As Arizona enters the final week of fall camp, one of the biggest holes to be filled from last season is at running back.
One of the leading candidates to get carries is true freshman Nick Wilson. The running back got on campus during the summer, but is still getting used to the new experience.
"Camp is going pretty good for me," Wilson said. "It's a different experience. It's humbling and it's different from anything I've ever experienced before."
The biggest difference that Wilson is seeing is the several speed of the college game.
"The pace of everything is different," he said. "It is way faster. I thought high school was pretty fast, but this is a whole different dimension.
"I'm still getting used to it. I don't think it is something that you just get used to right away. Even still, I am getting used to the different feel."
Wilson is in the running for the starting spot with several other backs, but he believes that the uncertainty is just making them better.
"It's a grind every day, knowing that the position is up there and for the taking," Wilson said. "It means that you have to be ready to grind every day and do what you are supposed to every day because every rep counts."
The running back corps as a whole will be responsible for trying to emulate what Ka'Deem Carey did the last two years and although it will be a running back by committee at the start of the season, Wilson believes his running style is closest to the departed back.
"I like to think that my running style is aggressive," he said. "I model myself after Adrian Peterson and Ka'Deem a little bit. Ka'Deem and I are very similar in the way we play. I just take pride in my running style and the way I play."
Wilson is getting his first look at what Arizona's offense is really like and already knows that it is a dangerous style.
"We're really up tempo, but I don't think we've even touched on how fast we can really go." he said. "It would be really hectic for other coaches to have to plan against."
The running back is also experiencing his first collegiate two-a-day practices. So far, they have taught him that he needs to drink more water in order to keep up.
"it's about what you think," Wilson said. "Hot mornings and late nights. You have to stay hydrated. If you don't stay hydrated it's going to be all bad, like cramps and injuries. I thought I was hydrating pretty good before, but you really have to go above and beyond here."
Even though Wilson is just a true freshman, he won't be phased by the bright lights or the upperclassmen entering the season.
"I was always one of the younger kids playing with the older guys," Wilson said. "When I was a freshman I was playing on JV the whole year and then I ended up playing on Varsity.
"I never really had to psych myself up about playing with the big boys. i just go out there and play."