Cats Turn in Solid Morning Workout

Aug. 19, 2008


TUCSON -- The Arizona football team donned only shoulder pads as it spent Tuesday morning preparing for the scrimmage tomorrow night at Arizona Stadium which will be the final workout before the team begins game specific preparation for Idaho. The practice went as usual with stretching, station drills, some special teams, seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 periods.


Like yesterday, the offense focused on running the ball during the middle drill period.  Each running back took two carries then rotated. The rotation consisted of Nic Grigsby, Xavier Smith, Keola Antolin and Nick Booth. Even quarterbacks Willie Tuitama and Matt Scott had a couple rushes.


During the seven-on-seven passing segment, Tuitama picked up where he left last night, completing 13 passes in 15 attempts for 148 yards and a touchdown. Tuitama hit freshman David Douglas over the middle for a 42-yard touchdown. The leading receiver was redshirt freshman David Veal, who finished with two catches for 39 yards. On the defensive side,  freshman Robert Golden broke up a pass that was intended to wide out Terrell Turner.


Scott finished the seven-on-seven session completing five passes in seven attempts for 28 yards. He hooked up with five different receivers, with the longest completion going to A.J. Simmons for 12 yards.


During the extended 11-on-11 period, Tuitama completed 14 passes in 24 attempts for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown came when Tuitama hit Tuner over the middle for a 48-yard touchdown. The next touchdown came when Tuitama connected with freshman Juron Criner on the left side for a 46-yard touchdown.


Even though the offense had its share of big plays, it was the defense that made a huge stand. Five different defenders, including Lolomana Mikaele, Xavier Kelly, Ricky Elmore, D’Aundre Reed and Golden, registered a whistle “sack.” The defense, in the blue jerseys, had four batted balls – one by Mikaele, one by Kaniela Tuipulotu and two by senior Adrian McCovy.


Scott struggled during his snaps during the team period, completing only one pass in nine attempts for 13 yards. The lone reception was to redshirt freshman David Roberts. Mikaele and redshirt junior Josh Lewis each broke up a pass at the line of scrimmage.


Arizona will take tonight off and practice tomorrow morning. Arizona will have an open scrimmage tomorrow night at 6 p.m. in Arizona Stadium. It will be open to the public.


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