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B.J. Denker continues QB record-breaking pace for Arizona Wildcats

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B.J. Denker is three yards shy of gaining the most rushing yards for a quarterback in Arizona's Pac-10/12 existence

B.J. Denker is three yards shy of gaining the most rushing yards for a quarterback in Arizona’s Pac-10/12 existence

His Arizona Wildcats teammate Ka’Deem Carey is in hot pursuit of a couple of significant Arizona career rushing marks and quarterback predecessor Nick Foles had an NFL record-setting day for Philadelphia yesterday.

Who would have thought Arizona Wildcats senior B.J. Denker — yes, that B.J. Denker, who had only 445 passing yards through the first four games — is a record-breaking player himself?

Denker is only three rushing yards shy of Ron Veal’s Arizona Wildcats quarterback record of 566 in a season. Veal will be in attendance Saturday for Homecoming against UCLA to witness Denker try to surpass the mark.

He had three touchdown runs and finished with 44 rushing yards in the 33-28 win over Cal on Saturday. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.

Denker’s 11 rushing touchdowns this season are the most for a UA quarterback in the history of the program. He also has only three interceptions in his first 234 attempts, one of the best ratios in the program’s history. Here are some graphics of Denker’s place in UA history:


Source: and

Yards Player Att. Avg. Year
566 Ron Veal 161 3.5 1987
563 B.J. Denker 105 5.4 2013
546 Keith Smith 136 4.0 1996
506 Matt Scott 113 4.5 2012
338 Jim Krohn 141 2.4 1978


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*At least four games remaining

Year Player Att. Int Pct.
2013 *B.J. Denker 234 3 1.28
1975 Bruce Hill 215 3 1.39
2008 Willie Tuitama 499 8 1.60
2007 Willie Tuitama 524 11 2.09
1997 Ortege Jenkins 235 5 2.13


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Yards Player Plays Game Year
517 Willie Tuitama 57 @Wash 2007
502 Keith Smith 55 @Cal 1996
485 Matt Scott 74 @Stan 2012
469 Matt Scott 65 USC 2012
461 Matt Scott 60 Toledo 2012
457 B.J. Denker 53 @Colo 2013

[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report, Lindy’s College Sports and

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