Bondurant trying to improve

There are high expectations for Tra'Mayne Bondurant this season. Read on to see how he is trying to meet them, what he thinks of the new defense, and more.

Tra'Mayne Bondurant came to Tucson less than a year ago, trying to find a role in Arizona's depleted defense. It took him a while, but midway through the 2011 season, the defensive back found his way onto the field and started making plays.

He had his breakout game in the Wildcat's rout of UCLA, with 8 tackles, all solo. After that, the true freshman averaged 7 tackles a game for the remainder of the season.

Now, Bondurant is a sophomore and is looking forward to his team's overall improvement this season. He started spring drills while recovering from a flu-like sickness. However, with the Spring Break and a few extra days of practice, he is back to 100-percent.

"Spring is going good," Bondurant said. "I finally got myself back from being sick and everything."

Saturday, the Wildcats had their second intra-squad scrimmage of the Rodriguez era. Bondurant saw plenty of playing time and had a few tackles. His main focus, however, was not making very many mistakes.

"It was way better than last time," Bondurant said. "We still have a little mistakes. We still have to to get better. As far as progressing every day, we are getting better."

When asked what he was trying to improve on most, Bondurant gave his answer and then turned the focus to his team.

"I'm trying to work on my ball skills and footwork," he said. "Everything really. There's nothing I'm perfect at and there's nothing that any of us are perfect at out here. So we are all just trying to work on anything and everything."

The sophomore is excited about the new defense and the new coaches. He was fond of some of the old coaches, but enjoys the new defensive schemes that he is playing in with Jeff Casteel leading the defense.

"The 3-3-5 is a great adjustment for me. I like the defense," he said. "It gives a lot of people on defense the opportunities to make big plays. I think it's a good system for our team.

"I love the coaches. They're very professional and practice is very well put together. They scream at you like all coaches, especially Monday, but we all know it's for the good. We all know what's best for us and the coaches are best right now."

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