8/7 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez showed off his dance moves on Friday afternoon. Read on for more on that, the linebackers, and an intriguing walk-on.

  • Linebacker will likely be one of the strengths on Arizona’s defense and one player making a push for playing time is Jake Matthews.

    “Jake works really hard,” Rich Rodriguez said. “All of our linebackers do, like all our kids do. Jake has gotten bigger and stronger. He is a smart guy, so he has a good concept of what we want to do.

    “We have some experience at linebacker. I think we’re going to be deeper than we have been if we keep everybody healthy, there are five or six guys that will play for us.”

  • There may not be two players that are asked about more than Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware and both continue to make progress.

    “They are in better shape,” Rodriguez said. “Last year they couldn’t make it halfway through practice and I see them still progressing.

    “They are redshirt freshmen, but in a sense this is the first time they have really gotten reps. They have both worked really hard, so I am proud of how the developed. Now we have to see what the next three weeks bring.”

  • Rich Rodriguez was part of a video in which he did the “Nae-Nae” and “Whip” dance and it has reached over 200,000 views in only half a day or so.

    “I got a lot of comments, so it must be out there on social media,” Rodriguez said. “I was hoping they would edit it to like one second. I don’t think I will get invited to Dancing with the Stars or anything like that. I will keep my day job.

    “I watched it one time, I couldn’t stomach watching it again. They missed my best moves. We had a rain delay today, so they wanted me to bust a move for them in the locker room. I just gave them a brief show, but we’re going to have to have an end of camp dance off again. I’ll be ready for it this time.”

  • One of the more intriguing additions Arizona has made is walk-on Malcolm Holland, who is a former baseball player. Holland was committed to Boise State out of high school and the Chandler Hamilton product instead chose to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    “We remember him out of high school,” Rodriguez said. “He is a good player and obviously an older guy having played in the pro organizations. I am excited that he is here. He has a great attitude and is a really good athlete.

    “He hasn't played football in a few years, but just the little bit I have seen in the first week, he has a chance to be a really good player for us. He has good speed and great ball skills, which you would think. He is a smart guy too, so I am tickled to death he is with us.”


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