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Somber "Mondays With Rich Rod" With Cats 0-6 in Pac-12

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Arizona is just 2-7 and 0-6 in Pac-12 play as the Cats gear up for a home showdown against 16th ranked Colorado.  The Buffaloes are in first place in the Pac-12 South and Arizona hopes to play spoiler.

Here's more from Arizona Athletics & the "Mondays With Rich Rod" weekly presser:

“There’s no excuse for that poor performance," said Rich Rodriguez as he talked about the Cat's 69-7 loss, "You have to look at it and learn from it. There’s a lot of young guys that are playing that need to learn from it, and this coaching staff – we need to learn from it ourselves. Colorado is a very good team, a very veteran team, playing high-level football and they are healthy. As a staff we need to put some stuff together to have a chance for success on Saturday night.”

On the younger guys’ confidence being shaken: “I think so, whether they want to admit it or not. When you are playing all of those young freshman and sophomores in the secondary, I think you just have to teach them to battle and come back. We played against a veteran group that executed very well, and we didn’t. As a coaching staff, it’s our job to get them to play with confidence and put them in a position to make some plays. I don’t think we’re going to make wholesale changes scheme-wise and personnel-wise, but we are trying to evaluate what we’re doing.”

On crispness of quarterback Anu Solomon: “He made some good plays and then some where you were confused as to what just happened. I think he’s just trying to make some plays, and he’s excited to be playing again. We will keep working with him and Brandon [Dawkins], and we’ll play both of them. We’ll see how they play this week, but we have got to get productive play out of it. We have to try and get them in a position to make some plays and limit penalties.”

On receiver Cam Denson’s effectiveness: “He got the start on Saturday because he deserved the start, Cedric Peterson is out for the year with a broken foot, plus Samajie Grant is playing tailback. Cam made some plays and he did some things that were off-assignment. We’ll keep working with him as he is a talented guy.”

On Colorado this season: “We saw it a lot last year where they had some bad luck and a few injuries. This year, they are a veteran group with eight seniors on defense, and four or five of them are fifth year guys. They’ve stayed healthy, they’ve played hard, they’re well coached and they have a lot of confidence right now. They’re not only taking care of the ball, but also throughout the year taking care of the ball and creating turnovers. They’re playing really good football and we’ll get a really good team coming here on Saturday night.”

On what the young players can take from this season: “I don’t want them to take it well. You’d hope that the competitors in them will be tired of getting their tail kicked. We’ll work that much harder in the weight room. It has to motivate them. It motivates the coaching staff, it motivates me, and it motivates everybody in the program. We need to recruit well, get some guys in here for depth and competition, and maybe even start. That’ll get the guys who are returning to play at a higher level.”

On Colorado’s passing game: “They’re very explosive at wideout. They probably have some of the fastest wideouts in the league. Their quarterback is an experienced guy, and they do a good job up front. They’ve changed it a little bit over the last couple of years. They’re more spread and they’ll get them out wide more times, and they’re more up tempo.”

On receiver Samajie Grant’s performance at running back: “He’s doing pretty well for a guy that’s only played there for two weeks. He’s blocking well when he has to block, and he’s made some good runs. We have to do a better job up front of giving him some creases. He’ll be there the rest of the year. He’s a competitive guy and he’s been playing really hard. I’m glad he’s there.”

On what motivates the team moving forward: “Just being a competitor, and enjoying the game. We have to try to get that good feeling back. Now we have to try to make someone else’s season bad, or at least put a dent in their season. That’s all you have to do. And if you’re a competitor, you’ll play. You work hard all year for these opportunities. We’re going home Saturday night, hopefully we’ll get a good crowd, and we have to go play. We’ll have a chance to play a highly-ranked team, and maybe we can have a good night.”

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