Denker heads down the coaching road

Denker heads down the coaching road
(Cover photo courtesy: Twitter/BJ Denker)
(Cover photo courtesy: Twitter/BJ Denker)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Former Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker has found a new home.

The 2013 Wildcats starting signal-caller is headed to Texas A&M to be an offensive graduate assistant coach under Kevin Sumlin.

Denker took to Facebook to make the announcement this past Friday.

"Thank you to Coach Rodriguez and the whole Arizona coaching staff for bringing me to Tucson and for believing in me as a player and now as a coach," he posted.

The Cerritos College transfer came to UA in 2012 where he played in six games and was the backup quarterback to Matt Scott.

Fast forward to 2013, Denker won the starting job in Fall Camp and played in 13 games, passing for 2,775 yards while scoring 29 touchdowns. The dual-threat quarterback threw for 16 scores while running for 13 more.

He led the Wildcats to an 8-5 record including a win over Boston College in the Advocare Bowl.

Denker attempted to extend his playing career at the next level, moving to Switzerland where he played for the Basel Gladiators in the Nationalliga A.  He scored 7 touchdowns in his first game and 5 in his second.

After a year of professional football Denker hung up his cleats to try a new role, coaching.

This past season Denker worked as a student assistant for the Wildcats helping co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee call plays and assisting with the quarterbacks.

Denker knew as a player that his career path would take him into coaching.

His jump to the SEC is a clear indication that the speedy QB is clearly on the fast track.

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(Courtesy: Special Contributor Michelle Floyd)