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Report: Arizona QB Anu Solomon to transfer to Baylor, eligible in 2017

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Oh, if you thought Matt Rhule was doing a good enough job of keeping his inherited roster together since making the move from Temple to Baylor, it gets better. He may be getting set to welcome a pretty significant graduate transfer quarterback; Anu Solomon from Arizona.

According to a report from 247 Sports, Solomon is expected to transfer to Baylor for the 2017 season. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately this fall, and would likely be given a good chance to compete for the starting job in Waco.

It was previously suspected UNLV could be a potential landing spot for Solomon, who has seen his college career riddled with injury concerns during his otherwise entertaining run at Arizona, but that appears to have passed. What impact the hiring of Rhule had at Baylor is unknown and based entirely on speculation at this stage, but if Solomon can stay healthy then he should fit in well with Baylor’s offensive identity even under Rhule.

Solomon played in just five games in 2016 for Arizona due to an injury suffered in practice early in the season. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Solomon passed for 3,793 yards and 28 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He followed that up with 2,655-yards and 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions in three fewer games the following season.

Solomon announced his intention to transfer to another program in 2017 last month.

Arizona kicks off bowl season with wild New Mexico Bowl victory

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The first game of this year’s college football bowl season was not one short for fun. Arizona (7-6) came away with an exhilarating, back-and-forth New Mexico Bowl victory over New Mexico (7-6) of the Mountain West Conference, winning 45-37 on Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.

Arizona took a 28-17 into halftime and wasted little time extending its lead in the third quarter. Jared Baker broke loose for a 32-yard touchdown run right up the middle fo the New Mexico defense on Arizona’s second-half opening drive. New Mexico could not be buried though, as the Lobos and Wildcats exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter, with each scoring twice. Arizona capitalized on a New Mexico turnover a Lamar Johnson interception that put the Wildcats on the four-yard line. One play later, Baker crossed the goal line for a short touchdown and a 42-24 lead.

New Mexico rallied to make things interesting, getting a three-yard Lamar Jordan scoring jaunt to pull within 42-31 late in the third quarter and a four-yard Austin Apodaca dash to climb with 42-37 with 13:52 to play.

Arizona welcomed back linebacker Scooby Wright III, who finally got on the field after a season riddled with injury issues, and he turned in an admirable performance, hitting double digits in total tackles in the first half alone, then making two clinching plays to thwart New Mexico’s rally. Facing a 4th-and-13 with 6:42 remaining, Wright sacked Apodaca to end the threat. After a Casey Skowron field goal with 1:32 to play, it was Wright who pressured Apodaca into his game-ending interception.

Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon looked like the player that led the ‘Cats to the Pac-12 South title a year ago, throwing for 329 yards and two touchdowns while adding another on the ground. Arizona wide receiver Cayleb Jones turned in a big game as well, with 182 receiving yards and a score.

With the win, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez picked up his third bowl victory since being named the head coach at Arizona. Arizona has won three of the last four bowl games they have played in, which included the New Mexico Bowl in 2012 as well. Arizona lost last year’s Fiesta Bowl against Boise State. New Mexico head coach Bob Davie is still on the prowl for his first career bowl victory. Davie was 0-3 in postseason bowl games at Notre Dame.

In 2016, Arizona will kick off the new season in Glendale, Arizona against BYU on September 3. New Mexico will also open the new season that same day, but they will do so at home against FCS power Sam Houston State.

New Mexico Bowl: Scooby Wright and Cayleb Jones dominant in first half for Arizona

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Welcome back, Scooby Wright III. Arizona’s top linebacker may have missed the majority of this season, but he is putting ona  show in the New Mexico Bowl with a game-high 10 tackles in the first half as Arizona leads New Mexico 28-17. This first bowl game of the year has had a little bit of everything in the first half, including twice setting a record for the longest pass in New Mexico Bowl history.

Arizona took a lead on New Mexico on a crazy four-play sequence that saw Arizona have a fake punt stuffed by the Lobos, the Arizona defense pick off a deep pass to the endzone on the very next play, and finish with a 78-yard pass from Anu Solomon to Cayleb Jones for a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. The play was the longest pass play in New Mexico Bowl history, but that record would not last long. New Mexico quarterback Lamar Jordan completed a 92-yard strike to Delane Hart-Johnson late in the first half to break the record for a second time in the first half.

In addition to Arizona getting a fine showing from Wright, wide receiver Jones has been unstoppable. Jones has already gone off for 182 yards and a touchdown on just four receptions for Arizona.

This should be a wild second half.

Scooby Wright III and Anu Solomon expected to be available for New Mexico Bowl

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The 2015 college football season will be one for the ages when it comes to star players and injuries. Few teams realized that as drmaaticly as Arizona, who lost both star linebacker Scooby Wright III and starting quarterback Anu Solomon for chunks of the season due to various injury concerns. Fortunately, it looks as though both will be ready to play in Arizona’s final game of the season in the New Mexico Bowl.

Wright, the 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Trophy winner, has played in just two games this season. He left the first game of the season with a knee injury early on against UTSA in the season opener. He missed the next two games and returned briefly against UCLA in late September before having to leave once again due to the injury.

Solomon appeared in 10 games this season, although he missed the regular-season finale against Arizona State. Solomon also sat out an early October game against Stanford due to concussion symptoms. A year after passing for 3,793 yards and 28 touchdowns, Solomon’s 2015 season struggled to keep pace and keep him on the field at times.

Arizona plays New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl this Saturday.

Arizona QB Anu Solomon will not play vs. Arizona State

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TCU will not be the only team without its starting quarterback available today.

Arizona will be without starting quarterback Anu Solomon today vs. rival Arizona State. Solomon will not play today due to concussion concerns that have lingered at times throughout this season. Jerrard Randall will start at quarterback for Arizona, according to Brett McMuprhy of ESPN.com, via Twitter.

Solomon was said to be questionable earlier in the week, just as he was earlier in the season. Solomon took a shot from Utah’s Jason Fanaika last week in a win against the Utes. Randall took over for the injured Solomon and led Arizona to a double overtime victory. Randall will be looking to keep things moving smoothly on offense this week. Arizona State has the Pac-12’s 11th-ranked pass defense, allowing 297.8 yards per game and 23 touchdowns through the air this season.

According to the Arizona Daily Star, Arizona will also be without linebackers Scooby Wright, Jake Matthews and Derrick Turituri and guard Freddie Tagaloa.