9/10 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez met with the media after practice on Tuesday. Read on for his thoughts on B.J. Denker, the passing game overall, and more.

Rich Rodriguez and Arizona continue their preparation for UTSA and there were a handful of notes to come out of Tuesday's practice.

  • Despite the fact that Ka'Deem Carey had not taken a hit for quite a while before the UNLV game, Rodriguez feels he came out of it fine.

    "He played pretty well," Rodriguez said. "He ran hard, which he always does. There's a few things in protection we have to clean up a little bit, but he looked like his old self from the first carry on."

  • Carey's punishment is completely over and Arizona's head coach insinuated that he will be using more of a two back set with Carey and Daniel Jenkins.

    "They're both starting," Rodriguez said. "I don't know what formation we are going to open up with, but I am happy we can use both at the same time. D.J. is a little banged up. We'd have done it more in the last game, but we're going to use them both and try to keep them both fresh."

  • There has been much discussion about the passing game and although it seems that Denker has struggled, Rodriguez made a point to talk about the positives.

    "We've thrown the ball well in practice really the last several weeks and really B.J.'s decision making has been pretty good," Rodriguez said. "We have just missed a few close calls and we have to connect on those.

    "He's been good. He hasn't panicked at all. They have a certain timing based on the route and protection that they are given in the gun, so they don't have to think is it 2.5 seconds or whatever. It is defined by protection, by the route, and his drop. He's done a good job of taking off. If everybody is covered, he and the rest of the guys run well enough that they shouldn't hesitate to take off."

  • Arizona was as conservative as can be in the second half of the UNLV game, but Rodriguez says that most of the playbook was in play during the first half.

    "Not as much," Rodriguez said of what he held back. "It was in the second half because we had the lead and we were just running the ball and running the clock out a little bit, but whatever we have to do to win."

  • Rodriguez was asked if he was okay with Denker being more of a game manager and he was quick to put that term down.

    "I've never really used that term because in our offense there is really no such thing," he said. "We put a lot more on the quarterback than maybe most people realize because of his involvement in the run game. He is not managing things' he has to make decisions and see the whole field."


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