TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona's issues in the passing game don't all fall at the feet of quarterback B.J. Denker.
In all fairness to B.J. he's not playing with a full deck. Going into spring practice must observers of Arizona Football would have told you that the top three receivers on the Wildcats roster were Austin Hill, David Richards and Tyler Slavin.
Hill tore his ACL during spring practice and is out for the season. Richards injured his foot during summer conditioning and missed the first three games of the season. He returned to the Wildcats lineup on Saturday in the loss at Washington but did not have a catch. Slavin left the team during the summer.
It would be unfair to ask Nick Foles or Matt Scott to perform at a high level under those circumstances let alone Denker.
That said, I felt B.J. did not have a great game Saturday of reading the defense, in any phase. He missed read on the zone-read. He missed read pass routes.
That's the one of the things I keep asking myself with Denker.
1) Can he see it?
2) If he sees it, can he make the throw.
One things for sure. He is going to have to begin the recognize his hot and short routes more quickly. It's one thing not to be able to make the down field throws but Denker can not afford to miss read routes available under ten yards off the line of scrimmage.
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