Cats practice under stadium lights

The Wildcats were under the lights of Arizona Stadium for the first time as they held fan appreciation night. After a muggy morning practice, the team had to be relieved by the nice breeze and good fan interest. Music was blaring, the scoreboard was on and after the autograph session there were still a few hundred fans in the stands. Here are highlights from the two practice sessions.

*Ramey Peru got the best of Danny Baugher as the two punted to open the evening practice session. Baugher shanked his first punt for just 20 yards, but followed it up with a 59 yarder that had the fans gasping. All of his other punts were between 36 and 39 yards. Peru had a long kick of 55 yards to go along with kicks of 47, 46, 44 and a pair of 37 yarders.

"Both punters looked a little nervous to me," said John Mackovic.

*Each of the top-3 quarterbacks took turns in the 7-on-7 drills on trying to score from various spots inside the thirty. All three quarterbacks had very similar numbers, but it was the two back-ups who got into the end zone. Nic Costa was 4-of-7 for 40 yards and a pair of scores. His first pass attempt was a perfect 20-yard strike to Bobby Wade. He finished his series with a four yard score to Relford. Ryan O'Hara found Wade to be a reliable target as well. The pair hooked up for a pair of scores. The first was a 21 yarder and they too finished the series with a four-yard touchdown. Overall O'Hara was 4-8, for 37 yards. Johnson failed to lead the team to a score, but was 4-of-7 for 42 yards.

*The place kicking unit did not fare well to end practice. Sean Keel missed one attempt and had another one blocked when Carl Tuitavuki bullied his way right through the heart of the line.

"The PAT and field goal team was quite disappointing to me," Mackovic said. "We have to have more personal pride. We have to find players that have personal pride and take it more seriously."

*Zachary Sparksman was cleared to play and has joined the team. The sophomore quarterback was with the team in the spring. He may also be used as a wide receiver.

*The team will hold it's longest scrimmage to date at Arizona Stadium Saturday night. Practice starts at 7:00.

*There are a number of injury updates on the INJURY REPORT.

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