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Stoops opens some workouts to public

By JOHN MOREDICH

jmoredich@tucsoncitizen.com

University of Arizona football fans can get a glimpse of the 2004 Wildcats before the season begins with some preseason practices being open.

New coach Mike Stoops closed spring drills, with just scrimmages open to the public and the media. But UA said yesterday the first two weeks of fall camp can be watched by anyone.

Players officially report Sunday and begin practices Monday at 5:45 p.m. at the Rincon Vista Complex, near South Tucson Boulevard and East 15th Street.

“These guys (coaches) know what they are doing and may close practices at any time,” UA sports information director Tom Duddleston said last night.

The Cats begin play Sept. 4 at home against Northern Arizona.

Practices Monday through Thursday next week begin with stretching at 5:45 p.m. and practice ending about 8:15 p.m.

The team practices Aug. 13 in full pads with a 6 p.m. workout. Two-a-day drills begin the next day at a site to be determined with a 9:05 a.m. workout and a 6:45 p.m. scrimmage. Those practices may be closed.

UA has two-a-day workouts Aug. 18 and Aug. 20 at 8 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Single practices Aug. 17 and Aug. 19 begin at 6 p.m.

Fan Appreciation Night at Arizona Stadium is Aug. 21 at 5 p.m., with a scrimmage following at 6:30.

Practices starting Aug. 23 are scheduled to be closed. All practice times are subject to change.

KEY DATES

• Sunday: Players report.

• Monday: Workouts begin at 5:45 p.m. on East 15th Street, west of Tucson Boulevard.

• Aug. 21: Fan Appreciation Night, 5 p.m., Arizona Stadium.

• Aug. 26: Kickoff luncheon, noon, Doubletree Hotel at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, $35.

• Sept. 4: Season opener vs. NAU, 7 p.m., Arizona Stadium.

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