Arizona Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez recently participated in a Pac-12 conference call. Read on for complete quotes.

Rich Rodriguez recently took part in a Pac-12 conference call and discussed the following topics:

* Arizona started to put in its new defense, but it never became the full focus of spring ball.

“We put some new schemes in, some new terminology,” Rodriguez said. “Our biggest emphasis in spring practice was more fundamentally based on offense and defense. We did team periods, but not a lot of them. 

“Probably the least amount of team periods that we’ve ever done in the spring. We got some base introductions to some of the new terminology scheme-wise, but most of our emphasis this spring was on fundamentals.”

* Once fall camp begins, Rodriguez an company won’t hesitate to start to put the new plays in.

“We’ll start right away in camp from day one,” he said. “ We’ll continue with the fundamentals because there’s so many young guys that are going to be playing for us. 

“We’ll certainly have a plan, an installation plan, beginning with the first day of August practice.”

* At one point satellite camps were banned, but the NCAA quickly changed its mind. Rodriguez was one of the more vocal opponents of the satellite camp ban.

“Here we go again: A rule is passed without a whole lot of input from coaches and what our opinion is as a group,” Rodriguez said.

“The sudden swiftness of an overturn or a new rule seems to come up every spring. Hopefully we’ll get that corrected in the future.”

* One of the main focuses of camp was freshman Khalil Tate and his performance so far has drawn compliments.

“He’s definitely going to play quarterback,” Rodriguez said. “He was here in the spring and got a lot of valuable reps at quarterback and is learning. He’s certainly got a lot to learn. He’s a hard-working guy. He’s got a lot of talent. Really pleased with his progress.

“I don’t want to predict any redshirt things yet, even though for a quarterback, maybe an offensive lineman, it’s the hardest position to play early. 

“He’s talented enough that, depending on how he works in the summer and how quickly he learns in August, we’ll be able to determine whether he’ll contribute or not.” 


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