The Arizona Wildcats say they endured the pain; coach Rich Rodriguez is ready to measure the gain.
This, above all, is the story of Arizona’s camp: The players’ conditioning. Rodriguez wants to play fast on offense, to be fast on defense. Tempo. It’s all about tempo. No huddle. Run to the line of scrimmage. Fly around on defense.
Rodriguez said in spring practice, when he bemoaned the overall conditioning of his inherited team, that the players needed to be in the best shape of their lives by fall camp.
Well, it’s here.
As the Wildcats reported to camp Wednesday — with the first practice scheduled for Thursday night — four players were made available to the media for interviews.
“I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been,” said running back Taimi Tutogi, echoing the other three.