hara didn't call a timeout. 'The two-minute drill is game-like, with lots going on and some confusion. The clock ran out. You have to learn that the priority is the clock in those situations. It's the most life-like of all the drills,' Mackovic said...

... The Wildcats put on full pads for the evening practice Monday, and senior place kicker Bobby Gill took his turn, as he hit 4-of-4 field goal attempts under live pressure. He converted on field goals from 30, 30, 35 and 35 yards...

... During the evening team period, Costa completed 7-of-11 passes for 64 yards, and O'Hara completed 6-of-14 passes for 84 yards. Ealy had five receptions, and Williams had two catches. The team session also featured nice running by sophomore running back Mike Bell and true freshman Chris Henry. Junior cornerback Luis Nunez intercepted a Ryan O'Hara pass and continued to make his case for a starting role, entering the final days of training camp as the squad leader in secondary points. Bryan had two sacks during the session, and Matt Molina added another sack. 'We got a lot of good work in tonight. We went a little over time tonight, but we had a chance to combine our pass rush and 7-on-7, which helped to give the quarterbacks a better feel for what it is going to be like,' Mackovic said...

... UA has a solo practice Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the practice facility on campus, two on Wednesday and one on Thursday to tentatively close pre-season drills, including a scrimmage Thursday evening in Arizona Stadium. The team will take the weekend off. Practices have been open to the public but will close starting Monday.

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