The Arizona Wildcats have added a quarterback for the 2012 season — B.J. Denker from Cerritos (Calif.) Junior College.
The left-handed Denker completed 160 of 286 passes for 2,319 yards, with 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season. He also rushed 92 times for 430 yards and seven scores.
“I’m pretty mobile and if you had asked me a couple of years ago what I was I would have said I was an athlete playing quarterback,” Denker told JCFootball.com last month. “But now I’d say I’m a quarterback who can move because I’ve worked a lot on my mechanics and my overall knowledge of the position.
“I read defenses well and I definitely would rather throw the ball down the field, get it to my playmakers and let them make the plays because that’s what they are there to do.”
Denker, who attended North Torrance High School in California, has two years of eligibility remaining and already has used a redshirt season. He was listed last season at 6-3, 195 pounds.
He joins five others vying for a backup role to senior Matt Scott in 2012.
Arizona is trying junior wide receiver Richard Morrison, a former high school quarterback, at the position this spring, although Morrison has barely played in two scrimmages because of an injured pectoral muscle. Sophomore walk-ons Tyler D’Amore and Alex Cappellini are also in camp.
Two freshmen — Javelle Allen and Josh Kern — will arrive for fall camp.