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Rich Rodriguez Wouldn't Talk To Arizona QB Anu Solomon For Two Weeks After Fiesta Bowl Loss

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez was very angry after the program's 38-30 Fiesta Bowl loss to Boise State, so much so that he wouldn't talk to his young star quarterback Anu Solomon for weeks after the fact. Solomon racked up 400 total yards through the air and on the ground, and scored two total touchdowns, but he also threw two critical interceptions, which led to Rodriguez's anger. The Daily Wildcat has more:

There will be plenty of turnover on the first-team practice squad, and it’s possible that Brandon Dawkins or Jerrard Randall could challenge Solomon at quarterback. But for now, the Honolulu native looks to hold a firm grasp on the starting spot. 

“He’s a little bit bigger and obviously, he’s got a little bit more confidence in him now, which is good,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a big spring for him, too, because he knows there’s a lot of things he can work on to get better.”

Rodriguez said he didn’t speak to the quarterback for two weeks because he was so mad after the Fiesta Bowl loss, in which Solomon went 28-49 and threw a pair of interceptions. 

Solomon was just as critical of himself.

“It hurt the next couple weeks,” Solomon said. “I say it to myself, ‘Anu, you looked sloppy at times.’ Watching those films, watching those sloppy mistakes I made, I was so disappointed in myself.” 

The coach and quarterback are now back on speaking terms. Rodriguez even commended him on benching a 325 max, a new quarterback record. Solomon also said that he ran a 4.6 second 40-yard time. 

 Overall, Solomon had a pretty fantastic season as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 3,793 yards and 28 touchdowns, and rushing for 552 and two scores. He should return as one of the Pac-12's best signal callers in 2015.

[The Daily Wildcat]