Now that Spring football is complete, it is a good opportunity to take a look at each position and where it stands going into the summer, starting with quarterback.
There really wasn’t much of a question going into the spring, as Anu Solomon was widely regarded to be the best quarterback on the roster. The way the season ended left a sour taste in some peoples’ mouth, but that doesn’t change the fact that Solomon was a redshirt freshman quarterback that helped Arizona have one of its most successful seasons ever.
The only way Solomon was going to lose the starting position is if he had an atrocious spring and another quarterback stepped up and took it from him.
Solomon looked more confident than ever in the pocket and was willing to make his reads rather than settling for the first option.
Talking to the receivers, this was the first time in years that they acknowledged a starting quarterback from the start of spring and it was apparent talking to each member of the offense that they expected and wanted Solomon to be the guy.
It is only spring ball and thus difficult to really judge how much improvement there is, but Solomon was impressive and did not do anything that would lead anybody to second guess what Arizona has at the position moving forward.
The biggest improvement among the quarterbacks looks to be Jerrard Randall, who almost looked like a completely different player out there.
Randall’s biggest issue last season was that he wanted to wait a second or two and then carry the ball and run. After taking the off-season to talk with coaches and analyze his game, he came to the conclusion that he wasn’t nearly patient enough.
Fast forward to the spring, and we saw a quarterback that trusted his teammates and was willing to wait a few extra seconds to make the successful play.
Randall is always going to have the strongest arm on the team and be the fastest quarterback, so if he is able to be more of a quarterback and a smarter player, Randall s good enough to deserve a package here and there.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Dawkins remains a work in progress, which is no surprise. He was on scout team last year and that is an entirely different feeling due to a complete change in expectations.
Dawkins has the physical tools, but the mental aspect of the game remains a concern for him. He is confident, so that is not an issue, but the speed does seem to get to him at times.
If Dawkins is going to succeed, he is going to have to get comfortable in the offense and stop trying to force things. That’s easier said than done, but it’s the truth.