First day of Fall Camp successful

Arizona kicked off Fall Camp on Thursday. Click inside for the breakdown of what happened, the reaction, and more.

Thursday kicked off Fall Camp and it seemed to be business as usual for Arizona, as the team is already focused on the upcoming season.

One of the key aspects of Fall camp is that it allows competition at each position, which is something that Arizona head coach Mike Stoops makes clear.

"Everybody has got a chance," Stoops said. "Certainly we feel like we have a lot to prove and a very good football team."

The practice started with position drills, with much of the focus being on special teams. Players such as Garic Wharton, Keola Antolin, David Douglas, and Trevin Wade all received an opportunity to try their hand at fielding punts.

After position drills, the team was divided into two 7-on-7 competitions, with the main rotation plays in one group and the scout team in the other.

We kept an eye on the main rotation players on Thursday and the names that you would expect to stand out did just that.

After an incomplete pass to Gino Crump, Nick Foles found him for a short gain. He then found Juron Criner for similar yardage before going a little deeper and completing a pass to him over Trevin Wade.

Matt Scott then took the field and Mark Watley tipped his first pass attempt, but he was able to find Dan Buckner on the next play before throwing two straight incompletions and giving way to Foles.

Foles threw two incompletions of his own, but found Crump and then Buckner for short gains, as Scott quickly came back in.

After throwing an incompletion, there was some miscommunication between Scott and his receiver, as the ball was thrown directly to Lyle Brown for an interception.

Scott bounced back by completing passes to Austin Hill and Criner to end his sequence and allow Foles to come back on the field.

Foles completed four straight passes, with one each going to Richard Morrison, Criner, Buckner, and Terrence Miler.

Scott came in for his last set of downs and after throwing an incomplete pass, was sacked due to great coverage and ended with a short pass to Terris Jones.

Foles' last set of downs consisted of a deep pass to Crump, who made a fantastic grab down the field. Foles then found Antolin and Daniel Jenkins for a short gain before ending with an incomplete pass.

After the 7-on-7 drill, the team moved to an 11-on-11 and the intensity picked up almost right away. Foles hit Jenkins on a swing pass and then executed a perfect play action pass to Austin Hill.

Two plays later, Scott was in and connected with David Douglas for a solid gain. On the next play, Aiulua Fanene put pressure on Scott and forced him to throw it short. A short pass to Jenkins and an incompletion allowed Foles to get back on the field, but C.J. Parish tipped Foles' first pass and Jonathan McKnight had a pick six.

Foles recovered by finding Jenkins short and then giving to Kylan Butler for a nice gain on the ground. Foles connected with Buckner and Morrison on the next two plays and Scott found Butler short to keep the momentum going.

Scott stayed in to gain a handful of yards on a running play and then found Austin Hill before being sacked by Parish.

Arizona went to the ground a bit as Jenkins and Butler both got opportunities, but did not do a lot with it.

Foles then found Morrison for a short gain and Daxx Garman came in for a set of downs, as he found Criner for a nice gain on a slant pattern.

The team closed practice with a two-minute drill that started with a run by Foles and a completion to Douglas.

After two incomplete passes, Foles was sacked by Parish and the first session of Fall Camp was completed.

Overall, Stoops was pleased with the team's effort and energy on Thursday.

"When we hit the field for the first time, it is like we can play a game in a week's period of time," Stoops said. "Having consistency in your program I think helps your players a great deal."


  • Jake Fischer, Adam Hall, Greg Nwoko and tackle Willie Mobley all sat out practice as they recover from offseason knee surgeries.

  • Cortez Johnson sat out practice for unspecified reasons.

  • Stoops indicated that there are players that will have an opportunity to come in this year and play.

    "I think we added some quality players in this past recruiting class that can really help us this year," Stoops said. "It is too early to tell right now, but I think there are some players that will be able to help us. "We have some young guys that have really stepped up in (Tyler) Slavin and (Austin) Hill, Garic Wharton, guys that we redshirted a year ago.

    Patrick Onwuasor is a new good player and with the running backs, Kadeem (Carey). Those guys are all vying for time, so I think there is a lot of competition."

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