Arizona Monday: Notes

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The Trojans final padded practice before Thursday night's game is in the books.
  • Ed Orgeron said that several players are battling to get healthy for Thursday including Marqise Lee, but the Biletnikoff Award winner is "very questionable."
  • RB Justin Davis and WR Darreus Rogers, both rehabbing ankle injuries, participated on a limited basis.
  • For most of the competitive portion of practice, the first teams went against the second teams which gave them a look at Arizona's scheme.  Orgeron wanted to simulate the speed of the Wildcats on both sides of the ball.
  • The eyes will be on the USC defense this week to see if Arizona State's 62 point performance was an aberration or the start of a troubling trend.  "Adversity is here.  Now, it is how we respond to it," said DL George Uko.  
  • Uko tipped his hat to ASU, but he put the onus on himself and his teammates.  "The confidence was never lost.  We just all felt like that was a fluke.  We know that is not going to happen again," he said.
  • Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez can pile up the yardage and points as he proved in the Wildcats 39-36 win over the Trojans in Tucson last year.  "He spreads it around and has a lot of good concepts in the passing game, but ultimately, he really wants to run the ball.  That's really who they are," said USC LB coach Mike Ekeler.
  • The Wildcats are led by junior RB Ka'Deem Carey who led the nation in rushing last season.  After sitting out the opener, he has posted games of 171, 128 and 132 rush yards.  "Just really impressed with the guy," said Ekeler about the stocky, powerful tailback.  "We are going to have to get a lot of hats to him and be physical at the point of contact."
  • The team has seen Orgeron in a different light this week.  As an assistant, he was tasked as the gruff motivator, but he has shown a more tender side as the head coach.  "He wants this to be like a big family," said Uko.  "He wants to reward us.  He wants to show us that he appreciates our work, which makes you want to work for him more."
  • Orgeron will continue to lead the team out of the tunnel.  "Oh yeah, I like doing that," he said.  "It's really an honor to go down that tunnel."
  • Here is the head coach who expanded on the renewed energy at practice:

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