More Mackovic At Media Day

The second year of the John Mackovic era saw the Wildcat football coach at his second Conference Media Day. Mackovic discussed the Pac-10, his team and the abilities of Clarence Farmer.

After praising the academic achievements of player representative Jason Johnson, Mackovic's opening statements were about learning the conference after his first tour.

"This is my second year in the Pac, it's much easier knowing the lay of the land," Mackovic said. "I always knew it was a pro-style conference. This has stayed as a tradition in the conference as a style of play. That's one reason so many Pac-10 players are drafted in the NFL."

Mackovic's attention then turned to the specifics of his football team.

"I am pleased that Arizona football is getting better everyday," Mackovic said. "Our highest priority is to get our defense re-established. We will not go away from our core defense, but we also recognize the need for improvements. We may use odd man lines, even man lines and different coverages."

Offense is Mackovic's specialty, and he turned his attention to that side of the ball.

"We will continue to feed the fire of our offense. We have many of our big play makers back. We have eight or our top ten receivers back. We feel good about getting the job done with our receiving crew."

He looked ahead to a rough schedule in the month of October. The Cats face Oregon, Washington State and Washington in addition to Stanford.

"A key month for us is October. Just look at the schedule. We play the top three pre-season contenders right off the bat."

In the ESPN documentary Mackovic and running back Clarence Farmer seemed to have a strained relationship. Mackovic was clear that he thought Farmer was a gifted player.

"I think he'll be an improved player," Mackovic said of the junior runner. "He has some ups and downs. I think he's grown. Clarence is in a position where he can be a player who can do everything. There aren't many players who have the tools that he does."

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