October 7, 2006
Jennings: 'We are all on the same page.'
There is no doubt that things have not been going Arizona's way thus far this season. The Wildcats were expected to be the up and coming school in the Pac-10, but offensive struggles have led the team to a 2-3 start for the year.
Following the Washington loss this past weekend, the team leaders called a players only meeting in order to air out some grievances about player execution.
Running back Chris Jennings talked about the meeting, albeit not in specifics, and the team's performance following Tuesday's practice.
"In the locker room after the game we talked about all the negatives we are doing," said Jennings. "There are positives as well, but we talked about all the negatives to get them out of the way."
Following the talk in the locker room the team captains decided to call the meeting in order to hopefully correct the attitude and mindset of the team for the remainder of the season.
"The captains called the meeting and there is no doubt it was beneficial," Jennings said. "The captains talked, mainly (Syndric) Steptoe, but then everybody talked. The coaches can talk to us a ton, but once the teammates get to you it really starts to mean something.
"Right now we are all on the same page. We can't point our fingers at an individual or a group during a meeting. We are all one group and make mistakes, but we all have to turn it around and perfect it."
Following the meeting the players have had some great practices, which will be important for this upcoming weekend when the Wildcats travel to Pasadena to take on the 3-1 UCLA Bruins.
Jennings thinks that the team meeting definitely prepared the Wildcats for practice in order to constantly improve heading into the UCLA game.
"All of the wrinkles have to be ironed out and we have to come out here with a positive attitude, ready to get after it and ready to correct all of our mistakes," said Jennings.
Jennings realizes that UCLA is a very talented team and it is going to take complete execution to pull off an upset in hostile territory.
"We aren't expecting to just march in there and win, but we have nothing to lose right now and they have a lot to lose in a home game," Jennings said. "They have a better record than us and did last year as well when they came here and we got them.
"We have to come back and get them again this year."
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