UPDATE (1:35 p.m. MST): Rich Rodriguez has announced Anu Solomon will indeed be the starting quarterback against UNLV.
RichRod said he told the QBs last night that Anu was starting Friday— AZ Desert Swarm (@azdesertswarm) August 25, 2014
Check back for more on the quarterback situation.
The Arizona Wildcats released their depth chart for the 2014 opener against UNLV,
and it comes as no surprise that coach Rich Rodriguez isn't tipping his hand at who will start behind center. The depth chart lists Anu Solomon, Jesse Scroggins, Jerrard Randall and Connor Brewer as potential starters.
Yep. It'd be pretty great if RichRod really does end up announcing the starting quarterback five minutes before kickoff and via Twitter.
There are, however, a few clarifying notes elsewhere. At running back, Ka'Deem Carey's successor will be Terris Jones-Grigsby, the former walk-on and half brother of former UA running back Nic Grigsby. Behind him are UNLV transfer Adonis Smith and freshman Nick Wilson, both of whom should see plenty of snaps as the No. 2 and 3 players on the depth chart.
The deep wide-receiving group has a few newcomers who have jumped into the fold. Texas transfer Caleb Jones will start ahead of sophomore Trey Griffey, and Notre Dame transfer DaVonte' Neal, who also won the punt return job, appears to be in competition for snaps with Nate Phillips. Austin Hill is curiously listed as competing for snaps with Dave Richards.
Defensively, the strongside linebacker spot is a three-way, tongue-twisting tie between Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea, Derrick Turituri and Cody Ippolito. The cornerback and line look as expected, though William Parks' being listed at spur safety means Tra'Mayne Bondurant's status remains unchanged for the time being.
Before you peek at the entire depth chart, take a bit of advice from Daily Star beat writer Daniel Berk.
UA depth chart is online. Driving now. Will have more later. One tip: don't believe everything you read on there.— Daniel Berk (@DSBerk) August 25, 2014
Below, note OR recognizes competitions, whereas commas separate first, second and third strings.
QB: Anu Solomon OR Jesse Scroggins OR Jerrard Randall OR Connor Brewer
RB: Terris Jones-Grigsby, Adonis Smith OR Nick Wilson
WR: Cayleb Jones, Trey Griffey
WR: Austin Hill OR David Richards
SLOT: DaVonte' Neal OR Nate Phillips
SLOT: Samajie Grant, Jonathan Haden OR Tyrell Johnson
C: Steven Gurrola, Carter Wood
LT: Mickey Baucas, Layth Friekh
LG: Cayman Bundage, Zach Hemmila
RT: Fabbians Ebele, Lene Maiava
RG: Jacob Alsadek, T.D. Gross
DE: Reggie Gilbert, Jordan Allen
NOSE: Jeff Worthy, Parker Zellers
TACKLE: Dan Pettinato, Calvin Allen, Aiulua Fanene
SLB: Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea OR Derrick Turituri OR Cody Ippolito
MLB: Scooby Wright, Hank Hobson
WLB: DeAndre' Miller OR Jake Matthews
SPUR: William Parks, Tellas Jones
BANDIT: Jared Tevis, Blake Brady
LC: Jonathan McKnight, Cam Denson
RC: Jarvis McCall Jr., Devin Holiday
FS: Jourdon Grandon, Jamar Allah
PUNT RETURNER: DaVonte' Neal
KICKOFF RETURN: Jared Baker and Samajie Grant
KICKER: Casey Skowron
PUNTER: Drew Riggleman
KICKOFF: Casey Skowron OR Ethan Keyserling