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Arizona lands former USC QB Jesse Scroggins

Jesse Scroggins has transferred to Arizona, giving Rich Rodriguez his replacement for Matt Scott.

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Rich Rodriguez's quarterback conundrum for 2013 may be solved by Jesse Scroggins, the former USC quarterback who is transferring to Arizona. Scroggins was one of the best quarterback recruits in the country in 2010, but after two years on the bench with the Trojans he decided to transfer and will now enter Arizona as a redshirt junior.

Scroggins spent the last year at a junior college, making him eligible to transfer wherever he wanted, including to a fellow Pac-12 school like Arizona regardless of whether USC liked it. Scroggins was beset by injuries and academic issues at USC, but if he can sort that out in Tucson then he has a chance to live up to his considerable high school hype.

Arizona is losing Matt Scott after this season and does not have a ready-made replacement to run Rodriguez's spread option. Scroggins will be the favorite to win the starting job, but even he isn't a great fit. Scroggins isn't fast. and while immobile would be harsh, he is certainly a pocket passer. His biggest challenger for the starting job might be Anu Solomon, a highly touted dual-threat quarteraback from Las Vegas, but Scroggins should have an edge on the freshman.