Arizona Fall Training Camp

Aug. 8, 2001

Arizona opened its 2001 fall football training camp Wednesday morning withan early morning mile run on the campus practice field and a 90-minuteworkout at the UA's Rincon Vista activity fields south of campus.

'It is always good to shake out the cobwebs. We were able to get somethings done, but we will get much more done this afternoon,' said headcoach John Mackovic following the morning session.

Wide receivers Andrae Thurman and Bobby Wade posted times of 5:43 to leadall teammates in the mile. Coach John Mackovic prescribed maximum times ofsix to seven minutes for the various position players. Others doing wellfor their groups included defensive back Jarvie Worcester, tight endsJustin Levasseur and James Hugo and offensive linemen Reggie Sampay and StevenGrace, among others.

Players enjoy some shade and evaporative cooling during breaks at camp inan effort to combat problems with the Tucson heat.

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'Some ran very well, and some didn't. I haven't had a chance to look atany of the times, but we will make a better assessment later in the day,'Mackovic said.

The full team was together in shorts for the first time in late morningdrills at Rincon Vista to open two-a-days. Quarterbacks performed decentlyin skeleton passing action, with newcomer Nic Costa completing 3-of-3passes for 15 yards, No. 1 Jason Johnson completing 4-of-7 for 20 yards,Cliff Watkins 2-of-6 for 20 yards and walk-on Jesse Gran an even 3-of-3 for40 yards. The team's fifth quarterback, John Rattay, was completing summerschool and had to leave practice early.

'Well, I am certainly glad that we are not going to play our first gametomorrow,' Mackovic said. 'We are a long ways away from being ready, butthe players are happy to finally be out on the field, and once we get intothe routine, it's like auto pilot.'

Jarvie Worcester and Bobby Wade posted the best times in the team's milerun to open the first day of full-team fall football camp.

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Arizona will hold camp until Aug. 18, with twice daily practices scheduledon all but three of the days until then.

Coaches and medical staff have erected a large tent on the practice fieldto help players stay cool and hydrate periodically in the shade in the100-degree Tucson weather.

'This is a much better environment than a lot of places throughout thecountry. The heat and humidity are lower, and I don't think it is any worsethan any place else,' Mackovic said.

The heat took a toll on three players in the morning mile run, despitestarting at 6:30 a.m. Safety Brandon Nash, linebacker Joe Siofele andcornerback Jermaine Chatman, all expected starters, were held out of mostof the practice action two hours later.

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