Practice Report April 10th

It was a beautiful night for football and a small crowd of Wildcat fans agreed. The biggest group of fans yet to attend a UA spring practice came out and watched the team go through a situational scrimmage.

The Cats had yet another practice jam packed with information. Coaches keep installing a lot of new things and the young Wildcats are doing their best to absorb it all.

The Cats finished practice with a series of red zone, scoring situations pitting the offense versus the defense with the defense having a short field to defend. The offense did a good job of cracking the endzone. The prettiest play of the evening came when Ryan O'Hara found Ricky Williams in the corner on a nice timing pattern.

Head coach John Mackovic indicated that he tried to keep an even mix of run and pass in an effort to get the units a good variety of work. Mackovic said that he hopes to have the running game play a bigger role close to the goal line.

"We hope to run the ball in more than in the past," Mackovic said. "We need to be more physical to run right at the defense."

The Cats had a few good runs. Both Mike Bell and Gilbert Harris were especially impressive.

The quarterback battle seems to be very even. Both passers have showed a lot of promise and Mackovic said he does not expect to name a starter in the spring.

As usual special teams were on display. The field goal unit was put through the paces with mixed results. Neither Bobby Gill nor Nick Folk looked comfortable as each worked with a number of different holders and snappers. The Cats are still trying to find replacements for Jason Johnson and Ben DalMolin, last year's holder and long snapper.

*Several family members and high school coaches were in attendance. Several members of the Mesa Westwood staff observed practice. Bobby Wade and Clarence Farmer were also on hand.

*The Cats brought out a portable goal post so the kickers could work with the yard lines and hash marks. Normally the kickers kick at a set of permanent goal posts with a net behind it to keep balls inside the practice field. There was no net behind the portable posts and a number of balls sailed out of the field forcing the training staff to retrieve them from the pathway between the practice field and Sancett Field.

*The Cats will hold the Red & Blue game on Saturday at 1:00. A skills competition for kids will be held before the game. Registration must be in by Friday.

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