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Senior quarterback B.J. Denker
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Q&A with B.J. Denker
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 10, 2013
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 1. How have you adjusted to your role as starting quarterback?

“I think pretty well. I had an idea that this was going to be given to me, or earned throughout spring ball so that was my mindset – preparing to be a leader, preparing to be the starting quarterback, just getting mentally right.”

2. What are your pregame rituals?

“I’m not a very superstitious guy at all. I don’t really do anything crazy. The thing I do is after I get fully dressed and before I go out on the field to warm up, I put on my eye black. I’ll go in the bathroom and look in the mirror and put my eye black on and that is kind of like my final touch of putting on my uniform before going out to play.”

3. What is your favorite memory of this season so far?

That’s a good question… Probably, my very first start at the start of the season against NAU. It was awesome. I had not played in over a year. It was the first game of the season. It was just going out there and playing football, earning the starting spot and playing for ZonaZoo and all the fans.

4. How is it to be coached by Rich Rodriguez?

“It’s fun. He’s a very intense coach but I wouldn’t have it any other way. He loves to win. He’s very competitive. He has taught me so much. I’ve grown as a quarterback and have gotten a lot better because of Coach Rodriguez.”

5. What did you improve on most in the offseason?

“I think getting bigger and stronger in the weight room. That was the big thing – doing work in the weight room and lifting so I could transfer that onto the field. Also, getting into the film room and preparing my mind and studying on defenses, our offense and getting the mental aspect of it, too.”

6. As a senior, how has your role changed on the team?

“Everyone looks up to the seniors because it’s our last go. We’re considered captains and the role models of the team. Also, at quarterback, you’re already put in a position of leadership with people looking up to you. I don’t know if it has changed too much because playing at quarterback, you always have to be someone that a player can go talk to, look up to or respect. A little bit has changed because now I realize that it’s my last year here and I have got to go out with a bang.”

7. What is your favorite part about playing at Arizona?

“I love the game of football so much. I’m so lucky to be able to play it here with my teammates. We have a great family here, coaching staff and teammates. Our new facility, the stadium, playing in front of our fans and scoring touchdowns are most fun thing.”

8. What are you most looking forward to with this being your senior year?

“Going to a bowl game, competing in the Pac-12 South and getting the opportunity to maybe go to the Rose Bowl. I’m trying to live in the moment, soak it up and have as much fun while I’m doing it.”

9. What did it mean to you to be recognized by the Pac-12 as Offensive Player of the Week?

“I don’t really think about that too much. Football is too much of a team game. Obviously, it would be very nice to be recognized for my accomplishments or play on the field, but I much rather go to a bowl game or Rose Bowl. If I had to choose do I get recognized or going to the Rose Bowl, I’d definitely pick the Rose Bowl.”

10. What does Bear Down mean to you?

“Bear Down is a lifestyle. When the going gets tough or when you think you can’t do something or someone tells you that you can’t do something, then you Bear Down, fight through it and prove them wrong.”

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