8/4 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez met with the media after Monday's practice. Read on to see what he has to say about Jeff Worthy, the play of the receivers, and more.

  • Arizona continues to look for answers on the defensive line and it appears that Jeff Worthy has made some major progress since the spring.

    “It looks like he is picking up to where he needs to be,” Rich Rodriguez said. “He is a tough guy and he will play. I hope Worthy can do it and I don’t know who else is there to be honest with you. I don’t know if Dwight Melvin is going to play and we have to wait to see Fish (Aiulua Fanene).”

  • Arizona may not be any closer to getting an answer at quarterback and Rodriguez believes that B.J. Denker was ahead of the game at this point last season.

    “B.J. was further ahead and took to coaching well,” Rodriguez said. “Hopefully these guys will do the same thing. I would hope it clicks, progression is not fun.”

  • One of the strengths of Arizona’s offense has also been a disappointment to Rodriguez at the start of camp.

    “I thought the wideouts were average for three days,” he said. “Whoever anointed them one of the best crews, I have not seen it. I’m not overly impressed with any of them right now.”

  • Rodriguez went into detail about his recruiting strategy as it relates to going outside of Arizona’s comfort zone.

    “We cover the west coast pretty good and then southwest Florida,” he said. “Any other areas, if they can make an unofficial visit and they are the right fit for our program, we will recruit them. If they won’t make an unofficial visit, it is hard for us to really show them our program.”

    Rodriguez has been adamant that the speed of play has nothing to do with injuries and a study by the College Football Matrix that came out on Monday supports his claims.

    “I don’t know about all of the studies, but I know I have been doing this for 27 years and it has helped us stay injury free,” Rodriguez said.

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