8/3 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez met with the media after Sunday's practice. Read on for an updated status on Tra'Mayne Bondurant, his thoughts on Davonte' Neal, and more.

  • After leaving the team for a day, Tra’Mayne Bondurant was back at practice, although he only walked the stairs.

    “His status is that he is walking the stairs and doing the discipline and he is going to do that,” Rich Rodriguez said. “He has a certain number of things to do based on Coach Rod and if he does that he will come back and if he doesn’t he won’t.”

    Rodriguez is unsure how long it will take Bondurant to return to action, but he still has some work to do.

    "He reached out to me and we had a couple conversations and I told him if he wants to play football for Arizona this is what he has to do,” he said.

    “Now he has to do a little bit more than he had to do before because he took a day off. If he does it, he will join us. I don’t know how long it will be, a few days, a week, a couple weeks, only the head ball coach is going to determine that.”

  • It takes a while for most freshmen to get acclimated to college football, but there are always exceptions.

    “About six months, unless you are Samajie Grant or Nate Phillips,” Rodriguez said. “It took them about six days. I like our freshmen class though. I think there is some speed in there and they will be competing for some playing time. I would say about half of them will have a chance to play this year.”

  • One of the most impressive Wildcats has been Davonte’ Neal and Rodriguez is excited about his future.

    “Davonte is in great shape,” Rodriguez said. “When he ran in the summer, he wasn’t just beating his times, he was crushing them. He is in great shape. I would think he is hungry just like anybody else that would have to sit out or the freshmen that redshirted.”

  • Arizona’s defensive depth isn’t yet where Rodriguez wants it to be, but it definitely seems to be getting there.

    “I thought our defensive staff was miraculous what they did in the first year,” he said. “Last year we were a little bit deeper, this year we are a little bit deeper.

    “We’re still not quite as deep as we want to be, but I can see us playing a whole lot more guys if we stay healthy. It takes a lot of bodies to play defense in college football just because of all the different schemes you see week to week.”

  • One of the freshmen that look the most physically ready to play is tight end Trevor Wood.

    “We recruited him as a true tight end and he has the size,” Rodriguez said. “Now can he learn and get the strength up because he had a shoulder issue, but I like his athleticism and size. Whether it is this year or some other point, he is going to play for us.”

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