Alsadek working hard

Jacob Alsadek is in the running for one of the starting spots on the offensive line. Read on to find out what he is doing to improve himself, what he uses for motivation and more.

Arizona's first game is less than a month away and the Wildcats are hard at work preparing for the upcoming season.

With fall camp underway, several players are able to showcase the personal jumps that they have made since breaking spring camp a few months ago.

While the offensive line will consist mainly of returning starters, there is one spot available and one of the frontrunners for that spot is redshirt freshman Jacob Alsadek.

Alsadek has had a good camp so far, but the offensive line as a whole has improved from last season and some of that credit can be taken by the OL Coach, Jim Michalczik.

"Camp is going well and I think the offensive line as a whole is getting better every day," Alsadek said. "Coach M does a really good job in making sure we keep our technique and don't slack off or anything.

"Everything the defense can send at us, every blitz, he makes sure we have an answer for it."

Alsadek redshirted during his first year in Tucson and the experience that he had was eye opening.

"I think last fall was definitely an experience for me," he said. "It was hard and there were days that I wished I was just back home.

"Football is something that I love so much that I wasn't just going to sit there and just take what I was getting."

Long after practice ends, Alsadek sticks around to do individual drills, which is something that he has made a habit of.

"I try to leave the field last every day," Alsadek said. "I just stay out there working on whatever I can. I try to leave the facility last every night. The other day I was there until 10:30 watching film.

"I'm just trying to get out there and work as hard as I can to get on the field. I want to play through anything that comes my way."

The lineman is approaching football with a different mindset this season now that he has had a full season to understand the system.

"I have a different mentality for this camp," he said. "I got a little older and things started clicking for me. I put in the work in the weight room and on the field. Now everything is coming a lot easier to me."

When asked what changed, Alsadek cited one specific film session early on during spring camp that changed his outlook on how he was performing.

"It's crazy to think how far I've come since last year," Alsadek said. "In the spring, we were watching tape from the fall and I was watching myself. I told myself, 'I don't want to be this player. That's not me.'"

"I was scared. It's scary coming out here as a freshman and I could see in the way I was playing.

"I think I've put in a lot of work since then to even have a shot at the starting line up. It's just crazy to think how much of a change I've had mentally and physically."

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