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CATCH UP ON THE COUNTDOWN BY VISITING: ARIZONA’S TOP 100 INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
Only 69 days separate us from the start of Rich Rodriguez’s fifth season, when the Arizona Wildcats football team plays Brigham Young on Sept. 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
As is customary on this Web site, we will count down the days with an interesting element associated with each day. This year the topic is the top 100 individual records in Arizona’s storied football past.
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B.J. Denker averaged a phenomenal 5.2 yards per carry as a quarterback as a senior in 2013.
Compiling the list was no easy task, but it was feasible to do with the information provided in the record books by the Arizona media relations department, and we appreciate that.
In past years, we have counted down the top games and highlighted players and some of the top plays in Arizona Wildcats football history. A couple of years ago in our top 100 countdown, we showcased the 1914 team that was responsible for Arizona becoming the “Wildcats”.
Back to this year’s countdown of the top 100 individual records in the 117 years of Arizona football:
Most Rushing Yards By Quarterback, Season: 949 yards, B.J. Denker, 2014 (181 attempts)
B.J. Denker holds the rushing record for a quarterback at Arizona by almost 400 yards over the next, Ronald Veal.
The most versatile quarterback to wear the Arizona uniform is not one who could beat teams with his arm alone. B.J. Denker, a one-year starter for the Wildcats in 2013, rushed for nearly 1,000 yards (949 to be exact) to earn the record for most yards rushing by a quarterback in a season for the Wildcats.
The previous record was held by Ronald Veal, who gained 566 yards on 161 carries as a freshman in 1987. Denker’s 13 rushing touchdowns in 2013 are also the most for an Arizona quarterback in the history of the program.
“I love his ability outside the pocket,” Veal told AllSportsTucson.com about Denker. “He keeps his head up field and delivers the ball accurately. He is a playmaker.”
TOP ARIZONA RUSHING QUARTERBACKS
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.