Arizona Football has first day in full pads

Arizona football had its first day in full pads on Monday. Read on to see what Rich Rodriguez had to say about how the day went and more.

  • Arizona had its first full day in pads on Monday and Rich Rodriguez was happy with the results.

    “It wasn’t bad,” Rodriguez said. “We had probably 25 minutes of live situations and then some one-on-one live stuff. I thought they competed pretty well, but we have a long way to go. I am sure any coach would tell you that.

    “I think more than anything it is a chance for us to evaluate. We’re tired of teaching and the fundamental part is important, but more than anything we get a week of evaluation. We have a lot of good film to watch and evaluate from today.”

  • One player with high expectations is wide receiver Cayleb Jones, who has already put together an impressive camp.

    “It is his second year playing, so he has experience now,” Rodriguez said. “He has had a pretty good camp to date. He is a competitive guy and he has all the things you would want.

    “He has size, speed, tremendous ball skills. He has been a go to guy, but he will be a better player this year.

    “He is serious about getting better. Some guys are pretty good players and they are happy just to kind of ride it out, but Cayleb is sincere about getting better and I think he has.”

  • Reggie Gilbert is in his last season at Arizona and has been more active as a leader.

    “I think for Reggie, he has truly enjoyed the experience and I think he is in the best shape of his career,” Rodriguez said. “He is kind of a quiet guy, but he has taken on a leadership role. He has been a pretty good player for us, but we need for him to be a great player.

    “I think he is positioned to be one of the best players at his position in the league and frankly one of the keys to our team this year.”

  • Tra’Mayne Bondurant gained the reputation of being Arizona’s biggest playmaker, but who does Rodriguez believe will take his place now?

    “Will Parks has some of the same things that Tra’Mayne has,” he said. “Tellas Jones has some of those same qualities. I think a guy like Jamar Allah, who has played a lot of football for us and is in good shape. I think Jamar has to have a good year for us.”

  • One young player that Rodriguez hopes steps up is sophomore corner Cam Denson.

    “He’s just bigger and stronger,” Rodriguez said. “He got bounced around last year because he was 170 pounds, 165, so when he first started benching I think he just had the bar.

    “Now he’s got a couple plates on the side, so it is a little more impressive. I don’t know if he is wearing sleeveless shirts yet, but he has gotten a lot bigger and he’s got great athletic ability.”

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