Arizona Football Training Camp Ends Friday

Aug. 23, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona football team wrapped up 14 days and 22 practices of fall camp Friday afternoon and will get a few days off before preparations move into fast gear on Monday for the Wildcats' season opener Saturday, Aug. 31, at home against Northern Arizona.

The final practice finished without head coach John Mackovic on hand, as the second-year mentor had to leave early to catch a ride to Phoenix for the UA's annual Phoenix Alumni Kickoff Dinner.

Fall Training Camp Notes...

...Senior offensive guard Makoa Freitas will undergo surgery on his right wrist Saturday and is expected to miss up to three weeks, according to coach John Mackovic. Freitas suffered the injury in practice Thursday morning. Freitas said doctors told him he could start pushing techniques possibly within 10 days...

...Senior fullback Joey Willrodt was awarded a scholarship by Mackovic Friday after earning the starting nod in fall camp. He joined the program as a walk-on in spring practice, had a good showing then and since has made significant strides. Willrodt wrested the top job from redshirt freshmen Sean Jones and Antoine Singfield...

...Freshman wide receiver Mike Jefferson had successful knee arthroscopy, also Friday, and Mackovic said the procedure went well. He's expected to miss several weeks...

...Wildcat defensive coaches have penciled in true freshman Marcus Smith as a starting defensive end, in part because of an injury to junior college transfer Andre Torrey, who was slowed in camp by a hip problem and is expected to be out for at least another week. Smith, 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, is one of the most athletic players on the front, Mackovic said...

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