Wildcats to start quarterback Will Plummer over Gunner Cruz vs. NAU

Sep 13, 2021, 12:43 PM | Updated: 12:44 pm

Two games into the season, the Arizona Wildcats are making a quarterback switch.

Head coach Jedd Fisch told reporters on Monday that Will Plummer will replace Gunner Cruz as the starting quarterback Saturday against Northern Arizona.

“I’m going to start Will and see how that goes, give (third-stringer) Jordan (McCloud) some opportunities as well during the week of practice,” Fisch said. “Plan on playing Will at this point.”

The move follows the Wildcats’ blowout loss to San Diego State at home on Saturday that extended the program’s losing streak to 14 games.

The Wildcats entered the season against BYU with Fisch saying both quarterbacks would play, but Cruz threw all but three of the team’s 48 pass attempts in that loss. Cruz finished 34-of-45 for 336 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the opener.

Cruz again started Saturday in a 38-14 loss to SDSU, but he was pulled after completing 10 of 19 passes for 70 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Plummer replaced him after Arizona lost two starting offensive linemen and the game was out of hand.

Plummer went 8-of-17 for 109 yards and a touchdown.

“Thought he did a very nice job when he got in there, thought he’s handled himself extremely well throughout the entire process here,” Fisch said Monday. “He went in there, he was tough … made a couple nice wide-field throws to BJ (Casteel), threw a nice ball to Tayvian (Cunningham), both in the end zone and down the field.”

After the game Saturday, Fisch did not have a quarterback plan moving forward but said Cruz was not necessarily benched due to performance reasons. The head coach said that he was protecting Cruz and looking for a kick-start.

“I’ll look at the tape and figure it out,” the coach said Saturday. “Right now, I am completely unsure of what we’re going to do with the quarterback position. One of two of them will start, I know that.

“Different dynamic with Will. He came in and he came in slinging, and I appreciated that.”

Extra point

Fisch said left guard Donovan Laie and left tackle Jordan Morgan will both play against NAU.

Arizona Football

(Twitter Photo/@Joey_Artigue)...
Jake Anderson

New Arizona State ‘nothing personal’ billboard pops up outside of Tucson

If you've driven northbound on Interstate 10 just outside of Tucson in the last two years, the signage may look familiar to you.
6 days ago
Kelee Ringo #5 of the Georgia Bulldogs intercepts the ball in the fourth quarter of the College Foo...
Associated Press

Former Saguaro DB Kelee Ringo’s pick-6 seals CFP title game for Georgia

Former Scottsdale Saguaro DB Kelee Ringo sealed the College Football Playoff National Championship for Georgia with a late pick-six.
14 days ago
The College Football Playoff logo is seen before the 2017 College Football Playoff National Champio...
Associated Press

CFP expansion talks stall; Pac-12 supports all proposed playoff models

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff released a statement on Monday that his conference was ready to back any of the expanded playoff models.
15 days ago
Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) throws against Central Michigan during the first h...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Wildcats football lands WSU QB transfer Jayden de Laura

The Arizona Wildcats got a big-time commitment on Monday, landing Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura via the transfer portal.
14 days ago
(Twitter photo/Rayshon “Speedy” Luke)...
Arizona Sports

Arizona adds 4-star running back Rayshon Luke to 2022 class

Running back recruit Rayshon Luke announced his commitment to Arizona at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
17 days ago
Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin is shown during the second half of an NCAA college football game ag...
Wills Rice

Former Wildcat Kevin Sumlin named coach of USFL’s Houston Gamblers

Former Arizona Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin has been named head coach of the new United States Football League's Houston Gamblers.
17 days ago
Wildcats to start quarterback Will Plummer over Gunner Cruz vs. NAU