9/17 Football Notebook

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the status of Jesse Scroggins, the offensive line, and more.

  • Rich Rodriguez watched the tape of the UTSA game and saw room for improvement.

    "I think we made some improvements to certain areas and other areas we still have a ways to go," Rodriguez said. "We were more aggressive at times up on the offensive line, but then our technique wasn't good at times and we lunged and missed some blocks.

    "Defensively we were solid, but we gave up some third down conversions too, so we need this open week to get a little bit better and hone up some things."

  • Arizona went off the normal bye week schedule a bit, as it started preparation for the Washington game.

    "Normally you would wait until the end of the week, but I think we need to start right away, so we actually started Sunday and are doing some every day this week that we're practicing," he said.

    "They changed their offense a little bit and I think they have changed some things they are doing defensively a little bit too, so we have gotten a head start on them."

  • Last season, Rodriguez often talked about being relevant and while he has not mentioned it yet this season, he does admit a win over Washington would give the program some attention.

    "It is a national showcase thing on national TV; it is going to be a tough environment," he said. "They are going to be ranked because I am sure they will win this week, so it is an opportunity for us to make ourselves more notable."

  • Quarterback Jesse Scroggins did not dress for the UTSA game and Rodriguez confirmed that is was discipline related.

    "It was a coach's decision, but he is working hard trying to get back in it," Rodriguez said. "He has to do all the right things and he is very conscientious, so we will see."

  • Scroggins is behind on the depth chart for numerous reasons, but much of it has to do with the amount of reps he has taken..

    "I knew he was going to be behind because he missed so many reps in spring and then he missed a lot of reps in the beginning of camp too with a concussion," Rodriguez said.

    "That put him further behind and when you get behind, the train is not slowing down. We're going to keep going."

  • The offensive line has taken some criticism in the first three games. It has not played poorly, but was expected to be one of the strengths of the offense.

    "I just think we can play better fundamentally at times," Rodriguez said. "Coach Michalczik is working his butt off to get them to be more consistent on our fundamentals and it is not really complicated what we are asking them to do. It is still a work in progress, but they have done some good things too."

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