TUCSON, Ariz. -- Two days into Arizona's preseason camp, Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez already was singing the praises of freshman Nate Phillips.
OK, singing may be too strong, but he took notice pretty quickly of his 5-foot-7 talent.
Hes a quick learner, very conscientious, Rodriguez said at a time when he rarely spoke about individual players so as to not single them out. Doesnt look like he is going to be redshirting.
Hardly. In fact, Phillips, out of Basha High in Chandler, has been one of the more productive Arizona players.
He's a 5-7 blur, and one of two true freshmen who are listed on Arizona's two-deep. The other is linebacker Scooby Wright.
"I have a lot of confidence in him," Rodriguez said on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's game with No. 16 Washington. Both teams go in 3-0.
So confident, Rodriguez had him as his guy returning punts in the season opener. There in isolation for all eyes to see.
Did he expect that he'd play right away?
"Not right away, but all...