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“Back to school, but no game?”

The fall semester signals the beginning of many things on college campuses: a new semester’s worth of classes, new friendships and sometimes even a new major.

But on the Arizona campus there will be a noticeable void this weekend: a football game.

With no game this weekend, that leaves the Wildcat football team with another week before the season opener on Sept. 5 against Central Michigan University. Some players and coaches welcome the extra preparation time before taking on the Chippewas, but others are itching to start the action.

Here’s a sampling of what some members of the UA football team plan on doing with this weekend’s extra time:

Head coach, Mike Stoops

“”Nothing really. I’ve got to go up to Phoenix because I’ve got a speaking deal on Saturday, but besides that, just relaxing. I think this is a tough week because everyone’s anxious to get into a game week.””

Strong safety, Cam Nelson

“”Yeah, it’s real weird not having anything to look forward to right now, but we know we’ve just got a couple of more days before it comes. We wish we had a ‘Click’ remote like Adam Sandler or something like that so we could speed it up. But everybody knows we’ve got to wait so we’re going to try to prepare like it was a real game.””

Special teams coordinator, Jeff Hammerschmidt

“”Yeah, no doubt about it but it’s nice. This is a good week, especially because of where I’m at special teams-wise, we’ve got to get all of the little things covered. The onside kick, the hands and all the little things and we have another good weekend of it. We have (Friday), Saturday and then we’ve got next week to kind of finish up and get exactly everything we need to do. We’ve been in the scouting report for Central Michigan for a couple of weeks, but we’ve still got to cover those little things. We have a kickoff luncheon up in Phoenix, but that’s about it. Nowadays, with my four year old, when I get time I’ll go sit by the pool with her. That’s my relaxing time.””

Running back, Nic Grigsby

“”Yeah, it’s real weird. Everyday we’re out here and I guess practice is getting us better, but I feel like it’s a waste of time. It’s just crazy because we should be playing on Saturday. (The time off) all started when we were in the winter. We were like, ‘Dang, we’ve got to start all over again.’ But it’s paying off. We’re the underdogs right now and we like being underdogs. We’re just waiting to prove everybody wrong.””

Defensive coordinator, Mark Stoops

“”Yeah, it is a little different. Usually when we get into school week we’re playing at the end of this week, so it’s kind of nice. It gives us a little more time and we can work our way into shape a little bit more and I think it will help us in that first game … I’ll be working most of the weekend. I’ll get a few more hours off than I normally would, but we’ll be working most of the day Saturday and we’ll work probably for five or six hours on Sunday. At least I’ll be home for dinner Sunday night.””

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