8/6 Football Notebook

Rich Rodriguez

Rich Rodriguez met with the media after Wednesday's practice to discuss the quarterbacks, freshmen class, and more.

  • Arizona's freshmen continue to impress and Rich Rodriguez believes a nice chunk of them will contribute right away.

    "I think we have some skilled players in the freshman class and a couple of good linemen," he said. "I predicted there would be half of them or maybe eight or nine that would play as a true freshman and that will be about right."

  • Cameron Denson is moving his way up the depth chart and looks to be in store for a big role this season.

    "He is a competitive guy," Rodriguez said. "He’s got the ability to play the ball in the air, he has great ball skills. He still has to gain some weight and get some strength, but he has a long, lean body."

    The quarterback competition continues to be close, but Rodriguez is confident there will eventually be separation.

    "About like I gauged B.J. through five last year, which wasn’t really good," Rodriguez said of the progress. "They are making some steps. Coach Smith will do a great job of getting them ready. I don’t like seeing the same mistakes made every day, that is what’s frustrating.

    "I don’t think there has been a whole big separation yet, but there will be by a week from now. I predict there will be some separation."

  • Wednesday was the first day of hitting, but Rodriguez does not believe that makes it any harder to evaluate.

    "I have my thoughts and Coach Smith has his thoughts," he said. "Until we scrimmage it might be a little bit more difficult, but I have in my mind who is starting to pull away or at least starting to get it.

    "I am hoping I have at least two I can win with. I’m not concerned about having a starter, I just want two I can win with."

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