8/20 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez

Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Wednesday to discuss the quarterback competition, who will start at running back, and more. Read on for all the latest.

  • Rich Rodriguez keeps camp notes from previous seasons and it appears this camp is playing out similar to the others.

    "I went back and looked through some of my notes from last year and I had some of the same concerns, and two years ago I had some of the same concerns," Rodriguez said.

    "I think I’m like that every year like ‘jeez, we’re coming up on game week here and there’s still so much stuff we have to do.’ So even though tomorrow is just a light walkthrough, we’re going to have an extended walkthrough during the day, which we would never do on gameday, just to make sure we have the situations covered.”

  • Arizona may be closer to having a starting quarterback, but is still giving the main four a chance to win the job.

    "Coach (Rod) Smith is doing a really good job of juggling the reps, because he’s still juggling all four," Rich Rodriguez said. "Now what will happen after tomorrow night, it’s not live, but it’s a little bit of a game situation, we’ll try all four guys reps tomorrow and then Friday’s practice.

    "Saturday, when we have a little time to catch our breath as coaches before we go to Sunday’s practice, we have to say here’s one and here’s two, or here’s one and two and three and four. We can’t rep four next week.”

  • The Wildcats are battling through some injuries, but it appears that one player is making major progress.

    "Reggie Gilbert is further along,” Rodriguez said. “We thought initially he was going to be out the first game, but now we’ll see how he progresses through the week, but there’s a chance he can play.

    "Same thing with Nate. We’re going to rest him through the week and we’ll see over the weekend if he can practice Sunday.”

  • Rodriguez laughed when he was once again asked who the starter will be, but did admit he has an idea of who he will start.

    "I have an idea who it is today," Rodriguez said. "I usually sometimes change my mind after I watch film. Most coaches say ‘well let me watch the film,’ well in this case, I really do.

    "I can tell a little bit on the field, but sometimes I watch the film and say ‘oh he did make the right read, or oh, he didn’t make the right read.’ So it takes a little time to evaluate that.”

  • There continues to be questions at running back and numerous players will get their shot.

    "There’s really been no one to take charge of the position,” Rodriguez said. “I keep waiting for it. Terris Jones and Jared Baker have the most experience, but those two little freshmen will play a little bit.

    "That’s the hard part, you get better with more reps, these guys have had to learn with limited reps, but that’s okay, we have more options to choose from.”

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