Pac-12 Media Days: Rich Rodriguez Sells Speed

Rich Rodriguez's first question at his Pac-12 Media Days debut: why's it gonna go better here than it did at Michigan?

He says his offense can work anywhere, emphasizing his scheme's frantic tempo. As for his personnel, he joked that the best decision his predecessors made was to redshirt nimble quarterback Matt Scott.

Recruiting for his system shouldn't be a problem at Arizona, Rodriguez feels. He describes his quarterbacks as more prepared for the NFL "in some ways" than their pro-style counterparts, citing Cam Newton's skill at taking three-step drops and making quick decisions. He also pointed out most NFL quarterbacks play in the shotgun these days. Watching the Patriots could be highly informative for anybody who thinks the spread is a college-only thing.

"Maybe the new pro-style is the shotgun spread," he said, granting that players like Matt Barkley would be successful no matter their system. "If you can play, you can play."

For more on Wildcats football, visit Arizona blog Arizona Desert Swarm, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Arizona.

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