Grid report: Media Day updates

The Wildcats had their annual media day at the McKale Center on Thursday. It was a good opportunity to interview a lot of players and get some info from head coach Mike Stoops. Rain forced the event from the Arizona Stadium Field to the floor at McKale but other than that things were smooth. Here is the latest news right from the source.

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Coach Stoops praised the condition of his team. He said that they look different and that they are "tougher, more physically fit."

He went on to say that he was "really, really happy" with the way the team has performed.


Stoops said that the Will Linebacker position was up for grabs between Kirk Johnson and Sean Jones. Both players are in a dogfight for the position. Jones had the slight edge coming into camp. PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY

In high school Wildcat corner B.J. Dennard and new Sun Devil Uriah Marshall were billed as "Peanut Butter and Jelly". Now Dennard and fellow freshman corner Antoine Cason have adopted the nickname. Dennard says he still likes Marshall but that "he's a ScumDevil now."

Dennard is apparently "Peanut Butter", presumably because he sticks to receivers. Cason is now billing himself as "Jelly", jokingly he said it was because he's a sweet player.


Stoops admitted that his corners are "somewhat unproven", but that he likes what the players can do. He informed the media that Wilrey Fontenot and Dramayne McElroy were indeed the two fastest players on the ball club.

He also had high praise for his safeties. He has been impressed with the way that Darrell Brooks has improved since spring and was quick to mention Tony Wingate and Lamon Means.


DE Jonathan Turner is moving from defensive end to defensive tackle. He lacks the ideal size to play inside, but he's got great quickness and skills. Stoops called turner an "amazing, amazing player" and then added, "If USC can't use him then we'll take all of their leftovers."


Kris Heavner and Ryan O'Hara should take the majority of the snaps, but Stoops was quick to praise Richard Kovalcheck as well.

"He's had limited snaps, but he still does some good things.

Although Heavner has gotten the bulk of the reps, Stoops mentioned that the quarterback position "continues to intrigue me."

Nic Costa has not seen nearly as much action, but some of that is due to him missing time to take care of a family issue.


Brad Wood is solidly in the mix at tight end. He is likely the third tight end behind Steve Fleming and Clarence McRae. Wood is still seeing time at receiver and has played some H-back. He mentioned that he prefers to catch ball but that he will block or do whatever else needs to be done.


Fullback Pedro Limon does not get a lot press or fan recognition, but the ‘Douglas Dozer' has impressed the right people.

"I really like what Pedro does," Stoops said. "He's one of the better fullbacks I've seen play."


Stoops is pleased with the talent of the receiving corps, but is frustrated by the number of drops. Receivers coach Charlie Williams echoed those statement just a few nights ago.

Biren Ealy may be out for some time, but the team is not anywhere close to panic mode. Fleming may help pick up the slack and Michael Jefferson is being looked at as a guy who can be a difference maker.

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