Denson ready for debut

True freshman Cam Denson will be playing his first game of his collegiate career on Friday night. Read on to find out if he is starting to feel jittery, how he is preparing, and more.

In the first two years at Arizona, Rich Rodriguez was forced to play true freshmen that were not necessarily ready for action.

On Friday, he will play Cameron Denson, not necessarily out of necessity, but because of the work that the corner has put in during fall camp.

Denson survived his first official camp as a Wildcat and is now preparing for the first game of the season.

"Everything went good with camp," Denson said. "We are out here getting better every day and now that we are starting to game plan for UNLV, it has been really good."

The depth chart was released on Monday and the freshman was listed as a second-string cornerback.

"I wasn't surprised at all when the depth chart came out," he said. "I knew that I had to work hard if I wanted to get on the field and I have done that so far. I can't stop now. I have a lot of work still to do."

Despite knowing that he will be playing in his first college game on Friday, Denson is trying to take it one day at a time.

"I don't really get nervous the day of games," Denson said. "Right now it is helping that school just started because I am trying to focus on that and take everything day by day."

In addition to playing in his first game, the cornerback will be stepping on the field in front of his hometown friends, family, and fans.

"I know it is going to be a big atmosphere here on Friday," he said. "I haven't really thought about how big it could be with friends and family here. It could be really big, but I'm just thinking about today right now."

Now that camp is over, the Wildcats are turning their attention to UNLV and the attention to detail in the game prep is something that has stood out to Denson.

"We look more in depth at film and tendencies than we did in high school," Denson said. "We look at how they play as a team and how each receiver runs each route and a lot of little things like that."

The corner may get the chance to match up with one of the best wide receivers in college football on Saturday, Devante Davis, but Denson feels that practicing against some of the Arizona receivers has prepared him for that.

"We have great receivers, with Davonte' Neal, Austin Hill, Cayleb Jones, Samajie Grant and all those guys," he said. "Going against those guys is definitely preparing us for a guy like Davis on the other side of the ball. It's a blessing to get to work with them in practice and get better because of it."

As for what Denson is looking forward to most, he just wants to get his first hit.

"You always get excited for your firsts," he said. "I'm probably going to be out there on special teams, so that might be where I get my first hit. I'm just excited for anything I can get to do out there."


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