8/23 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez discusses numerous topics after Tuesday's practice.

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* One indication that the season is getting closer is that Arizona will hold its annual Beanie Bowl this week, which is an event open exclusively to students.

“Thursday will be what we call the Beanie Bowl,” Rich Rodriguez said. “It won’t really be a scrimmage, but we will go through all the situations, which we’ve been doing. We will put the uniforms on, have the band there, and it will be nice.”

* Arizona will be practicing in the morning throughout the season and the feedback so far has been positive.

“The challenge is making sure they get to bed early and I think as we go along and throughout the season, they will be going to bed earlier and earlier,” Rodriguez said. “I hope they are now. Seven o’clock is early, but some folks go at six or even earlier.

“I like it so far and the players seem to like it. I like it because we get the hard work in early and it gives the coaches time in the afternoon to watch film. I didn’t like waiting around until six to practice in camp and when school starts we had to do it at 3:30 in the afternoon, which is warm this time of year in Tucson.”

* Rodriguez doesn’t usually give insight into which freshmen will play, but he did not hesitate when talking about J.J. Taylor.

“He’s been really good,” Rodriguez said. “You knew what he had physically, just didn’t know mentally how quickly a young guy will pick it up. Coach Magee has done a great job and he will play as a freshman.

“We look for at least three and maybe four tailbacks we can put in. Some guys will be better in certain plays than others and we know that, but J.J., there’s nothing he can’t do right now in our offense. I knew he was a sharp guy.

“The thing we knew about him when we recruited him is that he is a guy that loves football. We have a lot of guys like that, but you could tell with the way he played and recruiting him, he had an obsession with the game.”

* Arizona no idea what BYU brings to the table due to its coaching changes, so the Arizona staff will be ready to adjust.

“It’s probably the most challenging I have had in a long time,” Rodriguez said. “They are new in all three phases and you’re not exactly sure or have any idea what they’re going to do. There’s no spring game footage or any footage we can look at. We’re really in the dark.

“We have to be able to adjust early. You don’t want to wait a half or three quarters, so we have to have a plan for that.”

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