Earlier this week, it was Nick Isham, a sophomore non-scholarship transfer from Louisiana Tech, making a run at the quarterback spot.
He still is and now, you can add another candidate to the mix.
Coach Rich Rodriguez said redshirt freshman Javelle Allen has had a couple of strong days in practice. Today, Allen saw some time with the first group, which included RB Ka’Deem Carey and the first-team offensive line.
“In the beginning of camp, he was OK,” Rodriguez said of Allen. “The last couple of days, he’s got a little spark there. He’s getting himself more in the mix.”
Will Allen be the starter on Aug. 30 against NAU? Probably not. But, is it clear that Rodriguez is giving every player at that position a shot? Definitely.
“The thing is--I’m not holding anything out--it’s an ongoing battle everyday,” Rodriguez said of the QBs. “They’ve all had moments and some moments not-so-good. They’ll work through it.”
Rodriguez’s recent comments on Isham and Allen could certainly just be motivation for B.J. Denker and Jesse Scroggins. But it also seems he’s giving all of his QBs a real chance to prove themselves.
Some other news and notes from this morning’s practice:
• Rodriguez canceled the UA’s scheduled practice for tonight. Instead the team will do a walk-through and hold some meetings. The coach wanted to focus more on mental preparation tonight and give his squad a little physical breather 13 practices into camp.
• Senior Richard Morrison was back in a white jersey (offense) today for the first time this camp. Morrison had been working at cornerback and still will. But, with the lack of depth at receiver, the coaches want Morrison to work a little there as well. There’s a chance the Royse City, Texas native could play both ways this season.
“Richard Morrison may be playing some receiver,” Rodriguez said. “We started to move him around there today a little bit.”
• Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Beau Boyster tweeted last night that he was having surgery this morning. Rodriguez didn’t specify what the injury was, but it sounds like it could be season-ending for the Temecula, Calif., native. Boyster was going to contend for playing time this season and likely serve as a backup.
• Rodriguez has really liked what he’s seen from true freshman linebacker Scooby Wright. He said he has stood out in nearly every practice this fall. He’s also been impressed with Derrick Turituri, DeAndre Miller and Ryan Dunn--all true freshman linebackers.
Some quotes from after practice:
• Rodriguez on the team’s progress: “We just have a lot of work to do. They’re working OK. I don’t think our effort is overly outstanding and it’s not underwhelming either. It’s just there. Some spots are pretty good, but we have a long way to go.”
• Rodriguez on the season-opener being two weeks away: “Too close for us. The thing is and I’ve said this for years is not having a preseason game and not really judging where you’re at is kinda difficult. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. The games mean so much and this is the only level that doesn’t have a scrimmage or a practice against someone else. It’s the only level of football that doesn’t have that. It seems kinda silly not to change that rule.”
• Rodriguez on offensive lineman Jacob Arzouman returning from a torn ACL: “ He needs to get to the point where he can trust it. He’s a tough guy and he’s working through it. I have not been pleased with any of our play up front on the offensive line so far. But he’s working hard and he’s getting to the point where he can trust it.”