Reporter: Jason Barr; Sports Director
TUCSON (Arizona Athletics) Following two days of workouts in shorts and helmets, the Arizona football team returned to the practice fields on Saturday evening donning the shoulder pads for the first time.
It was a spirited two-hour practice at Kendall Field/Sancet Stadium.
“I think I saw some good and a lot of bad, but I guess it’s the typical first day,” head coach Rich Rodriguez said when asked about the first day in shells. “I would like for it to be a little crisper and probably offensively we have a little information overload right now, but we will probably reduce the number of plays we are running so hopefully that helps.”
The team opened practice by splitting into offensive and defensive groups for the second straight day with a walkthrough of plays. After splitting into position groups for drills, the special teams got some work in with the field goal unit and the punt team. Following another session of positional drills, the highlight of the day was a near one-hour simulated scrimmage with light contact.
“Our conditioning is about where I thought it would be,” Rodriguez added when asked if the team is getting accustomed to the tempo. “We have 27 more days until we play and it is such a big factor of what we do, not just on offense but in all three phases, so we have to work at that.”