Denker fighting to be a starter

B.J. Denker was the top quarterback all spring, but knows he does not have the job yet. Read on for his thoughts on the competition, his mentality, and more.

B.J. Denker emerged as the best quarterback in the spring, but without Jesse Scroggins competing, it is difficult to read too much into the situation.

Still, Denker knows that there is work to be done and looks forward to the challenge that will be presented in the summer.

"I knew Jesse was going to be here," Denker said. "He came back a little earlier than people expected, but that's good. In this offense, we know that the quarterback can go down at any second, so we need guys that know how to play and can step in at any time and play. We are going to compete and that will make us both better."

Denker was able to get a lot of work in this spring, but knows that the quarterback competition is likely still wide open.

"I got a lot of work with the ones," he said. "I feel confident, but it is not over. It has not been given to me, so I am going to go through this offseason and summer and train and work hard to try to be the best quarterback for this job."

In terms of his skills, Denker is not sure he has changed a lot from last season. However, he does acknowledge that his overall mentality has.

"Mentality wise I am more confident because I have more experience," he said. "I think confidence helps with your success and it is a big part of being a quarterback, so I feel more confident and more comfortable, which is always helpful."

That confidence also allows him to make plays with his legs, which is something that the other quarterbacks currently on the roster may not be as good at.

"I like to think I can get out of the pocket and move," Denker said. "If stuff breaks down, I can extend the play and make things happen with my legs. I think that is why I was recruited to come here."

No matter who wins the quarterback job, Austin Hill will no longer be on the field as the top target due to an ACL tear.

"That is what football is," Denker said. "There are injuries in football, but I know he will bounce back and be better than ever.

"We are going to rally behind him and he is going to be supportive and get healthy and back on this field."

Denker says that it will be difficult to replace Hill, but it also gives another player an opportunity to shine.

"It will be an individual and a team effort," he said. "Now people are going to have to step up and make plays. He was our number one receiver and now somebody else is going to have to step up and make plays."

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