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August 8, 2013

Fall camp notes: Wildcats take practice to Fort Huachuca

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. -- For a sixth consecutive season, Arizona has shifted fall camp to Fort Huachuca, the U.S. Army post that will be the site of the next four Wildcats practices.

The team, which left Tucson on Wednesday afternoon, will begin with an 8 a.m. practice on Thursday.

"This will be my last time at the fort. I'm going to try to enjoy it," fifth-year senior running back Daniel Jenkins told GOAZCATS.com.

Second-year UA head coach Rich Rodriguez, who continued the annual preseason trip that Mike Stoops started in 2008, said he enjoys the "true camp atmosphere" that the military surroundings present.

"I think it's a good setup," Rodriguez said. "You get to spend time with the soldiers, and the community up there is terrific.

"Our guys are done with (summer) school, and we can go up there and it's just us and football for four days."

Rodriguez added that the practices will be "very limited."

Saturday's schedule will mark the Wildcats' first two-a-day session of camp, starting with an 8:30 a.m. session prior to a 5:30 p.m. scrimmage at Bujalski Field. The scrimmage is open to the public.

"I'm debating how much of a full-scale scrimmage it will be," Rodriguez said on Tuesday.

Arizona will wrap up its trip Sunday with a leadership obstacle course.

For redshirt freshman Trey Griffey, who experienced the trip for the first time last season, is anticipating another crack at the course.

"It was just a fun experience for everybody," Griffey told GOAZCATS.com.

Richardson changes outlook

While passing by cornerback Shaquille Richardson's locker room during the media tour of the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, one newspaper clipping taped up for all to see stood out.

In the senior's line of sight every day is the headline "REDEMPTION," accompanied by a photo from the 2011 win at Arizona State.

In the past, Richardson said, there used to be a reminder of his "low-lites" displayed, as well. The 6-1, 186-pounder has been the target of several passing attacks in previous seasons, so he had his fair share to pick from.

"Now, I just decided to focus on the positive things, work hard and make everything better," Richardson said.

Phillips sets benchmark

The story of true freshman receiver Nate Phillips' eye-opening start to camp continued to get better on Wednesday.

Receivers coach Tony Dews said it was in the weight room where Phillips, expected to contribute immediately next season, caught his attention. On the wall outside the door, Phillips' name is already present for the most repetitions for the 225-pound bench press among all receivers.

"He's a strong kid," Dews said of Phillips. "He did 225, something like 16, 17 times as a true freshman walking in here."

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