B.J. Denker has gotten yelled at this year — a lot.
If things go his way, he’ll be the one doing the yelling soon enough. Denker, who will celebrate his Senior Day today at Arizona Stadium, said this week he wants to be a coach once his playing career is over. Yelling, he figures, will be one of the biggest job perks.
“Hopefully I’ll be in Tucson in a couple of years and you’ll be seeing more of me and coach won’t be yelling at me, I’ll be yelling at somebody else in a red and blue jersey,” Denker said. “I’ll be a Division I coach in the next 10-15 years. That would be my goal.”
Denker said he’s going “to try to play as long as possible” — even if it means moving to Canada or Europe for a few years. After that, the Wildcats quarterback wants to join a staff as a graduate assistant and move his way up the coaching latter.
Rodriguez thinks his quarterback will make a good coach.
“He’s really smart and he picks things up well,” Rodriguez said. “Sometimes I forget it’s just his second year. I think he would be an excellent coach. I think he’s got a pretty good base of knowledge.”
Today will be Denker’s final start at Arizona Stadium and the quarterback was the focus of a Rodriguez message to his team earlier this week.
Rodriguez was asked this week if he was proud of Denker, the team’s first-year starter. His answer:
“Absolutely, and I mentioned that to the team the other day,” Rodriguez said. “I said we got after him hard, Coach (Rod) Smith and I, from August, even in spring practice, and he’s gotten better and I think he’s been a good leader.
“For a second-year player, I’m really proud of the way he’s performed.”
Denker, who came to the UA from Cerritos Junior College before the 2012 season, has a hard time believing his Senior Day is already here.
“I remember graduating high school, saying, ‘What am I going to do? Am I even going to have a chance to play Division I?’ Denker said. “Then I got the call and I was here and now it’s my last home game. It’s gone by fast and I just try to enjoy every moment of it. I’ll have some great memories.”