Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez tried to light a fire under senior quarterback B.J. Denker dating back to fall camp when Rodriguez more often than not showed bewilderment about that position and the offense in general following drills.
Who can forget about his quote from Rodriguez?: “I’m concerned with everything on offense. Everything. You want to know what I’m concerned about offensively? Everything.”
Denker is a senior only in title but not experience. Entering the season, he started only once at the major-college level against last-place Colorado in 2012 because starter Matt Scott was injured. No pressure in that game at all. Ka’Deem Carey made the afternoon easier for Denker by rushing for a Pac-12-record 366 yards in the 56-31 romp at Arizona Stadium.
For the first time in Arizona’s Pac-10/12 existence, the Wildcats started seniors (Scott and Denker) in consecutive years in their only season as the passing leader. Both happened to play for Rodriguez, who was forced into this situation because this is only his second season as Arizona’s coach.
Playing an arduous Pac-12 schedule with only one year of development as a starter is a lot to ask. Denker evidently was the best at the position for Rodriguez and his staff, getting the nod over promising freshman Anu Solomon, USC transfer Jesse Scroggins and redshirt freshman Javelle Allen.
B.J. DENKER PERFORMANCE
Rodriguez will be forced to start his third different quarterback (with it being that QB’s first at the major-college level) in as many years next season. So expect more growing pains. Rodriguez, in fact, will incredibly coach his seventh different quarterback in as many years next season dating back to his West Virginia days.
He coached Pat White at West Virginia from 2005-07. He then moved to Michigan, where Steven Threet, Tate Forcier and Dernard Robinson were the leading passers in his three years at Ann Arbor. He has coached Scott and Denker in his two seasons at Arizona.