10/26 Notebook: Staff has confidence in Grant

Rich Rodriguez discusses Samajie Grant's move to running back, Stanford, and more.

* After practice Wednesday, Rich Rodriguez reflected on recruiting Samajie Grant and his excitement about the position change from wide receiver to running back. 

“We thought he would be a perfect slot receiver and he learned it so quickly that he learned all four receiver positions,” Rodriguez said. “He’s been really productive his whole career. 

“He was a really good player with good ball skills that could make people miss. He’s really excited. It’s a good opportunity for him to touch the ball a little more than he has all year.”

* Rodriguez was asked if Grant’s positive attitude about the position change was expected of each player or a nice move on Grant’s part. 

“I don’t know if moving a guy to tailback to get him more touches is being unselfish,” Rodriguez said. “I think all of our guys will do whatever we ask them. 

“Whether it is Paul Magloire moving to linebacker or Gerhard de Beer moving three different times, I really like our guys’ willingness to do whatever it takes.”

* Grant is not the only player that can play multiple positions and it appears that the coaching staff will continue to focus on versatile players.

“We talk about recruiting multi-position guys just for this reason,” he said. “It gives us a little flexibility in case guys do get hurt. 

“Going forward, whether it is linebackers or secondary guys or wide receivers that can play all four positions or maybe running back, we have to do that to build depth and make sure we have guys that are good enough to succeed with at every position.”

* Keller Chryst has been named Stanford’s starting quarterback and it does not appear that there will be numerous changes in strategy

“They’ve run him a little bit more,” Rodriguez said. “They have run him in the past and they ran him against us last year and we had problems with him. 

“He is a big, physical guy, so there may be more quarterback runs involved. That may be one thing we need to be more prepared for.”

* If Arizona is going to contain Chryst, the defense must be sound fundamentally.

“We have to tackle better and get off blocks,” Rodriguez said. “The biggest key with them because they are big and physical and they do such a good job fundamentally, is you have to get off blocks and you have to tackle. 

“McCaffrey makes guys miss and they have other guys that make you miss. The quarterback is going to run and he is a big, physical guy.”

* Once again, Rodriguez touched on Arizona’s need to get bigger on the defensive line.

“We have to get bigger,” he said. “We’ve recruited to that end and it does start up front on the defensive line. I think that is the one position where we have to recruit well at and develop well. That will be a big focal point for us in recruiting.”

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