At this point last year, Rich Rodriguez had a pretty good idea that B.J. Denker was going to be his starting quarterback for the 2013 season. Of course he wouldn't share that with anyone, but he knew Denker was his guy. "I think it was because he had a little more experience and his knowledge was way ahead of the other guys," Rodriguez said. "That part had him separated, and it continued in the fall." Fast-forward a year, and the UA coach again is staying mum on the quarterback position. This time it seems a bit more genuine. The Wildcats are nearing the completion of spring drills — they have four practices and the spring game left — and Rodriguez said there still is no separation at quarterback. "I thought there would be more separation by now, but there really hasn't been," Rodriguez said. "One through five is pretty bunched up right now. If they're all getting better and getting to the point where we can win with them, that's a great problem." UA has seven quarterbacks on its roster: Jesse Scroggins, Anu Solomon, Connor Brewer, Jerrard Randall, Nick Isham, Khari McGee and walk-on Adam Friederichsen. Other than Friederichsen, they've all worked with the first-team offensive line this spring. "I'd tell you if one or two had really separated themselves," Rodriguez said. "It hasn't been that. I've seen them all make the same kind of strides. I don't think I will know until the end of fall camp." Rodriguez said the defense had been ahead of the offense this spring up until last weekend's scrimmage. There, the quarterbacks had their best day as a group of the spring, and the offense outperformed the defense. "They are a very conscientious group," Rodriguez said. "When I ask questions, they give the right answers. We have five practices left, so I'm going to keep putting them under the gun. I haven't been all negative on them. It's a straight-up, honest thing, so they don't have to guess where we are coming from. "They're eager to learn; I think they all see it's a wide-open deal and will be until the fall." Change of plans Rodriguez and the Wildcats were scheduled to practice at Phoenix College on Friday night but scrapped that plan Monday. Instead, UA will practice at Kindall/Sancet Stadium on Friday afternoon, like normal. "That's all my decision," Rodriguez said. "From a meeting standpoint, the meetings are so critical right now. We need that meeting time, and the things we have set up here with the two full practice fields, which we don't get on the road. That's all on me. Hopefully the fans will come down to the spring game on the 12th." UA will practice today and Friday and then again twice next week before the spring game April 12.
UA football's QB battle runs deep; 5 still in hunt
Arizona Republic | Apr 2