Utah Week Notebook

There is plenty of news surrounding Arizona football right now. Read on for a notebook that includes the status of Matt Scott, Terrence Miller, and more.

Preparation for Utah has started and the tone of Arizona's practice on Tuesday was described as intense.

  • The status of Matt Scott will be the main question surrounding Arizona football throughout the week. Rodriguez joked when asked and would not give much of an update on his status.

    "Matt did the same he did the other day," Rodriguez said. "Matt is progressing very well, stay tuned."

  • Days after Ka'Deem Carey broke numerous records, the offensive line continues to be focused on plenty.

    "I think at times they have been pretty consistent," Rich Rodriguez said. "I don't think we have pressed the line of scrimmage as much as I like. We're not as strong upfront, but that group probably has much pride as anybody we have and that is good."

  • There have been plenty of injuries to Arizona this season and although Rodriguez likes to be quiet on most of them, he did comment on the status of wide receiver Terrence Miller.

    "We probably will seek one for Terrence when the season is over because he has not redshirted, so he is one we hope we can get," Rodriguez said. "We were hoping that he would get back for two or three games in the regular season, but that does not look like the case."

  • One reason for the intensity being raised is the belief of the coaching staff that Saturday may be the biggest overall challenge of the season.

    "We're going to get challenged both mentally and physically Saturday," he said. "Our mental and physical toughness will be challenged."

    In order for Arizona to meet that challenge, Rodriguez believes that he needs to make the players as uncomfortable as possible.

    "My whole talk to them today was that we have to learn to be uncomfortable and enjoy being uncomfortable," he said.

  • In addition, Rodriguez believes that there is more emotion in college football than the NFL due in large part to the maturity of those involved.

    "There is probably more emotion in college football than there is in the NFL," Rodriguez said. "You would think it would be easy for guys to get up for just 12 or 13 Saturdays, but inevitably it isn't. Kids sometimes for whatever reason tend to let down."

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