Clarence Farmer Q&A

Clarence Farmer has been at the center of controversy. He and head coach John Mackovic have had a public feud, which culminated with a suspension during spring ball. Add to that his major knee injury and you have one tough year. Farmer spoke with the media following Friday afternoon's workout, and for once the emphasis was on his health, not his relationship with Mackovic.

Clarence Farmer was already having a tough season before a knee injury against North Texas ended things early. The Wildcat running game never got back on track, honestly it was never on track. Now Farmer is in the position of trying to get back the the All-Pac-10 level that he was on his sophomore season.

How was it missing spring drills?

Farmer: "With me not out, there's a lot of other guys got carries. That's good for the team. The way it worked out I guess it worked out for the best. You win as a team. Once you get out there and get the feel of the game it's pretty much there."

What are you expecting from the scrimmage?

Farmer: "The scrimmage is the first time I get to go against the defense live. I'm just really excited to go out there. I don't know how it will go. I'm just going to take in stride and see how it goes, whatever pans outs. Whatever happens, happens."

How excited are you to get back on the field at Arizona Stadium?

Farmer: That's indescribable. For one it's about playing college football again after an injury like that. It's breathtaking to be out there in the home stadium again in front of the home fans, that's a feeling you can't describe. I can't put it into words and I'd underrate it if I did. I'll go out there and experience it for what it's worth.

How do you feel physically?

Farmer: Physically? I couldn't tell you. I'm just out here trying to get the feel of the game again. Everyday I just try to get better, try to get better. I try to work on what I need to work on. From the first day until now I'll say I've improved. How much I've improved, I'll never know because I'm constantly trying to improve.

Considering how serious the injury was, do you have to do anything mentally to prepare to play again?

Farmer: You can play these mental games, but like I've said, I'll put this in God's hands. I'll leave it in His hands, and the mental games and mental aspects will come later. You just get out here and play the game with confidence, how you know how to play the game, and all the rest of it will come. Right now I'm just getting a feel for the game, a rhythm. Throughout the season you'll see an improvement. From the first day to now I've seen an improvement within myself, but it is not where I want to be, I want to get better.

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