For most, spring football is about repetition– those reps centered around team drills. But so is not the case for Arizona football.
Coach Rich Rodriguez thinks classic spring drills are bunk. He prefers individual drills, things that make each component better, so the whole, when it comes together, is uniform in its quality efficiency.
“Half the scrimmages you have, or the spring game, you either don’t play your top guys or you cross your fingers that nobody gets hurt,” Rodriguez said. “It’s good to look at schemes, but what are you trying to win? Beat your own team? It’s not nearly as important as teaching them how to play.”
For Rodriguez, the change in thinking is practical. His team had no preseason bye this season, a time normally used by coaches to sit down with younger players to discuss their development.
Rodriguez also slated Spring practice earlier this year. The team will start February 5th. His reasoning, is again practical. It yields more time for players to mend from training injuries, allows ample room for player development, enhances conditioning, strength, and gives the a team a more comprehensive, slow paced schedule.
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