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Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads paces the field during Friday’s first practice of training camp. The Wildcats’ already-thin depth took a hit this offseason, when four defensive players left the program and a fifth opted out because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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March 5 feels like a lifetime ago. But some things stick with you. For instance: New Arizona defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads’ response to a question that day about the Wildcats’ defensive depth.

“What depth?” Rhoads quipped.

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Paul Rhoads joked about his team’s lack of depth in March, before the roster was decimated even more by departures.

This article originally ran on tucson.com.

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