12/18 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Wednesday. Read on to see what he said about the redshirts, Anu Solomon, and more.

  • Ka'Deem Carey officially became a consensus All-American on Wednesday and it certainly did not come as a surprise.

    "Well-earned and it is an accomplishment for him certainly, but also the guys around him," Rich Rodriguez said. "The guys that block for him, the quarterback making the right reads, and all that. He has two really good years, two worthy All-American years.

    "It was a game and a half less because of the way the season started out and then we didn't have as many big runs, frankly we didn't have as many big holes as we had probably a year ago."

  • Whether or not Carey comes back, Pierre Cormier and Zachary Green are looking to become a part of the offense after redshirting this season.

    "They are coming along pretty nice," Rodriguez said. "These past six or seven practices have helped. They are all getting a little bit of reps and hopefully there will be some retention from it when we go through the 15 practices during the spring as well. They are two really good young players. I like our young guys. I think they are hungry and in the spring there is going to be a lot of healthy competition."

  • As Rodriguez looks for his quarterback next year, it will be important to see how each candidate handles criticism.

    "All the quarterbacks got rode pretty hard in August and I thought they all handled it pretty well," he said. "B.J. probably got rode the hardest and handled it extremely well. I would rather have them feel the pressure in practices as opposed to the pressure in the game.

    "I know there is always going to be pressure in the game to perform, but we want them to be so in tune with what we are doing and put pressure on them in practice, so games seem easy for them."

  • Among those quarterback options will be Anu Solomon, who Rodriguez says is still in a learning phase.

    "He has had a little bit of a sore shoulder," Rodriguez said. "He has a lot to learn, but the biggest thing for Anu to learn is that his redshirt year is about over and now it is time to compete. I think a lot of freshmen when they know they are not playing, they kind of go and are not as intense as they need to be. I think Anu sees the opportunity for the spring and we will see what happens."

  • The wide receiver position is expected to make a big jump next season when Cayleb Jones and Davonte Neal become eligible.

    "He (Jones) and Davonte and some of those other guys that are sitting out have been getting quality reps on the scout team and also the individuals," Rodriguez said. "I think the biggest thing now is that in these six practices they have been learning our stuff as opposed to the opponent's stuff, so I think that has really helped him, Davonte, and the rest of them."

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