"He was pretty solid tonight and he made some good decisions," Rodriguez said Friday. "He made lots of plays in the running game and made some good reads.
"He had some throws that I'm sure he would like to have back, but he had his eyes in the right places."
However, the head coach also admitted that he would like to see his quarterback perform better moving forward.
"We need to throw the ball better and convert more third downs," Rodriguez said. "We had a lot of third and shorts that we didn't execute. NAU did well to stop us, but there was a lot of lack of execution that got us off the field after third downs.
Denker did not disagree with Rodriguez's assessment, but was quick to point out that the final result was the desired one.
"We got the victory, so that's all I was hoping for," he said. "The stats weren't off the charts, but we got the win and I'm happy about that."
There were not any offensive turnovers, but Denker is still confident that he is going to improve as a quarterback.
"There were some reads I missed on my part," he said. "I'll take the blame for that. There were a couple throws I should have made. That's not going to happen again. We're going to get into the film room and fix that."
The anticipation leading up to the opener was that Arizona would play multiple quarterbacks, but Denker got the majority of the snaps.
Still, he realizes that it is an ongoing competition and knows that he is not at a point where he can relax.
"My job isn't safe because I got this win," Denker said. "I have to work hard every week and watch film. I can't be relaxed and I'm not going to be."