August 4, 2006

Willie Tuitama pleased with first day back

One thing that was noticeable at Arizona's first practice was a complete change of mentality. The coaches and players were fired up and it seemed as if the practice was in the middle of the season, rather than a month before the first game.

In Willie Tuitama's mind, the fact that the first practice ran so smoothly was just a small indication of the work that they put in during the summer.

"It feels excellent right now," Tuitama said. "That pays off with what we did in the summer with seven on sevens and one on ones and just working with the running backs, and that's why today went so smoothly.

"It is just the whole mentality of our whole team now. Everybody is here and everybody put in 100 percent in the summer, whether it is workouts or passing."

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