Doc 5: Best QB transfers that didn't play in 2013 -- No. 4 Jesse Scroggins

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It’s been a long time since Jesse Scroggins was in the spotlight.

In 2010, Scroggins was a four-star recruit out of Lakewood, Calif., and the No. 5 quarterback in the country. He signed with USC, redshirted in 2010 and was one of Matt Barkley’s backups in 2011. His future at USC was bleak, so he spent 2012 at El Camino College and had FBS schools fighting over him after his season.

He settled on Arizona.

With starter Matt Scott gone, Scroggins seemed like a natural fit to be the starter. But he suffered a foot injury and missed most of spring drills. He had a concussion in fall camp and, when he recovered, did little to challenge starter B.J. Denker, who played every snap in 2013.

Coming into this season -- Scroggins final season -- the only thing most Arizona fans have seen from the former highly touted quarterback is an interception on his first pass of the 2013 spring game.

But Scroggins has one final chance to live up to the hype that has followed him throughout his career.

With Denker gone, the Arizona quarterbacking race is wide open. Scroggins is competing against Anu Solomon, Connor Brewer, Jerrard Randall, but he wasn’t considered the favorite coming in simply because of his lackluster performance in the past year.

However, Scroggins has impressed during the early part of camp. He looks strong and has a better rapport with his receivers. He even seems like he’s adjusted to the speed of coach Rich Rodriguez’s offense, which Rodriguez has said, will only get faster.

Scroggins is out of chances. He has the talent and the credentials to help Arizona to the top of the Pac-12. If he wants any shot at regaining his old form and possible football future beyond college then he has to win the starting job with the Wildcats.

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