When practice starts and college football teams hit the field for the first time in August, reporters often try to be enthusiastic about what they are witnessing even if it doesn’t look so good. You can see right through them when, instead of reporting how talented or disciplined a team is in its execution, the reporters say things like “they are working really hard” or “you can’t question their effort.” It’s like when you ask someone if a girl is pretty and they respond “she’s really nice.”
Only thing is, reports coming from the Arizona football camp don’t even contain the fake frosting on top of the complete mess underneath.
As expected with a brand new coach and a brand program, the Arizona Wildcats have so much work to do that reports have been blunt and realistic. The first practices of the RichRod era have been riddled with sloppy play and players being tried out at different positions (Who would have thought one watching practice might see Taimi Tutogi–a fullback last year–trying a little defensive end?). Such are the trials Arizona face as they learn a foreign system with a paper thin depth chart. The Wildcats have already lost an offensive tackle for the season.
But not all looked dim this week. Arizona picked up two commitments this week for the class 2013, a four star tailback and wide receiver who play at the same high school and under a similar spread option system that RichRod is implementing at Arizona. RichRod’s intensity has been made clear to players, who have lost much weight in the offseason and already appear to be in better shape now than they were at the end of the season last year.
For fans, this may not be the season to predict how many wins the team will get–because it won’t be many–but rather to watch how much the team will grow and develop throughout the season. Let this be your pre-warning to take their current expectations and tone it down a notch.