Cats couldn’t stop Masoli, don’t want to join himby Anthony Gimino on Mar. 23, 2010, under Sports
(Check out more UA football notes, including more comments from co-defensive coordinator Tim Kish and video of coach Mike Stoops, at FoxSportsArizona.com.)
Let’s face it. The last player Arizona wanted to see next season was Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.
Masoli was unstoppable when it mattered most in last season’s game against the Wildcats in Arizona Stadium, throwing for three touchdowns (including the game-tying score with six seconds left in regulation) and running for three scores (including the game-winner in the second overtime).
Oregon’s 44-41 victory on Nov. 22 ended Arizona’s hopes of the Rose Bowl, while the Ducks would go on to win the Pac-10 and go to Pasadena.
But earlier this month, Oregon coach Chip Kelly suspended Masoli for the 2010 season after the quarterback pleaded guilty to a second-degree burglary charge for stealing two laptops and a guitar from a fraternity house in January.
The reaction of one of the Arizona men charged to stop Masoli?
“You know what, I’m sad,” UA co-defensive coordinator Tim Kish said after Monday’s practice. “I don’t want to see that happen to anybody.”
That didn’t stop the coaches from using Masoli’s bad behavior as a teaching moment for their own team.
“We talked about that as a defense today when we met before we came out on the field,” Kish said.
“That’s part of your responsibilities as a student athlete. You’re under the microscope. I mean, I can’t fathom he needed to be burglarizing somebody else’s property.
“You have to be accountable and respectful to your teammates. If you can’t do that, then you don’t deserve to be out on the field. … All we hope is that we learn from it.”
Running back Nic Grigsby, who suffered a hamstring injury in the second spring practice March 6 was able to practice and hit in Monday’s practice.
He said it’s not 100 percent, and he couldn’t commit to being able to play in the spring game April 10 … but he did say his shoulder is feeling good. A separated shoulder cost him almost all of the Pac-10 season last year.
Grigsby is listed at 190 pounds on the spring roster, but he says he’s up to a more-muscular 198.
“I still have the speed,” he said.
He said the weight gain is all extra time in the weight room under strength coach Corey Edmond.
“With Coach Ed, he has us lifting like we’re machines,” Grigsby said.
“When we get hurt, he still says, ‘Put more weight on.’ When we hurt, we lift more. So I advise you not to get hurt.”