Football Training Camp Ends Friday

Aug. 22, 2003

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

... After two weeks of a rigorous training camp schedule, the University of Arizona football team closed camp Friday afternoon with a light workout in the UA practice facility on campus. 'We got a lot done, and we had a very productive training camp. We will be ready to go on Monday,' said head coach John Mackovic...

... Arizona will begin game-week preparations in earnest on Monday, Aug. 25, at 7:45 p.m., for the team's season opener versus UTEP. All practices during the season will be closed to the public...

... The Wildcats received good news on the final day of camp, as sophomore running back Beau Carr returned to the team after finishing up some academic work. 'Beau is back, but he is very behind. He will have to do the five days (without pads). He will be eligible to dress next week, but he won't play,' Mackovic said...

... Following Friday's final practice, Mackovic cited some true freshmen that are likely to earn playing time during the season. 'We have some young freshmen that have shown they are ready to play right now. On offense, we have Anthony Johnson, Chris Henry, Peter Graniello, and the two quarterbacks, Kris Heavner and Richard Kovalcheck. On defense, we have Wilrey Fontenot, Dane Krogstad and Clifton Stanford,' he said...

... The Wildcats ended training camp with a limited number of injuries. Sophomore offensive tackle Tanner Bell and redshirt freshman offensive guard John Parada sustained knee injuries in the opening days of camp. Bell is expected to return to action within the next few weeks. Junior linebacker Kirk Johnson missed the last week of camp after suffering a slight sprain in his left knee during Saturday's scrimmage. Freshman defensive lineman Cedric Cofer underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right leg and will redshirt the season. Several regulars were held out of contact drills during the week with minor injuries, but Mackovic expects them to be ready to return to practice next week.

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