Kern ready for Arizona

Josh Kern is hoping to come in and make an impact at Arizona. Read on for when he arrives, what his plans are, and more.

The Arizona football spring game is generally an event where many high school prospects come to visit and check out the university as well as the football program. It also serves as an opportunity for players who have already signed their letters of intent to come out and observe their new team in action.

Quarterback Josh Kern from San Antonio (Tex.) Tom C. Clark took the trip to Tucson to visit the campus, watch the scrimmage, and become more familiar with UA's new coaching staff. As for the spring game, Kern came away impressed with how quickly the players are adapting to the new scheme on the offensive side of the ball.

"The offense looked extremely fluid," Kern said. "I was surprised at how fast the guys picked up the offense. The beginning of the game started off a little slow like you would expect, but by the end of the game they were moving the ball real well and they looked good."

Kern is encouraged by the development of the offense, but he is enthused with the play of the defense as well.

Aside from the game, Kern took the time to speak with the new staff and go over a few things to expect once it's time for him to start practicing at the college level.

"We went in and went over some film," Kern said. "Trying to learn a little myself and trying to pick up the offense."

Kern was originally recruited by the previous coaching staff and when former quarterback coach Frank Scelfo wasn't retained, Kern was a bit discouraged. The new staff had work to do with Kern and it wasted no time in ensuring Kern that he was apart of their plans.

"When it first happened I was pretty upset," Kern said. "I really like coach Scelfo, but this staff came in and they've been doing great. I have established relationships with them really quickly and they did a really good job on establishing the relationship really fast.

"I feel good just like I did with the previous coaching staff, which is great."

This was Kern's first visit to the Arizona campus without family, so it allowed him to take in the experience from a different angle.

"This was the first time I went up there without my parents," Kern said. "It was more of the actual feel of living alone, which was nice."

Kern will arrive on campus for good in less than two months. Once he gets to Tucson, he expects to be ready to compete immediately.

"I think my moving date is the 23rd of June," Kern said. "The 24th I get my physicals and stuff like that. I am going to be ready to go as soon as I get there."

Kern understands that, as a true freshman, playing time could be hard to come by. With a senior quarterback in Matt Scott leading the way and a JUCO transfer in as Scott's backup, Kern is likely going to have to sit and wait for his opportunity to arise. No matter what the staff wants from Kern, he is willing to accommodate their wishes.

"I am willing to do whatever they need me to do," Kern said. "If they need me to red shirt then I'm willing to red shirt, but of course coming in I want to play. I am going to do my best in practice to pick up the offense and learn it quickly. Whatever they feel is best for me I am all for it."

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