4/18 Arizona Football Notes

Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Monday. Read on for more.

Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Monday and the following are notes from his time with the media:

* As of now, Rich Rodriguez sees the Wildcats using two primary running backs.

“He’s been good,” Rodriguez said of Orlando Bradford. “This spring was important for him. I like to think we have two starting tailbacks. I would like to have three, but with Nick Wilson and Orlando, we have two experienced starting tailbacks. 

“They will push each other. I told both of them that I hope neither one of them have to carry it 45 times a game, but you have to be prepared to do so just in case.”

* Rodriguez met with Anu Solomon this week and gave him one more talk about the current quarterback competition.

“I appeal to his competitiveness,” Rodriguez said. “He is more of a competitor than sometimes he shows, but I said we are all in a situation where we always want to prove ourselves. I hope he feels the same way and he does. 

“I think he will have a great summer and we will have a great competition between him and Brandon Dawkins to be the starter and it may go throughout the season. I think you will see a revived Anu that is ready to compete.”

* The general thought has been that the quarterback position is Solomon’s to lose, but Rodriguez says that is not the case.

“I think when you have somebody’s job to lose, it is almost like he has to screw up,” he said. “It is an open competition everywhere and it has always been that way, but I think it is more of an open competition than the perception this time a year ago. 

“It is not because Anu has slipped, it is because Brandon has gotten better. Anu knows that and so does Brandon. I think we are in a good spot.”

* The NCAA recently got rid of satellite camps and Rodriguez voiced his displeasure at the move.

“I don’t know how that rule passes so quickly,” he said. “Just to table it because some SEC or ACC schools don’t want to have it is not fair to a lot of programs and a lot of coaches and more importantly student athletes. 

“I don't see how it is that detrimental to the game of college football. It is not the end of the world for us, but I think it has been overwhelmingly positive in giving student athletes that may not get a look to give them an opportunity to show they deserve a scholarship.”

* Speaking of scholarships, the new defensive staff has hit the recruiting trail running.

“I thought the change would give us a boost in recruiting and it has been outstanding,” Rodriguez said. “You have to wait until Signing Day or 2-3 years in a program to find out what class we’re really having. 

“We had a recruiting day this past weekend and nearly every player in the state we want was there. We got another recruiting weekend in a couple weeks and we will have 25 really, really good players coming in on unofficial visits. 

“The reception has been outstanding and I think we will have if not the best, one of the best recruiting classes that this school’s put together.”


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