The coach-quarterback relationship is an ever-evolving deal, but one of the most important relationships on the team. Confidence, trust, synergy — it’s all pretty evident when it’s there and can be costly when it’s not. Arizona coach Jedd Fisch and quarterback Jayden de Laura are growing it. The Arizona quarterback has had good moments and times where he’s struggled in his first season in Tucson, but we’ve seen him take coaching well.

Against Mississippi State, there was a ton made about his decision-making when the opportunity to scramble presented itself. A week later, we saw de Laura take off when necessary. Fisch’s message to his quarterback after a 49-31 loss to Cal?

“We can’t score 18 points in one throw,” Fisch said on Thursday.

Against the Golden Bears, de Laura threw for 401 yards, two scores, and two interceptions while completing 27 of his 45 pass attempts.

The Cats put up 31 points, and they didn’t turn the ball over in the first half. The problems were born out of the defense’s inability to slow Cal’s offense, which put up 49 points thanks to nine explosive run plays. With Arizona falling behind and the offense getting a bit more desperate to play catch-up, you saw forces and misses from de Laura.

He was picked off twice and stripped on a sack all in the second half, compounding issues.

In many ways, de Laura is still a young quarterback growing and maturing. And taking what’s available is the talking point from many quarterbacks as they get deeper and deeper into their careers. We’ll see if de Laura can once again make those corrections when the Cats (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) host winless Colorado (0-4) on Saturday.