One of the reasons why Jarrius Wallace chose Arizona is because he felt he fit in with the defense well and he has not seen anything to change his mind.
“The scheme really works if you do what the coaches want,” Wallace said. “If you are where are you are supposed to be, it will work. If we are where we need to be and do what we need, we think it will work.”
In addition, Wallace likes the idea that Arizona will run an aggressive defense.
“Being aggressive is the main part of good defense,” he said. “Being aggressive is imposing your will on the other team and letting them know they aren’t getting anything easy.”
Wallace has learned quite a bit since arriving at Arizona.
“The best part of practice is learning from the older guys and Coach Addae, who really teaches and coaches,” Wallace said. “He tells us about how the game is and how to understand it better. I’m learning and I am excited about being here.”
One of the bigger transitions for Wallace has been adjusting to the speed.
“It’s been different being this far away from home and not being able to see my family, but I am getting through it with the help of players here that make me feel comfortable and wanted,” Wallace said.
“The biggest difference is the transition with the speed of everything. It’s a lot different than what I was doing in high school. I am adjusting well though. I’ve been working on getting faster and understanding better so I can just do things fast.”
Wallace believes that there is always room for improvement, but believes he is right in the thick of the competition.
“It could have been way better, but I will work to get better and do what I need to in order to improve myself,” he said.
“Everybody here has a chance to help. They aren’t telling anybody they are a lock to play, but they are telling us we have an opportunity. It’s fair and we all like that.”