Arizona confident in Denker

Arizona confident in Denker

With news of Matt Scott's concussion, B.J. Denker could get the start against Colorado. Read on for the Wildcats' thoughts on Denker and more.

With Matt Scott questionable for Saturday's game against Colorado, it looks as if there is a good chance that backup quarterback B.J. Denker will get the start. Although he has not played a lot this season, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez has confidence in Denker.

"B.J. is playing alright," Rodriguez said. "I think his decision making, his demeanor, and his command on what we are asking him to do is good. It is kind of a tough situation to go in when we are that far behind. I thought he made a couple good decisions and a couple good throws. He has a good grasp on what we are doing offensively."

Many Arizona fans may assume that Arizona will go with a simpler game plan should Denker start, but Rodriguez does not believe that to be the case.

"B.J. wasn't here in the spring but he picked it up as quickly as we hoped he would," Rodriguez said. "He had a really good fall camp. He is a sharp guy so we are going to run what we run."

Wide receiver Austin Hill also believes that there will not be many chances in the way that the offense is run.

"It doesn't change the offense at all," Hill said. "We are going to go out there and play our offense. We are going to run our routes the way that Coach (Rich) Rodriguez wants us to run them. B.J. is more than capable of running the offense."

Rodriguez and Hill are not the only people that believe in Denker, as Kyle Quinn shares the same sentiment.

"We have all the confidence in B.J.," Quinn said. "There are a few things that he does do differently because he is a lefty. But we run a shotgun so it shouldn't affect us too much. He can direct our offense and make the plays."

In addition, Hill believes that the team is comfortable with Denker at quarterback despite there being differences between he and Scott.

"He is left-handed," Hill said of Denker. "The way that he throws is different. As a receiver, every quarterback has a different feel when you catch the ball. I have practiced with B.J. a lot so I'm comfortable with him passing the ball to me, just like Matt (Scott). It doesn't matter who is playing quarterback, as long as he is getting the job done."

Should Denker not be able to have success on Saturday, wide receiver Richard Morrison would be next in line.

"All spring he was with the quarterbacks and probably a little bit of training camp," Rodriguez said. "This week he will be taking more reps at quarterback and then Javelle Allen will be the next quarterback. He is a true freshman who we would like to redshirt. Richard had pretty good command of (the offense) in the spring and he throws the ball pretty well. We will see what he can do this week in practice."

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