11/5 Football Notebook

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez met with the media Tuesday to discuss numerous topics. Read on for his thoughts on the UCLA running game, motivation, and more.

  • Rich Rodriguez has been consistent in saying that a Tuesday practice is the most important of the week and Arizona had a good one this week.

    "It was a pretty good practice," Rodriguez said. "I thought we would have a little bounce in our step and a little spirited. We have been ending every Tuesday with a kind of five minute rookie period and I am glad we are doing it."

  • Although both teams are different this year, Rodriguez did not mince words when talking about last season's loss to UCLA.

    "Certainly what could go wrong went wrong and obviously we were playing poorly and they were playing well," he said. "Next thing you turn around, you're down 21, 28 nothing and you barely got out of the locker room.

    "I was embarrassed and I believe every one of us was embarrassed. Not necessarily because we got beat, but that we played so poorly."

  • It may seem that Ka'Deem Carey has been running more up the middle, but Rodriguez is not sure that is the case.

    "I think it is probably pretty similar honestly," he said. "He has not had as much space as he had at times. I think some of it is how teams are preparing for him.

    "He has good speed. He sometimes gets teased when he gets chased down a little bit, but he is as good as anybody I have ever had in between the tackles of creating space or making people miss in a short window or a short area."

  • Johnathan Franklin was one of the best backs in the country last season and UCLA has done relatively well replacing his production.

    "They are still running it well," Rodriguez said. "They are younger up front, which I guess is the biggest difference. I don't know what Hundley's yards are now compared to this time last year, but I think he has taken off on a lot of big runs for them too."

  • One aspect of Saturday's game that Rodriguez does not anticipate worrying about is motivation.

    "This is an easy one," he said. "If I have to worry about motivating and getting them jacked up for this one then I got the wrong group. I bet I don't have to say anything all week and they will be ready to go on Saturday night."

  • In order to make sure that Arizona does not come out too hyper, Rodriguez chooses to have his team narrow its focus.

    "Instead of thinking about Saturday night now, I want them to think about tomorrow's practice and then after they go through that think about Thursday's practice," he said. "I really try to narrow the focus so they don't think ahead to Saturday night until we get to Friday."


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