Wednesday’s Coverage of the Cats


>> Anthony Gimino of writes about JC transfer quarterback B.J. Denker emerging as the No. 2 quarterback in the fall drills behind Matt Scott. The lack of major-college experience at the backup spot is nothing new. Denker has an experience edge in terms of his time in junior college over true freshmen Javelle Allen and Josh Kern.

>> Cameron Moon of the Arizona Daily Wildcat ( writes about how the Wildcats are looking forward to bonding at Fort Huachuca near Sierra Vista starting Wednesday night. Moon adds that the Arizona football players will be “treated” to their first dose of head coach Rich Rodriguez’s two-a-day practices, starting Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.

>> Tracy McDannald has a similar piece of the UA headed to Fort Huachuca at

>> Craig Morgan of writes about the three position battles to watch in camp. They include linebacker, defensive end and offensive tackle. The reason why those positions deserve attention is their lack of depth and injured players trying to come back and maintain their spot on the pecking order.

>> The teammate of Lawrence Walker, a receiver who committed to the UA football program Tuesday night, has joined him in wanting to play for the Wildcats. Four-star tailback Pierre Cormier announced Wednesday that he will play for the Wildcats along with Walker, his San Diego Madison High School teammate. As a junior, Cormier (5-9, 179) rushed for 1,471 yards and 20 touchdowns and averaged more than eight yards per carry. He also held offers from Boise State, Oregon State, Purdue, UCLA, Utah and Washington State, among others.

>> In basketball news, Bruce Pascoe of The Arizona Daily Star informs us that the UA will take part in ESPN’s College GameDay but the Wildcats will not be hosting this time. The ESPN crew will be at Pauley Pavilion for the UA-UCLA game on March 2.

>> Pascoe also writes about seven Pac-12 teams taking foreign trips this summer, including Arizona’s to the Bahamas this week. Reminds me of when I accompanied the 1997 NCAA championship team to Australia less than two months after they won it all. One highlight was Arizona playing an outdoors game against an Australian pro team adjacent to the Sydney Opera House. I was shocked to see a handful of UA fans living in Australia there cheering for the Wildcats.

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