TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez doesn't plan on making any changes at the quarterback position.
Rodriguez said senior starter B.J. Denker responded well to Sunday's short practice, but what was key was the long meeting the team held to get some things resolved between the quarterbacks, receivers and coaches.
"He's always responded very well to not to the criticisms or the corrections we need to make, but also to his own expectations," Rodriguez said on the weekly Pac-12 Conference's teleconference call. "He responded in August when we were on him, and I expect the same thing out of him. He's a competitive guy. He'll bounce back. And not just him, the other guys, too."
Denker is coming off a poor performance in Saturday's 31-13 loss at Washington -- Arizona's first test of the season against upper-level competition. He completed just 14 of 35 passes for 119 yards, with two interceptions.
There needs to be a big learning curve before Arizona (3-1) faces Southern California (3-2) next Thursday in Los Angeles. Arizona ranks 117th in passing with just 111.3 yards per game. Most of Denker's completions have been quick and short passes, and with no vertical passing threat, opposing defenses have loaded up against Ka'Deem Carey, the nation's leading rusher last year.
Denker ranks last by a wide margin among Pac-12 quarterbacks in passing efficiency with a rating of 94.4. (No other starter has a rating below 128.5.) But he has made some plays with his feet, rushing for 70 yards per game and six touchdowns.
Denker was replaced by redshirt freshman Javelle Allen late in the fourth quarter on Saturday night. Rodriguez said Allen has closed the gap in recent weeks, but Denker gives Arizona the best chance to win.
"I'm anxious to see not only B.J. but the guys who made mistakes, knowing that we can be better in getting things corrected," Rodriguez said.