Arizona Wildcats quarterback Javelle Allen can’t complain too much about having to be patient.
There he was after a recent practice, staying late, practically the last guy off the field, working on his passing.
Admirable, yes. He has to be ready. He’s next up. But, even he admits, he might have been more ready — shoot, he might be the starter right now — if a lack of conditioning hadn’t dogged him through spring.
“I could have been working on the stuff I’m working on now back in the spring,” he said.
Instead, he was focusing on getting in shape rather than his passing technique. Allen, 6-foot-2, dropped from about 230 pounds in the spring to 217 and has, in coach Rich Rodriguez’s words, “closed the gap” on struggling starter B.J. Denker.