Head southeast, young men: Cats to train at Ft. Huachuca

2008-07-01T00:00:00Z Head southeast, young men: Cats to train at Ft. HuachucaBy Ryan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 01, 2008 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats are taking training camp to the troops.

Coach Mike Stoops announced Monday that the UA football team will practice at Fort Huachuca Aug. 13-16 as it prepares for a critical season.

The Wildcats will sleep in army barracks, practice on a pair of artificial-surface fields and spend much of their downtime with the troops. The practices will be open to the public.

"It'll be good to interact with people with such discipline and leadership," Stoops said. "It'll help our kids to see what the military goes through. The discipline and structure they operate within is the greatest of any organization in the world. I think it's going to be very enlightening and informative for our players. It will be something that's a little different."

Reached Monday, Maj. Gen. John Custer called the UA and U.S. Army "two great teams" and said he is looking forward to hosting the Wildcats for a few days.

Arizona likely will practice four times in three days on the base, returning home Aug. 17.

"Anything we can do to help them train and build their morale and esprit de corps — things the Army is good at — we're glad to do," Custer said. "The Wildcats face challenges just like we face challenges, and we look forward to training together to meet them."

Stoops' decision to move training camp off campus, even for a few days, comes with a nod to the past.

The UA practiced for decades at Camp Cochise outside Douglas. Coaches Jim Young, Larry Smith and Dick Tomey believed the remote location and Spartan conditions built camaraderie and eliminated distractions.

John Mackovic moved training camp back to Tucson in 2001. Stoops' teams have used both the Jimenez practice facility and Rincon Vista practice complex the last four years.

Newbies on campus

The second session of summer school classes won't start until July 14, but all the Wildcats' incoming freshmen are already on campus.

The newest Wildcats — including quarterback Matt Scott and cornerback Robert Golden — have been taking an intersession life-skills class.

Stoops said all the freshmen will be ready for the start of fall camp next month.

The same can't be said of offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb, a highly touted transfer from Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas.

Webb is taking junior college courses in hopes of qualifying academically.

Extra points

● Quarterback Willie Tuitama and wide receiver Mike Thomas have been named to the Maxwell Award Warch List, putting them in early consideration as the nation's top college football player.

Tuitama set a school record with 3,683 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes as a junior in 2007. Thomas had 83 receptions for 1,083 yards. His 11 touchdown catches were tops in the Pac-10.

● Defensive end Johnathan Turner will not train or practice with the Wildcats this summer while he faces charges of sexual assault, Stoops said. Turner will remain on scholarship and attend classes while awaiting trial.

● Walk-on linebacker Cole Graybill has transferred to Texas A&M.

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