Cam Denson made the transition from corner to receiver this offseason, but feels that rigorous process has him positioned to contribute at the highest level possible.
“It’s been a solid transition for me”, Denson said. “It’s always kind of tough when you switch positions at the college level more so than high school. When spring ball first started, I thought I was going backwards for the longest time.”
“These last few weeks I’ve realized how playing defense last year has made things much easier for me. Now I can read coverages and see what defenses are throwing at us. That way, I can react to defenses better because I played corner.”
Arizona released its first depth chart of the season on Sunday, which has Denson listed as a back up slot receiver behind senior Nate Phillips. The second year player admits seeing the field as a starter is a process.
“It doesn’t upset me as much as you would think,” he said. “It’s about being the best player I can be. I’m just trying to be a part of the rotation on game days and I know that I will.”
“Getting the playing time and things you don’t experience in practice is what I want to get under my belt this first week.”
Rich Rodriguez is unlikely to name a starting quarterback before Saturday. This has Denson prepared to be thrown to by either player.
It really doesn’t effect me too much at all,” Denson said. “Anu and Brandon are both really good quarterbacks. They both can throw the ball extremely well and I know whoever it is playing they will be able to run our offense fluently.”
“We honestly don’t know who is going to be the starter right now. Both of them have been getting reps with the ones and twos and all of our receivers have worked with them equally. I’m comfortable with both of their styles.”
BYU’s defenses are notorious for having length and size in the secondary, which is something that Denson is ready to face.
“When you go up against a defense like that, it’s just about putting full effort into every single play,” he said. “We know they are group a long group in the backfield and you have to be ready for that.”