Aug 26, 2014 2:55 PM by Paul Cicala, KVOA News 4 Sports Director
History will be made when the Arizona football team opens the season against UNLV this Friday. For the first time in the Pac-10/12 era, the Wildcats will start a freshman at quarterback in the season opener.
Redshirt freshman Anu Solomon, a 3-star quarterback out of Bishop Gorman high school in Las Vegas, got the call.
Here's what Coach Rodriguez had to say about the freshman signal caller:
"Anu Solomon will be the starter Friday night. That doesn't mean that he plays the whole game and that he will be the starter the rest of the season but I also don't want any quarterback to ever go in thinking as soon as I make a mistake I'm coming out. That's not going to be the case either but thought he deserved the right to start the first game. I'm confident that Anu will play well and he will be the starter as long as he plays well and we win. The coaches, and myself particularly, felt that he was playing the best out of all four quarterbacks. I think he's got a good feel for the game and I want to make it clear it's not like he did this thing and these other guys didn't. I think he did more things better on a consistent basis for him to start."
Solomon wasn't made available at the Rich Rodriguez Monday presser. He beat out other candidates for the position, including Jesse Scroggins, Jerrard Randall and Connor Brewer.
Solomon, can continue learning from last season's starter, BJ Denker, who's been at Arizona practices helping the quarterbacks this fall.
"I'm glad he's here because he has played the position recently and he had to learn it quickly," saidCoach Rodriguez. "He has a great perspective on what the players can pick up quickly and what is hard for them to learn. I think he is going to be a great asset for us."