The season didn’t exactly start of as expected for Arizona, as they struggled to put away UTSA despite being heavily favored.
Here’s a look at sophomore quarterback Anu Solomon’s passing chart by distance and direction, followed by a quick review of his opening night.
Struggling down the field
With a receiving corps as talented as Arizona’s, it’s shocking to see such a weak performance on downfield passing against an opponent like UTSA.
Solomon was just six of 18 on throws 10+ yards down the field on Thursday night.
Cayleb Jones needs to step up
Solomon should be able to rely on the talented Jones, but he struggled against the UTSA secondary.
Jones hauled in just three passes for 49 yards, and failed to come down with all three of his contested targets.
The 6’3″ Jones needs to be a playmaker on the contested throws for this offense to reach its peak.
Who is Johnny Jackson?
Solomon’s go-to target was receiver-turned-defensive-back-turned-receiver-again Johnny Jackson.
Jackson had eight receptions on 12 targets, and was Johnson’s primary weapon on the shorter throws. 10 of Jackson’s 12 targets game within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage and 59 of 101 total yards came after the catch.