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Sonoran Hot Reads: Anu Solomon ranked 27th-best QB in the country

Yet people still wonder if he’s starting on Saturday

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The Arizona Wildcats are about to enter the 2016 season with a third-year starter at quarterback. Even though Rich Rodriguez has built up the QB competition between Anu Solomon and Brandon Dawkins this fall, it would be shocking if Anu did not get the start on Saturday. One reason being he’s earned the right to be named the 27th-best QB in the country by Athlon Sports. When you finally scroll all the way down to him, this is their reasoning:

Injuries took a toll on Solomon last season, and the Las Vegas native was unable to build off a promising freshman campaign. In 14 games in 2014, Solomon threw for 3,793 yards and 28 scores and added 291 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Additionally, Solomon’s performance as a freshman was instrumental in guiding Arizona to an appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game. He was limited to just 11 games last season and ended the year with 2,667 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. Solomon seems poised for a rebound year, but he will be pushed for time by sophomore Brandon Dawkins.

- Anu’s main target on Saturday? Trey Griffey seems like a pretty good option

- One really intriguing thing to watch this weekend will be how Jarvis McCall looks playing free safety

- Coaching adjustments are going to be more important in this game than most other games

- Be sure you add us on all our various platforms before we take Glendale by storm this weekend. Me, Ryan and Gabe will have you covered from every angle. Also, all our stories will be in here, so bookmark that page

- Check out some highlights of a couple of Arizona commits: Tony Fields and Warren Jackson

- One nice story we found out about on Thursday was 2016 signee Jessie Britt was medically cleared to resume his football career

- Scooby Wright appears to be on the bubble of making the Browns. Plays like this in the final preseason game can only help his case

- The college football season got underway for real on Thursday night. Here’s the full schedule for the weekend, and be sure you check out Bryant’s unique guide to the weekend

- In the first night of action, Utah won despite a poor offensive showing, and Oregon State lost thanks to a late, bone-headed penalty

- Parker Zellers gave his thoughts on why the Arizona defensive line might catch some people off-guard this year

- This week’s injury report has no big names on it

- Arizona named Zach Hemmila as one of the team’s four captains for Saturday. The Hemmila family will also be honored on the field at 7:18 PM Saturday night

- Taysom Hill didn’t envision his BYU career going the way it has, but says he’s ready to go for this season

- BYU will be without experienced offensive lineman Brad Wilcox all season

- Ty Detmer is feeling anxious before his coaching debut

- Phil Steele has two reasons why the Cougars will take down the Wildcats


- Check out why Lauri Markkanen is Arizona’s secret weapon


- Mark Melancon should land a pretty lucrative deal this offseason

Other sports

- Cross country begins their 2016 season on Saturday in Flagstaff

- Women’s soccer will be playing Denver and Columbia in Tempe this weekend

- Former gymnast Molly Quirk discusses her favorite memories of being at Arizona

Tucson news

- A woman got a rare picture of a bighorn sheep in Picture Rocks

- Equine Voices is a charity that has bounced back after being burglarized back in March

- The UA-led OSIRIS-REx project, which is supposed to launch next week and land on an asteroid, was unharmed by the SpaceX explosion in Cape Canaveral on Wednesday

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