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It would be no surprise if Rich Rodriguez chose Anu Solomon as Arizona's starting quarterback this fall.
Arizona had a major task on its hands this spring in replacing B.J. Denker as its new starting quarterback, with four quarterbacks battling to replace him.
None of them truly distinguished themselves this spring. Senior Jesse Scroggins, a former Southern California transfer, had a 44-yard touchdown pass and a 25-yard run in Arizona’s spring game but didn’t show enough overall consistency.
Sophomore Connor Brewer, a Texas transfer, is eligible this fall. He had two touchdowns in the spring game.
Junior Jerrard Randall will be in the mix this fall, too, arriving from LSU via Northeast Mississippi Community College.
That leaves redshirt freshman Anu Solomon, who acclimated himself well during spring practice. In the Wildcats’ spring game, he threw for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
Like his competitors, Solomon can throw or pass the ball well. He told the Arizona Daily Star's Daniel Berk that redshirting was “a learning experience,” but gaining 15 pounds of muscle and having a redshirt season to learn coach Rich Rodriguez’s system was helpful.
“It’s not the terminology of the system that’s tough, it’s the scheme of the play,” he said. “There are like six different things going on on one play, and you just have to know when to hit it and what’s going on.”
Rodriguez told reporters at Pac-12 Media Days, per ASAP Sports, that he doesn’t know who his starter will be and the race is open:
This is the truth, I really don't know who not just number one is, but I don't know who number one, two, or three is. But there is some talent there. There are four or five guys that will get a lot of rest early. Then after the first two, two and a half weeks of camp, we'll pair it down to the two or three main guys. It may not be settled until after the first game or two. But I think the talent is there, and that's a good thing.
He said that all four quarterbacks are “pretty similar”:
But they all have a little bit of strengths and weaknesses. The biggest thing for us is who can run the system and make plays when plays aren't there, but also take care of the ball. So it's kind of a big equation to go through all of them.
Now is the perfect time for Solomon, a former 3-star recruit, to seize the role. Arizona must replace All-America tailback Ka’Deem Carey but does return four starting offensive linemen as well as a talented receiving corps led by senior Austin Hill and Notre Dame transfer DaVonte’ Neal.
It is the perfect time for a freshman to grow with the Wildcats offense, and the right time for Solomon to win the job.