10/15 Football Notebook

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the defense, why Tuesday's practice was different, and more.

  • Luca Bruno is eligible, but the time spent away from practice is making it difficult for him to get ready to contribute.

    "I don't know (if he will play this week), Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "I have to talk to the defensive guys. I think he has been on the scout team most of the week because it is probably going to take him a few weeks to get into it, but we will see what happens. It is early so far."

  • Arizona's hardest practice of the week is typically on a Tuesday and Rodriguez was happy with the effort as compared to the last few practices.

    "It was the best Tuesday we had in a few weeks," he said. "I wasn't happy with the last couple of ones, but today was a little bit better, little bit shorter. We went live with the young guys, let them go about ten minutes of live scrimmaging and that always gets the guys fired up. I was pleased with the intensity."

  • One of Arizona's biggest challenges defensively will be containing Utah quarterback Travis Wilson. Wilson struggled against UCLA, but his effort against Stanford was a big reason why the Utes came up with the win.

    "That's a guy that played a lot as a young guy last year and had some success, but he is even better this year," Rodriguez said of Wilson. "He is a big, physical guy, can run, got a strong arm. He's really taken to some of the new stuff they are doing offensively.

    "There was a lot of bad luck (against UCLA) I'd call it. There were tipped balls, balls hit right in the receivers' hands would tip up or a guy got a hand up at the last minute and tipped a ball up. I think four or five of them were tipped balls. We're hoping we get some of that luck on Saturday."

  • In order to contain Wilson and the rest of the Utah offense, Arizona is going to have to play much better than it did against USC.

    "It was real disappointing," Rodriguez said. "We didn't tackle well; we didn't get off blocks as well. The disappointing part is that we thought we had a pretty good idea where they were going. We just didn't make the plays like we can."

  • Rodriguez attributes the offensive success against USC to being able to get into a rhythm, but still points to one aspect as being disappointing.

    "We anticipated better in the second half," he said. "We had some open things in the first half, we missed them. We got in a rhythm. When B.J. got in a rhythm there and we got a few big plays, it kind of snowballed.

    "I thought our intensity was good in the end, but it should have been like that for four quarters and I've got to do a better job of making sure they come out of the locker room with that kind of intensity."


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