Camp Concludes With Scrimmage

Aug. 22, 2009

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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona football team concluded its 2009 Fall Camp on Saturday evening before a crowd of more than 4,000 in Arizona Stadium for the annual Meet the Team festivities.

Fans were treated to autographs and a 75-play scrimmage that marks the close of fall camp and open practices. Beginning on Monday, UA players begin fall classes and will assume a regular season practice schedule as they begin to focus their attention on the Central Michigan Chippewas in the season opener on Sept. 5.

Stoops' Quick Take on the Action

The defense maintained its reputation as a hard-nosed unit, holding the UA offense to modest numbers, including 347 yards of total offense and just two scores.

Sophomore quarterback Matt Scott was given the reigns of the offense for the first two drives, but couldn't muster more than a first down against the first team defense.

Fellow signal caller Nick Foles was able to spark the offense on the third drive after completing an 18-yard pass to David Douglas on a third-and-long play to keep the chains moving. A 13-yard toss to Keola Antolin out of the backfield and a 22-yard strike to DeWayne Peace set up a big-gainer by Greg Nwoko, who exploded for a 17-yard rush.

In prime scoring position, Foles connected with Bug Wright on a 13-yard throw-and-catch for the first score of evening.

From there, the defense reasserted itself, limiting the offense to just three first downs and no scores in the next three drives.

But, on the seventh series of the scrimmage, a Foles-led offense again found the endzone thanks to a focus on the rushing attack. Antolin picked up eight yards on the first play, then Nwoko gashed the defense for a 36-yard play to put the defense on its heels.

Nic Grigsby added a 10-yard rush and hauled in a five-yard reception to put the Wildcats inside the 10-yard line. Foles then capped the drive with a six-yard scamper into the endzone.

The defense forced consecutive three-and-outs after the score before Scott led the Wildcats down the field on his final drive of the night. Scott connected with Juron Criner for a 40-yard toss down the left boundary to put the Wildcats across midfield.

After a first down, the drive stalled, however. The offense was stuffed on a third-and-short and Alez Zendejas hooked a 37-yard field goal to end the drive.

In all, the UA quarterbacks completed 22-of-38 passes for 196 yards, while the running backs racked up 151 yards on 30 carries.

The Wildcats will be given next couple of days off from the practice field as they await the beginning of the fall semester. Monday marks the first day of classes and the annual Student-Athlete barbeque that welcomes all UA student-athletes back to school.

Mike Stoops will provide his post-camp thoughts on Monday morning as he addresses the media in McKale Center at 11 a.m. Beginning on Tuesday, the Wildcats will resume a regular season practices schedule and will begin implanting their game plan for the season opener, which is two weeks from tonight.

STATISTICS (top totals only)

Passing (22-38-196 yards): Foles 11-16-104 yards (TD); Scott 9-19-85 yards; Beirne 2-3-7 yards

Rushing (30-151 - sacks not included): Nwoko 3-54; Grigsby 6-24; Booth 5-21; Scott 5-20; Antolin 5-17

Receiving: Day 3-20; Antolin 2-32; Douglas 2-27; Booth 2-15; Grigsy 2-10; Turner 2-9; Criner 1-40; Wright 1-13 (TD)

Defense - Leading Tacklers

Parish 4-2-6; Kelley 3-2-5; Young 1-4-5; Wade 2-2-4; Nelson 2-2-4; Horton 1-3-4; Tatum 2-1-3; Golden 1-3-4; V. Tuihalamak 0-4-4

Sacks: C. Hall - 1; J. Washington - 1; J. Powell - 1;


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