Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 2/28/13
TUCSON, Ariz. -- So many questions, but will there be definitive answers? Maybe, maybe not as Arizona opens spring practice for the second time under head coach Rich Rodriguez. Rodriguez even admitted this week that many of the answers wont come until fall. And he said that while spring ball -- which begins Saturday and culminates with UA's spring game on April 13 -- are important in a sense, spring is really about finding players to win with in the fall. In doing so, the Cats will be looking to build on what was considered a pretty good first year for Rodriguez, with an 8-5 finish capped by thrilling 49-48 New Mexico Bowl win over Nevada. The big question going forward is the status of junior-to-be running back KaDeem Carey, a returning All-American who has been his own worst problem. After being charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct in an incident involving his pregnant ex-girlfriend in late December, he was in an incident at McKale Center during a UA basketball game in which he was asked to leave the building after getting into an argument with campus police. Rodriguez said Carey will be at practice on Saturday. "Hes progressing well and hell be with us in the spring, Rodriguez said. "His process of making sure he shows the true person that he is is still ongoing, but hes been doing well. Weve got close tabs on him, and he knows that. He knows hes made some mistakes and has to prove to what kind of person he is." The other big question: Who's the quarterback? Arizona, of course, is looking to replace last years star, Matt Scott. Last year's backup and the most seasoned quarterback on the roster is B.J. Denker, who leads the list of candidates almost by default. Junior college transfer Jesse Scroggins, a former USC backup to Matt Barkley, is on campus but is out because of foot surgery. Anu Solomon, the prize of UA's recently signed recruiting class, won't be on campus for a few months. Redshirt freshman Javelle Allen and sophomore transfer Nick Isham, a starter at Louisiana Tech for about half of the 2011 season, will not only push Denker but will have a realistic chance to make a move. "At quarterback, were looking for two or three guys we can win with," Rodriguez said. "And I dont know if we have that. Thats a question. "I dont know if well have that answer after spring. We do have some guys Im looking forward to working with, and the competition gets enhanced in August." One thing that might interfere with competition, especially on the other side of the ball, is depth (or the lack thereof). Arizona's consistent pitfall last season was its defense, and this spring, much of the core of that defense will be missing because of injuries. Linebackers Marquis Flowers and C.J. Dozier and defensive backs Shaquille Richardson and Jonathan McKnight are out with shoulder injuries, and they aren't the only ones dinged up. "We have about a dozen guys that won't be going through full practice," Rodriguez said. "I don't know if I've ever had a dozen out. That's a lot." He added, "Defensively, we need depth at all positions. We'll have to wait until the (recruiting) class comes in the fall to do that." For now, Arizona will begin and end with fundamentals and the same schemes the coaching staff began implementing last season. The Cats will be lovers of the familiar with the hope and intention of getting better at it. Rodriguez hopes theyll do so quietly. The theme for spring is "shut up and work," a slogan UA coaches have placed on T-shirts to keep the players motivated. "Thats perfect in its simplicity, Rodriguez said. Thats what we want our guys to do. And theyve been working pretty hard. And I would expect, over the next 34 days, starting with practice on Saturday, theyll work pretty hard again." NOTES Senior defensive tackle Tevin Hood and sophomore linebacker Cody Ippolito, who were sent home during the New Mexico Bowl after fighting on the Arizona sideline, are with the team and are good to go for spring practice, Rodriguez said.
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