Kelley looking for playing time

There are high expectations for Kyle Kelley going into the season. Read on for his thoughts on them, his possible role, and more.

Arizona's defensive has undergone a makeover since last season. With the introduction of Jeff Casteel as defensive coordinator, the scheme has changed from a 4-3 to a 3-3-5.

The key with that is having one less defensive lineman. That leaves one less spot to be fought for and increases competition for the other positions.

However, one freshman in particular has been getting some playing time with first string during practice.

Kyle Kelley, a 6-foot-3, 243-pound defensive lineman has impressed coaches and teammates so far during the season and is looking to get on the field in his first campaign. His main focus is getting used to playing at the next level.

"It's been pretty good so far," Kelley said. "I'm still getting used to the college speed and the players."

Kelley wasn't really sure how the camp was going to progress, but tried to prepare his self however he could.

"I was expecting better players," he said. "There's going to be a bigger offensive line, faster quarterbacks, and stronger running backs. The tasks are harder to complete and getting in the backfield isn't as easy as in high school."

The difficulty of the competition is new to all of the freshmen and is something that Kelley is still trying to get used to.

"I knew it was going to be hard, but it is a little harder than I thought it would be," he said. "I was expecting the speed to be up there, but I'm not sure that I was ready for it being this fast."

Kelley has played with the starting group at times during the course of camp and it has given him confidence going forward into the season.

"It feels pretty good to play with the ones in practice," he said. "I hope that I can get some playing time even though I just came in. I have to see how it plays out within the next few weeks."

Getting thrown into the mix can be hard for a freshman that is still learning and understanding the new skills that the coaches are trying to teach.

Kelley has tried to keep up with the learning curve, but admits that there are still things he is working on.

"I've learned a lot about techniques on run blocking and how to recognize that," Kelley said. "The biggest thing they've been on me about is learning techniques."

The coaches have been tough on all of the players during camp trying to make them better. The defensive lineman thinks that the coaches are only doing their jobs to prepare the team for the season.

"I like the coaches a lot," Kelley said. "They're great guys and they know how to motivate our players.

"I really like the way that they get after us. It's going to help us be successful."

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