The Arizona Wildcats have one practice and one scrimmage left this spring.

And when they finish, B.J. Denker will be the leader in the clubhouse in the race to be the team’s starting quarterback.

That doesn’t mean the job will be his when Arizona opens the season Aug. 30 against Northern Arizona. But if the Lumberjacks were coming to town today, Denker would likely be the signal-caller.

“He probably has the greatest grasp of what we’re doing offensively,” quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Rod Smith said. “He understands where the ball needs to go and what it needs to do at certain times.

“B.J. is ahead of all of them as far as knowing what’s going on.”

But Denker won’t be named the starter for the NAU game anytime soon — and the senior-to-be understands why.

He’ll battle with former USC backup Jesse Scroggins, Javelle Allen, Louisiana Tech transfer Nick Isham and incoming freshman Anu Solomon in August. The winner will take all.

“I don’t want the position given to me, and I don’t think it should be,” Denker said. “Competition makes you a better player and makes the team better. I’m fine with it being open.”

The Wildcats will practice Wednesday and then host their annual spring game Saturday at Kindall/Sancet Stadium.

Read more in Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.