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Arizona Wildcats spring practice: Denson growing into CB role

Cam Denson

Cam Denson

The original plan was for Cam Denson to play receiver for Arizona.

The second plan was for Denson to play at cornerback for his freshman season with the Wildcats.

The third plan is for Denson to stay at corner.

As you can tell, plans change, but Denson — who was the main attraction in coach Rich Rodriguez’s 2014 signing class — is set to play a huge role on defense this season as a starter, even if going from touchdown-maker to touchdown-preventer still requires a bit of a mindset adjustment.

“You just have to embrace it,” Denson said after practice Wednesday. “I played receiver in high school, that was my main position, but now I’m a corner. That’s what I do.”

That Denson played defense last season spoke to Arizona’s depth and versatility on offense, as well as its crying need at corner. He played in 12 games, mostly as the team’s third cornerback, and made two interceptions as a wide-eyed, skinny freshman.

“I just wasn’t familiar with the defense, and I wasn’t physical enough,” Denson said.

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