“There wasn’t a guy out here that played for Arizona that didn’t look soft today,” Rodriguez said Wednesday.
“I’m just telling it like it is. I tell you when they do good and today they didn’t do as well. They will get better. I think it is important to them.”
Although some may think days such as Wednesday are inevitable, Rodriguez does not believe that to be the case.
“I don’t chalk it up to that,” he said. “I just don’t think the intensity was as good as it can be and these guys know it. They are pretty conscience.
“They know it can be better and we have a lot of time to get it better. We had 21 periods and 17 of them dealt with competition.
“You would think if you are a young guy that is competing that you would be fired up about it. It wasn’t an intensity not just at a Pac-12 level, but a college football level in my opinion.”
Instead of pointing fingers, Rodriguez chose to take the blame for the lack of intensity.
“I’ve got the whistle,” he said. “You can you look at the seniors and all that, but that’s our job.
“If the intensity is not what it is, then we have failed as coaches. I don’t put it on players. They all have to get through practice and that’s my job.”
“It usually takes about two and a half weeks,” he said. “I think when you get a week and a half before a game you kind of have a tentative depth chart.
“Then all of a sudden a guy may surprise you during the season. Most of the time with a freshman, you have to get it before school starts because then they get swamped with everything else.”
“I don’t know if we have done a whole lot, but Sammy is a quick learner,” Rodriguez said. “I think he has good instincts and that is because he grew up around it. I think he is probably one of the freshmen that will wind up playing a little bit this year.”