FORT HUACHUCA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona Wildcats offense has yet to find its footing in Fall Camp.
Head coach Rich Rodriguez had seen enough after his offense made mistake after mistake during an hour and a half practice on the Fort Huachuca Army Installation; a practice that was not the scrimmage it is usually intended to be.
"We ain't ready to scrimmage," said Rodriguez. "I knew when we left campus (Wednesday) that I wasn't going to scrimmage this night."
Rodriguez called out all phases of the offense but in particular the line which had issues executing basic pass blocking sets.
Quarterback B.J. Denker continues to struggle at times with his decision making. The senior was picked off by Jourdon Grandon in a one-on-one drill (receivers vs. cornerbacks) and then later by Jonathan McKnight in seven-on-seven action.
To make matters worse. QB candidate Jesse Scroggins is back on the shelf with the concussion symptoms that sidelined him at the beginning of practice a week ago.
Two players to watch at the moment on the interior are redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dwight Melvin and junior college transfer center Steven Gurrola.
Melvin has emerged as a candidate for the nose tackle position where he is battling with senior Tevin Hood. Melvin was first-team all-state during the 2011 prep season at Laveen Fairfax, where he played with junior defensive lineman Reggie Gilbert.
"He's a good intensity guy," said Gilbert. "He has good snap off the ball and he definitely has athletic ability."
Gurrola meanwhile is in a battle for the starting center position. The 6'2 288 pounder is a transfer from Glendale C.C.