11/11 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Tuesday. Read on to see what he had to say about Tyrell Johnson, offensive strategy against Washington, and more.

  • With Nate Phillios out for the year due to a foot injury, Tyrell Johnson will have an opportunity to step up and contribute more.

    "He’s a physical guy," Rich Rodriguez said. "He’s not real big right now, he’s still young, but he’s not afraid to stick it up in there. When you have a return guy, a fast guy like that, that will hit it up in there, it gets even more frustrating when we don’t break him loose. I think it is a matter of time for him because he’s got the ability."

  • Considering how strong Washington's defensive line is, it would not be a surprise to see Arizona go to the air more.

    "Probably," Rodriguez said when asked if Arizona will throw more. "You’re talking about a front seven as good as anybody in the country. Two or three of them being first round picks. It’s a great challenge and I think our guys up front will see that."

  • The Wildcats will be kicking off at 1:30 and Rodriguez is happy with the day start.

    "I do (like it) and the staff does," he said. "I think the players like the night games because there’s some energy there, but we have played so many that I think sometimes, especially this time of year, they are ready to just get up and play."

  • When asked if he was happy that friend Chris Petersen joined the Pac-12, Rodriguez joked that he should have stayed at Boise State.

    "Hell no, I wanted him to hire a bunch of sorry coaches that ain’t got a clue," Rodriguez said. "We have a collection of some of the best there is.

    "Peterson should have kept his butt in Boise. Are you kidding me? I don’t know what he was thinking. He’s doing a great job, he will do a great job there. He has a great staff and if you look at his record, he is a first ballot Hall of Famer in my opinion."

  • Arizona makes a weekly habit of helping out in the community, which makes the Wildcats' coach proud of his team.

    "We talk to them a little bit and award our guys for community service, but they do all that with the Athletic Department on their own and I am really proud of them," Rodriguez said.

    "There is a different group of guys every week, seven, eight, ten guys that do it and they do it on their free time just out of the goodness of their heart. I’m really proud of them for it."

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