Arizona Wildcats starting quarterback spot still up in the air as camp nears

2013-08-01T00:00:00Z 2013-08-01T09:44:35Z Arizona Wildcats starting quarterback spot still up in the air as camp nearsDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

In a perfect world, Rich Rodriguez would at least have an idea who his starting quarterback was going to be for his team's season opener later this month.

The Arizona Wildcats coach would have had six weeks of spring drills to evaluate former USC and El Camino College product Jesse Scroggins go head-to-head with senior B.J. Denker. Sure, incoming freshman Anu Solomon would still be a bit of a mystery, but at least the Denker-Scroggins debate would be a little clearer.

As it is, Scroggins missed the majority of spring recovering from offseason foot surgery. Denker got nearly all of the snaps with the first-team offense and Scroggins spent most of the spring in a walking boot.

So now Rodriguez will enter fall camp on Saturday without a clear idea of who takes the first snap against NAU on Aug. 30.

But, there's one fact that has alleviated at least some of Rodriguez's concern.

"The talent is going to be there," the coach said. "What's going to be critical for us as coaches is putting those guys in different situations to see who emerges."

Here's our reset of the quarterbacks:

What the group looked like before spring practice: Javelle Allen, Fr.; Alex Cappellini, Jr.; B.J. Denker, Sr.; Nick Isham, So.; Jack Nykaza, Fr.; Jesse Scroggins, Jr.

What it looks like now: Allen, Denker, Isham and Scroggins

Help on the way: Khari McGee, Fresno, Calif.; Anu Solomon, Las Vegas; Adam Friederichsen, Encinitas, Calif.

By the numbers: 4,126: Matt Scott accounted for 4,126 yards of total offense last season and the UA must find a way to now replace it.

The lowdown: Cappellini and Nykaza were both walk-ons who left the program after spring. Nykaza is now at Pima College.

McGee wasn't nearly as highly recruited as Solomon, but still brings some tools to the position that Rodriguez and quarterbacks coach Rod Smith like. He's a candidate to redshirt this season, but could contribute down the line.

Allen and Isham will try to get into the QB competition this fall, but it will be tough with Denker, Scroggins and Solomon all ahead of them.

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk.

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 2 0 0.778 10 3 0 0.769
USC 6 3 0 0.667 8 4 0 0.667
UCLA 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Arizona State 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Utah 5 4 0 0.556 9 4 0 0.692
Colorado 0 9 0 0.000 2 10 0 0.167

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 8 1 0 0.889 12 1 0 0.923
Stanford 5 4 0 0.556 7 5 0 0.583
Washington 4 5 0 0.444 8 5 0 0.615
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 7 0 0.417
Washington State 2 7 0 0.222 3 9 0 0.250
Oregon State 2 7 0 0.222 5 7 0 0.417
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