Arizona got a bit of good news. Devin Ross and Terrell Reese were re-cleared by the NCAA Clearing House and returned to practice. Both freshman got a lot of reps and were impressive.
Early in it was mostly drills, but Travis Cotton got a rare carry in the running drills and actually picked up a few yards around the right end.
The 7-on-7’s were unimpressive, but the 11-on-11 drills proved to be very interesting. Early on the defensive line was utterly dominant. Wildcat passers had little time to pass and Wildcat DB’s were able to deflect a few passes.
Louis Holmes and Michael Shelton both had impressive sacks where they just blew by the tackles.
The Cats concluded practice with redzone work and the offense got the best of the defense.
Just a few plays in Willie Tuitama hit Anthony Johnson in the back of the endzone for their first score.
Syndric Steptoe made a real nice grab after a deflection and scored a few plays later when the Cats used a bit of misdirection to free him up for an easy catch from Tuitama. In fact the Cats scored a few times on some trickery, but in the interest of not revealing too much I won’t give away the plays.
Travis Bell continued to shine. He had a great grab when Adam Austin floated a perfect pass over the arms of a defender and Bell pulled down the catch for a TD.
Chris Jennings got into the endzone with another impressive run. He hit the hole hard and was virtually untouched.
B.J. Dennard and Reese each had highlight reel catches. Dennard struck first. Despite being perfectly covered by Ross, Austin put a pass just high enough that Dennard was able to grab it despite Ross being as close to him as one can be without being flagged for interference. Dennard landed hard and appeared to have the wind knocked out of him but had little chance to recover because both Austin and Tuitama raced over the congratulate him for the impressive catch.
As good as Dennard’s grab was, Reese had the catch of the day. Austin threw a high pass and Reese out leaped Nate Ness and Wilrey Fontenot, came down with the ball and somehow got a foot in bounds.
Heavner finished off the scoring with a naked bootleg. Thanks to a great ball fake, he was able to waltz into the endzone without a defender within 10 yards.
*Three freshmen remain on the shelf while the NCAA tries to sort through their paperwork. D’aundre Reed, Derke Robinson and Cory Elmore were not allowed to participate.
*The Cats will scrimmage Saturday night at 6:00 but will hold a meet the team at 5:00. Doors are scheduled to open at 4:30 but last year they let folks in a tad early when many players were on hand prior to the announced time.