Position Analysis: Quarterback

The Arizona Wildcats are heading into fall camp with plenty of question marks at the quarterback position. Read on for some analysis on the contenders, who we think will win the starting job, and more.

When Rich Rodriguez arrived in the desert to coach Arizona, there was no question about who his starting quarterback would be. The Wildcats had a redshirt senior quarterback, Matt Scott, who helped lead his team to eight wins in Rodriguez's debut.

Now that Scott has graduated and began his career in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Arizona coaches will have to name the next starting quarterback. It is a task that has not yet been completed as the Wildcats are heading into fall camp.

The proven: B.J. Denker – The senior is the lone player on the Wildcats' roster that saw the field last season. Denker was a solid backup, seeing most of his time with Scott dealing with injuries late in the season.

Denker made an appearance in five games last season. He only attempted 37 passes, but successfully completed 25 of them for three touchdowns. Denker also threw an interception in a blow out loss to Oregon.

He made his only start late in the season against Colorado, as Scott missed the game with a concussion. Denker was 12-14 in the game, showing off what he could do under center.

The left-hander may be the leader heading into camp, but it would be surprising if that were the case heading into the first week of the season. The general belief is that Denker may not have much room to grow moving forward. He can effectively run the offense, but there may be other options with higher upside for the future of the program.

The question mark: Jesse Scroggins – The former USC Trojan joined the Wildcats in time for the spring semester, but missed most of the spring drills while recovering from a nagging toe injury.

Scroggins was highly touted coming out of high school, but fell behind while at USC due to an injury and opted to spend a year at a junior college instead of transferring to another Division-I school. During his short JC stay, the quarterback was again hindered by an injury, but still managed to find his way to Tucson.

Due to his great arm strength, Scroggins can be an incredible threat in an offense that desperately needs an arm to complement Ka'Deem Carey's rushing attack. However, what he brings with his arm, Scroggins lacks in speed.

Rodriguez has said before that he is willing to tailor the offense around his personnel. The main concern with Scroggins is that he needs to prove that he can stay healthy. If he can get through camp injury-free, he should be right in the thick of the quarterback conversation.

The most potential: Anu Solomon – The freshman has already impressed many of his teammates in the summer workouts. While the coaches like what Solomon can do and the upside that he has, the quarterback will still have to prove himself and earn the starting position.

Solomon had a storied career at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman high school, where he started every game for all four of his years there. During his stay, he started in sixty football games and won the Nevada State Championship every year.

It seems like it would be easy to have Solomon as the favorite from the moment he got on campus, but it isn't quite that easy. The transition from high school to college is difficult for many players to make and it is even harder for a quarterback. While he will have to learn the playbook, Solomon would also have to step into a demanding leadership role if he was chosen as the starter.

If he can make the transition smoothly and continue to impress those around him, Solomon should be in a good position to challenge for the starting spot.

The darkhorse: Khari McGee – While he may get some reps at the quarterback position during fall camp, McGee is long shot to start as a signal caller this season. He is an incredible athlete with skills that can translate to success in the spread option offense, but he is still raw in some areas.

Depending on how much promise McGee shows in fall camp, the coaches will have a decision to make about whether the athlete should continue to progress as a quarterback or if he would be more beneficial to the team at another position.

Our prediction: Solomon is our prediction to be Arizona's starting quarterback this season. The freshman has incredible upside and has already showed his potential during the summer seven-on-seven drills.

We believe that the quarterback battle will come down to Scroggins and Solomon. If the freshman is in the running of a close race, it makes more sense that the coaches would choose to start him and gain him valuable game experience early in the season in order to help the transition.

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