Arizona Football in Full Pads for Fourth Practice

March 5, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona football team picked up the pace a bit in 2002 spring training camp drills Tuesday afternoon with a two-hour workout at Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats were in full pads for the first time this spring, as the team continues to install more offense and defense.

'Well, it was our first day in full pads, and we put in a lot of hard work,' said second-year head coach John Mackovic. 'Since we were in full pads, we were able to really block, but we still don't tackle. The pads allow the players to protect themselves so that they really can go hard with the pads.'

The Wildcats worked in several full-line and seven-on-seven passing and rushing sessions with evident enthusiasm, while continuing to pay considerable attention to fundamentals.

Following the team's fourth practice, Mackovic emphasized that the players 'must focus on developing better technique because it is a high priority for every individual and for the team as a whole.'

UA will hold its next practice session at Arizona Stadium on Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m., before taking 11 days off for Spring Break. The Wildcats resume spring drills on Tuesday, March 19, at 4 p.m.

Arizona is allowed 15 spring practices under NCAA guidelines and will conclude sessions with the Spring Game on Saturday, April 6 in Arizona Stadium.

All spring practices are open to the public. Most are scheduled on the practice facility at North Campbell Avenue and Enke Drive, across from McKale Center, but the Spring Game and some other sessions will be held in Arizona Stadium.

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