Rich Rodriguez Leaning Towards Multiple Quarterbacks with Arizona Wildcats in 2013

By Tyler Brett
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As the Arizona Wildcats continue their search for the quarterback to follow Matt Scott in 2013, Rich Rodriguez is finding it hard to come to a definitive choice under center. The Cats made it through spring practice without a clear successor emerging and have even more talent coming into the position this fall with an incoming freshman with the talent to make an immediate impact. So is Arizona heading towards a multiple-QB offensive approach next season?

During media for the Pac 12, Rodriguez seemed open to the idea. At the very least, incoming freshman Anu Solomon would have some packages specifically designed for him to get him on the field early and use his athleticism to give the offense a spark next season. That means B.J. Denker and Jesse Scroggins are left to battle it out this fall to determine the starting position, with whoever wins the quarterback derby sharing reps on gameday with the freshman playmaker.

Rodriguez has some experience using two quarterbacks in his system. When he was head coach with the Michigan Wolverines, he juggled a pair of freshman signal callers, Denard Robinson and Tate Forcier, in and out of his lineup and was able to manufacture a solid offensive attack. There are always concerns about maintaining the flow of the offense and disrupting a quarterback’s rhythm when you move him in and out of a game like that, but a balance can be struck to make it work.

The struggle will be finding out just how much Solomon can handle in his first season on campus and how well Denker or Scroggins can adjust to being rotated out during a game. It will be up to Rodriguez to figure that out during fall camp to get the most out of his offense in 2013.

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