Former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Ron Veal wants B.J. Decker to surpass his rushing total for a season, which currently ranks as the UA’s best in the program’s Pac-10/12 existence.
Veal just wants the Arizona Wildcats quarterback to wait one more game to achieve that mark, so he can celebrate Denker’s achievement in person at the Homecoming game against UCLA on Nov. 9 at Arizona Stadium.
“I hope he breaks it on Homecoming,” Veal told me Sunday. “I’ll be there. That would be awesome.”
Denker, who has 519 yards rushing on 90 carries through the first seven games, is only 47 yards shy of Veal’s mark of 566 yards on 161 carries as a freshman with the Arizona Wildcats in 1987. Denker is 27 yards rushing away from Keith Smith’s 546 yards in which Smith gained also as a freshman in 1996.
Denker is in position to top Veal and Smith at Cal this Saturday because of his 192 yards on 15 carries in the Arizona Wildcats’ 44-20 win at Colorado last Saturday. Arizona’s media relations department believes that is the most rushing yards for a quarterback in a game in the program’s history.
Veal rushed for his 566 yards in 1987, Dick Tomey’s first season in Tucson. Tomey called on Veal, whom he discovered out of Fernandina Beach (Fla.) High School, to operate his run-and-shoot offense in place of the injured Bobby Watters four games into that season.