Monday August 25th, 2014

Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon will start Friday against UNLV, Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez announced at his daily press conference Monday.

As Zach Rosenblatt of The Arizona Daily Star tweeted, though, Rodriguez said the decision to start the redshirt freshman on Friday does not mean he will play the whole game nor does it mean he will start the rest of the season.

The decision to start Solomon was based on his performance at the moment, as compared to USC transfer Jesse Scroggins, LSU transfer Jerrard Randall and Texas transfer Connor Brewer, Rodriguez said in the report. The news was conveyed to the four QBs at a meeting on Sunday night. 

ELLIS: Preseason Heisman Watch: The issues that will shape the 2014 race

Solomon's high school career included an overall record of 57-3 and four state titles with him as the starter. For a career, he passed for 10,112 yards and 137 touchdowns with only 17 interceptions. 

After UNLV, the Wildcats play on Sept. 4 on the road at Texas-San Antonio. 

- Marc Weinreich 

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.