Arizona football concluded its 20th practice of fall camp at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium on Thursday morning. The Cats were in helmets, shorts and shells for the nearly two-hour practice on the grass fields. Below are head coach Rich Rodriguez's comments following practice:
On freshman linebacker Jake Matthews:
"He is a really good football player first and foremost and he is a good athlete. He is a good baseball player too, he got drafted. He has good size and I think he is going to end up being a contributor for us at some point. He has a great attitude and he is a tough guy, so I'm really excited about Jake."
On quarterback Javelle Allen:
"Javelle has gotten better. We got on him pretty good in the spring because I don't think his focus and work ethic was as good as it could be. He had a good summer and has had a pretty good camp. He has gotten a little bit better every day and he is still a redshirt freshman but he has gotten in the mix with his play the last couple of days."
On the receivers:
"They are working. We lost Austin and then losing Matt Scott and Dan Buckner was a really good player for us too. David Richards has missed all of camp with an injury so you those are three veterans on the receiving core. So we have had some young guys that have had to play. A couple of freshmen, Nate Phillips and Samajie Grant are going to play for us. They have worked hard and we don't have the experience we would like but I think we'll be ok."
On freshman Derrick Turituri:
"All three of those freshman linebackers, Derrick Turituri, Scooby Wright and DeAndre' Miller, will play as freshmen. What roles, it will be in different situations but I'm pretty excited about those guys."
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