Before his team opened spring drills on Monday at Kindall/Sancet Stadium, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said he could be a little more relaxed during these practices than he is during the season.

Yeah, right. Rodriguez and the Wildcats opened things up Monday afternoon, and UA’s near two-hour workout didn’t look much different than a regular-season practice.

Coaches yelled and said words that aren’t suitable for print. Rodriguez told his quarterbacks to “stop wasting my time,” and the pace of practice was as frenetic as ever.

“We won’t sacrifice tempo to teach,” Rodriguez said after practice. “They have to learn at our pace.”

So just more than two months after the Wildcats beat Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl, they’re back at work preparing for the 2014 season.

Of course, there are some significant changes since the last time UA took the field.

Two-time All-American running back Ka’Deem Carey is no longer in the fold.

“You had to remind me,” Rodriguez joked when asked about life after Carey.

Carey wasn’t the only one missing.

With quarterback B.J. Denker gone, the wide open quarterback competition officially got underway on Monday. Rodriguez opened his media scrum after practice by talking about his signal callers without even being prompted with a question.

“They’re all getting reps,” Rodriguez said. “If you’re trying to figure that out, good luck, because I don’t have that figured out and probably won’t until August.”

Jesse Scroggins, Anu Solomon, Connor Brewer, Nick Isham, Jerrard Randall and even walk-on Adam Friederichsen seemed to get pretty equal time during the first practice.