Practice cut short due to weather

Mike Stoops continues his trend as the best weather man in Tucson. The Wildcat football team moved their Friday practice up by an hour due to the threat of afternoon storms. Those storms indeed hit, with lightning halting practice by about 15 minutes.

When practice began it was warm and muggy, but by the end of the day there was a nice breeze and cloud cover. Take away the lightning and you'd have near perfect weather for an August football practice.

7-on-7's saw the tight ends get a lot of looks. Willie Tuitama completed passes to Earl Mitchell, Rob Gronkowski, A.J. Simmons and Travis Bell. Of his 10 completions, four were to the tight end positions. Only two wide-outs had catches, with Delashaun Dean catching two Tuitama passes.

Two of his tosses were dropped, one by Mitchell and another by Terry Longbons, who also had a catch. Tuitama was picked off by Cam Nelson in the session.

Kris Heavner also kept up the trend, he completed a pass to Simmons as well. All told the three Wildcat quarterbacks were 14-20. Along with Dean and Simmons, Nicholas Grigsby and Rob Rivera also had a pair of catches.

The 11-on-11 drills were cut short thanks to the weather. Tuitama was the lone passer to take snaps and he did a solid job. He was 7-7, including a long touch pass to Mike Thomas that went for over 30 yards. The only downside was that he was ‘sacked' twice, including once by Louis Holmes on the final play of practice.

The Wildcats return to the practice field on Saturday with a scrimmage that will be closed to the fans and media. Open practice resume on Monday with a morning and evening session.


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