Spring tid bits (4/12)

Arizona is past the halfway mark for spring drills. The Wildcats are a little over 10 days away from the Spring Game and keep working hard. It was another closed practice, but we were able to gleam some information about what went on.

QB Willie Tuitama bounced back from a lackluster performance on Saturday and looked pretty sharp. He was under 50% completion rate on Saturday but from what we have been told he did a nice job distributing the ball and getting into a rhythm.

Chris Henry also bounced back from a tough outing on Saturday, but it was fellow RB Terry Longbons who stole the show. Longbons showed his true north/south nature that had many comparing him to Eddie George coming out of high school. He was also big on Saturday, breaking off a couple of very nice runs.

B.J. Dennard overcame a few drops to make a few spectacular catches. His drops were described as coming from his desire to make tough plays. The Wildcats are really hoping Dennard can step up next season and give them a playmaking receiver.

Bill Wacholz has really played well of late. They moved him to guard from left tackle and he has really responded. He's gaining confidence to go with his impressive physique and strength.

Blake Kerley has been coming on of late so we are told. He is really starting to challenge the ever-steady Erick Levitre. Fellow freshman Daniel Borg has really started exerting his will on people.

On the defensive end the starting linebackers are really playing well. Youngsters Adrian McCovy and Xavier Kelley are doing a nice job, but they can't unseat Ronnie Palmer, Dane Krogstad and Spencer Larsen. Expect the unit to be a strength of the defense.

Reserve linebacker Akin Akinniyi went down in practice with an injury. No word on if it is severe or exactly what happened.

CB Antoine Cason had one of his shakier performances and was still very effective. The junior-to-be is proving that even when he has an off day he can play well.

Cason and Wilrey Fontenot will need to play very well as there is little depth behind them. Expect at least two of the incoming freshmen corners to get a good shot at immediate playing time behind the two juniors.

Michael Johnson was limited last spring and has attacked this one with a vengeance. The senior has been among the most impressive defensive players this spring.

Everyone seems happy with the play of the defensive line. Lionel Dotson, Donald Horton and Dave Bertrand have really impressed people.


*Herb and Patrick Thompson, twin brothers from Covina, CA were in town for an unofficial visit.

*The Cats will not scrimmage this weekend. Their next open scrimmage will be the spring game on the 22nd.

*1290 a.m. will broadcast the scrimmage and are planning on having an hour long pregame show that morning.

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