The University of Arizona

Wildcats Football Kicks Off 2012 With First Practices

Arizona Athletics | August 3, 2012
UA football coach Rich Rodriguez officially opened his first season this week.
UA football coach Rich Rodriguez officially opened his first season this week.

After reporting to camp on Aug. 1, the Wildcats hit the field on Aug. 2 for their first 2012 practice. Single-session workouts will run through Aug. 8.

The UA football team during its first practice.
The UA football team during its first practice.
The UA football team during its first practice.
The UA football team during its first practice.

Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez officially opened his first season this week, leading the Wildcats by conducting the team's initial workout of the 2012 campaign on Aug. 2 at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium.

Arizona will follow Thursday's practice, which was conducted in shorts and helmets, with single-session workouts through Aug. 8 before opening the first two-a-day session on Aug. 9.

"I think most of the guys were in pretty good shape, and I think it showed," Rodriguez said. "It's a night and day difference certainly from our first practice in the spring to the first practice now. Our execution wasn't there, but I liked our enthusiasm, and I liked the way we moved around."

The Wildcats are slated to put on shoulder pads for the first time on Aug. 4 before following with full gear next week. Arizona's preseason practice schedule closes with a Meet The Team event on Aug. 19.

Thursday started with team and individual meetings before the season opening two-hour practice got under way.

"I met with seniors as a group yesterday and asked them to take leadership of this team," Rodriguez added. "I saw that today and they did a great job of teaching the freshmen what to do and keeping them engaged in practice."

The Wildcats will take to Arizona Stadium on Sept. 1 to host Toledo. The 7:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

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