Aug 31, 2014 1:54 AM by Richie Melby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TUCSON - It's time to put the quarterback questions to rest, at least for now. Redshirt freshman Anu Solomon overcame some early inconsistencies to set a UofA freshmen record with 425 yards and four touchdowns, each to a different receiver.
"It's a blessing to have such a talented wide receiving corps where you can throw it to one guy, then throw to another guy and hopefully they can make a big play," Solomon said.
As impressive as the passing game was, fans can't overlook what the Cats did on the ground. Friday night was the first time since late 2010 Terris Jones-Grigsby carried the ball in a game. He responded with 124 yards and a score making fans feel at ease about the loss of Ka'Deem Carey.
"That was pretty much my rookie start and my legs are still shaking," joked Jones-Grigsby. "There were a couple runs I thought I could bust but it felt like my legs weighed a thousand pounds.
"Again, I just want to thank the linemen. They opened up the holes. When you do what the coach tells you to do I guess that's what kind of game you can have."
Friday was also a nice welcome back for Austin Hill who recorded his seventh 100-yard receiving game thanks to the 3rd longest touchdown in program history.
"I wasn't expecting it to go that far but once I got the man off me I really wanted to score," Hill said of his 92-yard touchdown reception. "I kind of showed everyone some speed I didn't know I had. It was fun and a great feeling getting in the endzone and hearing the crowd roar just like I used to."
Arguably the biggest play of the night came from the defensive side of the ball when Will Parks introduced himself to UNLV's Marcus Sullivan.
"Yeah actually when I hit him I got kind of dizzy, said Parks. "But it felt good to be out there and have that kind of a hit in the first game. It was crazy."
The Wildcats head to San Antonio to meet UTSA in a 5pm (Tucson time) kickoff on Fox Sports 1.