12/16 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez met with the media to discuss how busy December is, Scooby Wright, and more. Read on for the latest.

  • This seems to be the busiest time of the year for Arizona football and Rich Rodriguez says that is the case each time the Wildcats make a bowl.

    "Every time you are in a bowl December is probably the busiest time for anyone because it’s not just getting ready for normal kind of game prep, but also because of recruiting," Rodriguez said.

    "There is a dead period coming up, so it will slow down a little bit, but having ten guys in on official visits and we were on the road all last week, so December is really busy.

    "It’s a good busy though, it beats the alternative of watching everybody else play over the holidays."

  • The extended period before Arizona's next game will allow the coaching staff to take a look at the younger players on the roster.

    "We’re doing some, but it is not as much as during spring practice because we have already started Boise prep," Rodriguez said. "We are probably going to do something a little later in the week, a mini scrimmage for the younger guys just to let them compete a little bit."

  • Scooby Wright III took him plenty of awards last week, but Rodriguez is not afraid it will change who Wright is as a person and player.

    "Scooby has won a whole bunch of awards and that is an attribute to him," Rodriguez said. "He has good numbers because he never comes off the field and I am not worried about it going to his head because he has a large head, so he can handle a lot and also he is a hard worker and football is so important to him. I think he will keep getting better.

    "He is the last guy that probably enjoys those chicken dinners and four hour banquets. Most peoples’ banquets aren’t an hour and fifteen minutes like ours, so it is a nice reward for him and I know he appreciates it, but I think he would rather just play ball and go to school."

  • When discussing how far Arizona's defense has come, Rodriguez reflected on his first season in Tucson.

    "I thought maybe the best job our guys ever did defensively was that first year," he said. "I remember in the bowl game I think we started three or four former walk-ons and three or four true freshmen and it was just moving and matching and putting together what we could put together.

    "Those guys competed hard. I would expect us to get better every year and Coach Casteel and the defensive staff do a great job."

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