Quick hitters from Arizona's initial availability at Pac-12 Media Days in Hollywood, California (with additional afternoon updates at the bottom of this post):

* Coach Rich Rodriguez said Arizona has "two returning starters" at quarterback in his opinion and that Anu Solomon and Brandon Dawkins will split first-team reps during training camp.

* Rodriguez said he's looking for Solomon to be more consistent. Rodriguez said Solomon can handle a lot mentally and that he's more competitive than people think.

* More on the QBs: Rodriguez said Solomon is a better runner than people think and that a 40-yard dash between him and Dawkins would be "close."

* Rodriguez on freshman QB Khalil Tate: "He can throw it 80 yards, and he runs well. But we've got to make sure he runs in the right direction and throws to our guys."

* Rodriguez said Tate is behind the other two QBs but will get legitimate reps during camp. Rodriguez said Tate loves football, and that's a big factor.

* Rodriguez said it's been a major challenge to figure out what opening foe BYU will look like with a new coaching staff. Rodriguez and his staff have been been looking at a lot of old and different film.

* In his search for a new defensive coordinator, Rodriguez said he wasn't looking for scheme so much as personality. Marcel Yates has the personality he was seeking.

* Rodriguez said Yates and the new defensive staff have brought "renewed enthusiasm" to the defensive side of the ball.

* "I don't know how good we're going to be," Rodriguez said of the defense. "I know we weren't good enough last year. I know we need to get better."

* RichRod said one of the big keys on defense is senior CB DaVonte' Neal having a big year.

* Rodriguez on veteran DT Sani Fuimaono: "He's not quite my age, but he's close." Fuimaono just turned 24. He missed two seasons to take an LDS Mission.

* Fuimaono has lost 50 pounds. He's now at 267. He's playing defensive tackle now as opposed to nose tackle last year. He looks and feels like a different guy. He completely changed his diet to drop the weight.

* Fuimaono on the need for defensive changes: "Something wasn't clicking."

* Fuimaono said the UA defense "definitely has a different energy" and "we're very hungry" after the bad results of last season.

* Rodriguez said offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa "is healthy now" after missing spring and the end of 2015 because of a knee injury and will be competing for a starting job, presumably at left guard.

* Rodriguez predicted "a handful" of freshmen would play this year and even more next year if the UA can keep its big, promising 2017 class together.

* Rodriguez is happy to have the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility but said Arizona still needs an indoor practice bubble because of the harsh summer weather in Tucson.

AFTERNOON UPDATES:

* Rodriguez said senior safety Tellas Jones is "good to go" for training camp. Jones was suspended for spring after an off-the-field incident in early February.

* Rodriguez expects linebacker Michael Barton, a grad transfer from Cal, to have an immediate impact. Barton likely will play inside linebacker.

* Rodriguez said injuries aren't the only reason linebacker Derrick Turituri is no longer with the program, but Rodriguez declined to elaborate.

* Rodriguez said he's hopeful linebacker Jake Matthews (foot) will be healthy for the start of camp. Rodriguez said Matthews' offseason workouts have gone well.

* Rodriguez said prized freshman Michael Eletise will start out at guard and will also get looks at center.

* Rodriguez said the UA is still waiting to hear from the NCAA whether transfer receiver Zach Benjamin, a transfer from South Florida, will be eligible to play this year.

* Rodriguez said the kicker and punter jobs remain "wide open." Josh Pollack is the leader at both spots. Newcomer Edgar Gastelum, a transfer from Arizona Western College, will compete with Pollack and others.