Bruno looking to make an impact

It was a bit of a surprise when freshman Luca Bruno appeared on the two deep. Read on to see his reaction, why he has earned playing time, and more.

It's often difficult for a defensive lineman to contribute as a freshman, but it appears that Luca Bruno will do just that, as he was recently listed on the two-deep.

"Everything is going pretty good," Bruno said. "There is a lot of depth going on. I am trying to work on my stuff and I feel everything is going pretty good right now."

Although life as a freshman has not been easy, Bruno says that he enjoys the increase in the amount of work necessary.

"It's a little harder," he said. "It's a grind every day here and that is how they like it, being comfortable being uncomfortable. I really love that here and I get how that works because in a game you don't want to be uncomfortable when you are in a bad situation. It is a lot more than high school, but I like it like that."

Bruno feels that he has impressed the coaching staff for numerous reasons, including the fact that he is working hard on what he knows while trying to learn more.

"Coach Kirlav's big thing is aggression and going hard every play and I am trying to not take off any plays," Bruno said. "I am going 100 percent every play, but there are also things I am still working like getting low and getting those technical things down. Once I do get them down, there could be some good things happening."

The defensive lineman admits that he did not have any expectations upon arriving at Arizona, but his hard work has paid off.

"I did not expect to play," he said. "I felt like if I worked my hardest I would see what happened from there and here we are."

With the first game of his collegiate career only one day away, Bruno can't help but be a little nervous for what is to come.

"It kicked in probably in the past few days," Bruno said. "I feel like we are getting ready and hoping to do really well.

"For being a freshman, I feel there is no way to avoid being nervous. I just don't want to mess up on any plays. I am studying them and trying to get everything down, but as a freshman in front of 40,000 or 50,000 fans, you are going to be a little nervous."

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