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Wildcats offense wins annual spring game

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The offensive unit prevailed over the defense in Saturday's annual Arizona football spring game at Arizona Stadium. A crowd of 7,100 took in the 2014 version of the Wildcat football team in head coach Rich Rodriguez's third spring at the helm of the program.

Redshirt senior Terris Jones-Grigsby was UA's top running back with six carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Abraham Mendivil was the leading receiver with four catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt sophomores Cayleb Jones and DaVonte' Neal and redshirt junior Johnny Jackson also pitched in with receiving touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman Anu Solomon led the quarterbacks in passing yards with 74 and two touchdowns while redshirt sophomore Connor Brewer completed 8-of-12 passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, junior cornerback Patrick Glover led the squad with seven tackles and two passes broken up. Redshirt sophomore Zach Streuling had the lone interception on the day. Redshirt freshman Jarvis McCall Jr., redshirt senior Blake Brady and redshirt senior Dan Pettinato also chipped in with passes broken up.

Head Coach Rich Rodriguez

On the game

"It was good. Nobody got hurt, the guys had fun and the crowd was great. I think our guys enjoyed the atmosphere."

On the play of the quarterbacks

"Today was indicative of what it has been most of the spring. It's okay at times, uneven at times. There has been some separation now but the competition will continue on until the August camp."

On redshirt sophomore receiver DaVonte' Neal

"DaVonte' gives us some things we can do not only in the slot, but in the return game and maybe even the backfield. He's such a competitive guy. He loves the game and loves to compete."

Junior Safety Will Parks

On redshirt senior quarterback Jesse Scroggins

"(Jesse) Scroggins has come along pretty well. He has a strong arm and has been diagnosing defenses well. He's looking like a really good quarterback."

On coming together defensively

"It can be hard to come together in the spring since everyone is focused on improving individually but we've all been together for two years and are trying to improve our defense as a whole."

Redshirt Sophomore Receiver DaVonte' Neal

On being a play maker

"I have a knack for getting in the end zone, so I want to help this team out by putting points on the board and making big plays."

On the spring

"It was a good spring. There's still a lot of work to be done. I'm looking forward to going into summer and working my butt off."

On redshirt senior quarterback Jesse Scroggins

"Jesse Scroggins is a great quarterback. He has a great arm and some speed. He has good vision and he takes on a leadership role very well."

Redshirt Sophomore Receiver Cayleb Jones

On moving forward into fall

"We have a couple weeks off, so we need to stay in shape and focus to be ready for the fall."

On being a speed receiver

"I feel like I can do it all. I don't try to limit my attributes. Whatever the team needs me to be I'll be."

Redshirt Senior Receiver Austin Hill

On the quarterback play

"They were pretty good. They were making the right reads."

On the spring

"It was a good building block to work towards the season. We have one more building block in camp to get timing down with the quarterbacks before getting into the season."

Senior Offensive Lineman Steven Gurrola

On the offense

"Our pass game is a lot better this year. Our run game isn't quite there yet though, it's tough to replace Ka'Deem Carey."

On the offensive line as a group

"Coach Rodriguez is pushing us hard this year to get better. Our chemistry is there right now, too. We're communicating and reading defenses a lot better now. We're a lot healthier this year, and that's big because we're getting more reps."

Senior Defensive Lineman Reggie Gilbert

On the spring

"I felt like I had a very good spring. I worked a lot on my pass rushing skills, and right now I think as a defense, we are more confident."

On his goal coming out of spring

"I'm trying to become a leader. This is my last year, and I'm trying to do everything right, and always go 100%. There are still things that we have to do during the summer, and there's only so many things you can accomplish in these few weeks, but I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to do over spring. I feel good with where we are at as a team. Everybody has the right mindset and is on the same page."

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