Football Training Camp Notes - Day 13

Aug. 19, 2003

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

... After 13 days of training camp, the University of Arizona football team has completed 16 practice sessions, with two days remaining on the schedule before game-week preparations begin for the season opener against UTEP on Saturday, Aug. 30. 'We did not have as good a focus today. We were sluggish this afternoon. We have guys who are a little nicked up, so they are getting some rest, and the young guys are getting some time to get more reps. We did some work coming off the goal line and the scoring zone. The defense was a little better, but the offense was off, and they just didn't click very much today,' said head coach John Mackovic.

... The Wildcats are scheduled to hold the last day of double sessions Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 7:05 a.m. and 7:05 p.m., with both practices to be held at the Rincon Vista facility.

... Following Tuesday's practice, head coach John Mackovic announced to local media members that senior wide receiver Andrae Thurman has been ruled ineligible for the 2003 season. Thurman, a native of Avondale, Ariz., was listed as Arizona's top returning wide receiver and finished the 2002 season at No. 9 on UA's career receptions list with 105 and No. 11 in career yards with 1,530. Thurman was the second-leading receiver behind Bobby Wade last season and finished the year with 61 receptions for 915 yards, and three touchdowns. Mackovic also said that junior defensive tackle David Sharp, a junior college transfer, has been ruled academically ineligible for the season, as well. Sharp was one of two junior college transfers who participated in spring drills in April. 'We have been practicing without them, and we will continue to prepare without them like we have all through training camp. Andrae is a good receiver who has had some great catches over the last few years, so we definitely will miss someone like that, but everyone has the responsibility to take care of his own eligibility. But, Lance Relford has done a nice job for us, and Ricky Williams has really stepped up all through training camp,' Mackovic said.

... Mackovic also announced today that scholarships have been awarded to senior punter James Molina and senior defensive back Lee Patterson. Molina, who finished with a 36.7 yards-per-punt average in 2002, has had good hang time in live-pressure drills and has been more consistent during training camp. Molina, a prep quarterback at Tucson's Pueblo High School, also appears to be the top holder, replacing former quarterback Jason Johnson. Patterson, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., played in three games last season and saw action in his first career game at Washington in 2003 when Jarvie Worcester went out with an injury. Molina joined the team as a walk-on in spring 2002, and Patterson joined the team as a walk-on in spring 2001...

... Senior walk-on Tim Taylor, of San Antonio, Texas, has moved from linebacker to fullback, according to Mackovic. Taylor, who joined the team last August, worked at fullback as a member of the scout team last season but switched to linebacker at the beginning of spring practice in April. 'Tim is a senior, and he felt that he could contribute more at fullback. He decided to switch because he feels more comfortable there,' Mackovic said...

... After two-a-day sessions on Wednesday, the Wildcats have one practice on Thursday, Aug. 21 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, Aug. 25.

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