The University of Utah has considerably beefed up its staffing of the quarterback position, but the Utes still can't match Arizona's volume.
The Wildcats had seven QBs competing in spring drills, and will add two more in August. As many as five of them remain legitimate contenders for the starting job.
The quarterbacks didn't separate themselves "as much as we probably would have liked, but that's not necessarily a disappointing thing," coach Rich Rodriguez said Thursday, during the Pac-12's post-spring media teleconference.
Rodriguez has played a senior QB each of his two seasons in Tucson, and it could happen again. Jesse Scroggins, who began his college career at USC, is among the contenders. At the other extreme, if redshirt freshman Anu Solomon wins the the job, he could keep it for four years.
In any case, Rodriguez will stage "a full-fledged competition all the way up to the first game and maybe even after that," he said.
Other quarterbacks in the picture include sophomore Connor Brewer, junior Nick Isham and Jerrard Randall, who originally enrolled at LSU and came to Arizona via a junior college, similar to Scroggins' path.
The Wildcats also have to sort out personnel issues at running back, linebacker and defensive back, Rodriguez said. Arizona will open the season Aug. 29 vs. UNLV. Texas-San Antonio and Nevada are the Wildcats' other nonconference opponents. Arizona will visit Utah on Nov. 22.
- Kurt Kragthorpe
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