8/16 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez met with the media after Tuesday's practice.

* Arizona is once again taking the strategy of not consistently going live with its tackling in practice. 

"I think using more conventional methods to tackling, the rugby tackling; everybody is doing some of it," Rich Rodriguez said. "There is more equipment now.

"We’re working on tackling every day we’re in pads, but it is different than going live and you just have to do enough to make sure they are ready to go without beating them up and that’s the fine line every coach is trying to find."

* Rodriguez does not believe Arizona tackled well last season, but it wasn't just about technique.

"I thought it was very poor, but I think it was poor for a lot of reasons," he said. "We had a lot of inexperienced guys playing and sometimes they are not quite ready physically. Sometimes tackling is a physical thing where you’re just not physically mature enough to tackle like you want to."

* Tyrell Johnson continues to look to have a return role on special teams.

"I think there are a couple guys that will try to get on him, but he will be the fastest guy again this year," Rodriguez said.

"On kickoff return there was a couple times and we have to do a good job of that because he is a guy that can take it the distance. He sticks his foot in the ground and goes and there’s nobody that is going to catch him."

* Rodriguez was quick to end any speculation about Khalil Tate playing another position.

"His only purpose right now is trying to learn quarterback," Rodriguez said. "He’s not ready for all-purpose, he is ready for one purpose now and that’s quarterback."

* Of course, it wouldn't have been an Arizona media session without a question about the starting quarterback.

"I think we are in a good spot back there," Rodriguez said. "It’s really who is playing the best. I like to keep answering questions about the quarterback competition, that’s why I am not naming a starter. Just so you guys can ask every day and I can give the same response."


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