Still a few months away from the start of the 2017 season, the Arizona Football season will begin Fall Camp starting July 31st.
Get ready, because Arizona Football is coming. The start of the 2017 season is around the corner, and that means so is the start of Fall Camp.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the Wildcats would report to camp starting July 30th, but practices won’t officially begin until the 31st. The early start also means the elimination of two-a-days (two practices in a day) this year.
While the start of the fall camp officially kicks off the preparations for the 2017 season, it also officially marks the arrival of all the new freshmen and recruits who signed this past February.
Arizona is, of course, coming off a tough 3-9 season, one in which they hope to quickly put behind them. The Wildcats of course also saw some unlucky breaks, attrition and the untimely passing of former Wildcat, Zach Hemmila that seemed to affect their season.
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Head Coach Rich Rodriguez is probably feeling a bit of the pressure as fans certainly have become a bit more outspoken recently, voicing their displeasure of the on-field results, as well as some of the off-field results (namely recruiting).
The Wildcats will head to camp with a few questions still needing to be answered, with the biggest perhaps coming at quarterback.
Returning are Brandon Dawkins (the presumed favorite), and the talented sophomore Khalil Tate. Also coming are Donavan Tate, the former Minor League baseball player, and K’Hari Lane, the unknown and lightly recruited quarterback from Macon, GA.
Khalil impressed during the 2017 spring scrimmage, and perhaps this is his perfect opportunity at unseating Dawkins.
Additionally, I along with other fans I can only presume, are interested in seeing how much improvement this defense has made. Linebacker and defensive line may still be a little thin and inexperienced, but the talent does appear to be improving at the very least.
This fall camp should prove to be a great test for Arizona, and it is also equally as important to their success this season.
As stated before, perhaps this could be a make or break season for the Wildcats, and Arizona needs to be ready.
Here is a recap of Coach Rodriguez’s comments before the final spring practice:
At Zona Zealots, we are excited for the return of Arizona Football, and hope the 2016 season was an anomaly, and that 2017 will be far better. Bear Down, Arizona!