Grid Notes: Fall Camp Complete

Arizona has just under two weeks before they open against NAU, but things have really taken shape. Fall camp closed on Saturday night and their regular practice schedule begins on Monday. There is a lot going on around the team and we'll re-cap here.


Kris Heavner has held onto the No. 1 quarterback job. Offensive coordination Mike Canales said that in recent days the "light has come on" for Heavner. He still has to cut down on mistakes, but seems to have the best grasp of any offense that we've seen from him in his short Wildcat career.

Ryan O'Hara seems to be the clear No. 2, while Richard Kovalcheck will be the No. 3 guy.


The players voted on their captains and they were announced to the crowd. On offense seniors Keoki Fraser and Steve Fleming were joined by junior Mike Bell. On defense Darrell Brooks, Carlos Williams and Andre Torrey were named captains.


Coincidentally both Torrey and Brooks sat out the scrimmage, but both are expected to be fine.

The offensive line has taken some lumps. Luka Arnerich, Phillip Brown, John Abramo and Joe Longacre are all dinged up. They hope to get all but Arnerich back in the next few weeks.

Because of the injuries, Garen McHone has been moved back to offense and was working with the second team at center.


Chris Johnson has been moved from tackle to guard. He'll open the season at left guard. Tanner Bell and Peter Graniello open the season as the two tackles, but Brandon Phillips will move back to one of the tackle spots after he serves his three-game suspension.

Yaniv Barnett and Lawrence Ball have changed their numbers. The two defensive linemen will wear 96 and 95 respectively.

With Brooks out, Tony Wingate got the start at safety and Luis Nunez was playing nickel back, the fifth defensive back on passing situations.


Gilbert Harris and Syndric Steptoe have been getting a lot of touches this past week. Some of that is due to their hard work and some of it is due to the offense. A number of the plays that were put in this past week feature those two players. Steptoe has been Heavner's favorite receiver as of late, while Harris has gotten a lot of work spelling Mike Bell.


A number of recruits were on hand. The biggest of who was Phoenix's Ekom Udofia, one of the top defensive linemen in the nation. Udofia attended the game with his family.

Recent Wildcat commit Daniel Borg was also on hand, as were players from Salpointe and Pima Community College.

A couple of big kids on the sideline turned out to be the younger brothers of Wildcat players. Yaniv Barnett and Johnathan Turner were among those whose little brothers were on hand and both were big boys.


The school has sold over 27,000 sets of season tickets and reportedly sold almost 50 more sets of tickets at yesterday's event.

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