As Arizona get closer to facing BYU in the season opener, a major question mark still remains at the starting quarterback position and, as junior Anu Solomon describes, the pressure and scrutiny is all just part of the game.
“I don’t pay attention to any of that,” Solomon said. “I know that if I go out and compete to the best of my ability every day in practice, I’ll be the guy out there.”
“I’ve focused on the little things. My reads need to get better and I know that. Staying healthy is a huge thing for me as well.”
In addition to improving the fundamentals and skills ets needed to earn the job, Solomon understands being a more vocal leader this season is crucial.
“My relationship with everyone in our offense has never been better,” he said. “I just try to lighten up the mood. There is always a lot of pressure on everybody this time of year, especially the new guys.”
As fall camp concludes and regular season practice has begun, the junior admits the offense as a whole has significantly progressed these past few days.
“Everybody on our offense has stepped it up,” Solomon said. “The reality of playing an actual football game has hit me and the majority of our guys. With all the hard work everyone has put in, we can’t wait to take the field in Glendale.”
Arizona is returning a strong core group of receivers, and Solomon feels they will play a major role in the success at the quarterback position.
“Nate, Trey and Samajie are all veterans on this team,” he said. They are all guys I can count to do the right things on every play.
“Their presence is going to help out the young players a lot. Certain guys learn the offense faster than others and three veteran leaders will certainly ease the process.”