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Melvin can provide push

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Football will hold it's dress rehearsal known as the Beanie Bowl on Friday.

According to head coach Rich Rodriguez the event is not a true scrimmage that will have much bearing on whether jobs are won or lost.

Personnel decision are made based on practices, but the Wildcats will dress in full uniforms and workout at the stadium to give them a sense of what awaits them when Northern Arizona comes to town next Friday night (August 30th).

Although Rodriguez has not announced a starter at quarterback, to no ones surprise it appears the gig will be senior B.J. Denker's to open the season.

"The freshmen aren't ready to play, that part I know. B.J. has gotten better," said Rodriguez. "He's been ahead since day one, just because of his experience. But I've challenged him more and he has responded to the challenge, more so in the last few days than before. He's playing better and it's good, it's good for him."

The depth last season was an issue on defense and will still be an issue for the Wildcats. But the numbers are better and one youngster to watch is redshirt freshman nose tackle Dwight Melvin.

Melvin earned first team All-State honors for his play as a senior at Fairfax High up in the Phoenix suburb of Laveen.

The 6'1 273 pounder was teammates in high school with fellow defensive lineman Reggie Gilbert and is learning the tricks of the trade under senior Tevin Hood.

Melvin will be depended up to help put pressure up front along with fellow redshirt freshman Kyle Kelley.

True freshman linebacker Scooby Wright, who may have the coolest name on the team since Sir Thomas Jackson, has drawn rave reviews from the coaching staff during Fall Camp.

"Scooby was one of those guys where you watch five or six plays of his highlights and you say, ‘this is the kind of guy we want'," said Rodriguez. "Then you learn more about him, his family and what he is all about. He's what we call an OKG, and he's been everything we thought and then some. He's going to play as a true freshman in a lot of roles for us."

The Cats will break camp after a practice on Saturday, have Sunday off and then begin school and game week preparation on Monday.

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