Arizona Wildcats football: News, notes and a few links

2013-10-01T12:42:00Z 2013-10-25T19:10:02Z Arizona Wildcats football: News, notes and a few linksDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 01, 2013 12:42 pm  • 

Rich Rodriguez made his weekly appearance on the Pac-12 coaches teleconference today and didn't reveal anything he hadn't said before.

The coach reinforced that B.J. Denker is still Arizona's starting quarterback, which he said after Saturday's 31-13 loss at Washington. Denker met with the coaches before Sunday's short practice and will work with the first-team today when the Wildcats regroup for their afternoon practice.

Rodriguez said backup Javelle Allen is "closing the gap" but that likely as much to do with Denker's shaky performance at Washington as it does with Allen's recent play at practice. 

Denker is still clearly the starter for the UA. Could RichRod tinker with the playbook a little change around the scheme for Denker? Certainly. But the job is still his for now.

The coach will speak with reporters after today's practice. We'll have more from him in tomorrow's  Star along with quotes from some players.

In the mean time, here are a couple of other notes and links of interest.


Scottsdale Chaparral High School tight end Trevor Wood, an Arizona Wildcats commit, was offered by USC today. This shouldn't come as a shock that the Trojans are getting out and making offers even with Lane Kiffin gone. Interim coach Ed Orgeron is known as a relentless recruiter and is using this time to show what we can do.

At any rate, Wood took to Twitter to say he wasn't interested and still remains committed to Rodriguez and the UA. 


The latest CBS Sports bowl projections still have Arizona headed to the Las Vegas Bowl to play Utah State.

Athlon Sports also put out bowl projections today and have the Wildcats headed to San Francisco for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against BYU.

In its latest Pac-12 power rankings, Athlon has Arizona at No. 7.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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