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2015 NFL DRAFT

Nick Foles, QB

School: Arizona  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Austin, TX
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 243 lbs.
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 3/88 - Nick Foles, QB, 6-5, 244, Arizona...With Michael Vick turning 32 in June and in the final guaranteed year of his contract, the Eagles wanted to come out of this draft with a quarterback. They liked both Foles and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson. When Wilson went before their pick, it made the decision easy. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - QB Nick Foles, Arizona -- A big, strong-armed passer (6-5, 243) with poise, Foles should be a better fit in the Eagles' West Coast offense and has a year or two before he'll be asked to contribute.

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: Nick Foles, Arizona, 6-5, 243...Considering he broke the passing records of Drew Brees at Westlake High in Austin, Texas, Foles really wasn't that hotly pursued by college recruiters who obviously didn't think he was in the same league as Brees. Still, Foles managed to make his selection of colleges an adventure. He first committed to Arizona State, then de-committed. He then opted for Michigan State. After a year there he realized he was stuck behind Kirk Cousins (No. 5 on this list), among others. So he jumped ship for Arizona, where he had to sit out for a year before beginning his college career in earnest. The vagabond sophomore didn't begin the 2009 season as a starter, but after getting a chance in the third game he kept the job. Foles looked good from the start, standing tall and confident in the pocket, albeit often after taking a shotgun snap. Despite not being an elite athlete and never having much of a surrounding cast, Foles managed to improve over the past three years. During that time he set school passing records in completions (933) and attempts (1,396) while totaling 10,011 yards, 67 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. He did all that using basically great vision and a good arm in a simple offense. So scouts are curious how well his talent will convert in the more complicated NFL. One thing Foles won't need to figure out this time is what team he will go to. That will be decided for him in the draft, perhaps not until the fifth round. This will finally put him in the same league with Brees, but still behind Cousins. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/20/2012 - Despite the Arizona football team's struggles last season, Nick Foles was still considered a top quarterback prospect for the NFL Draft. Numerous websites pegged him as the fourth-best signal caller behind Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill. Trent Dilfer, an ESPN analyst and former Super Bowl-winning quarterback, went on a Twitter-posting spree raving about Foles back in December. Dilfer went as far as calling him a better pro prospect than former No. 1-overall pick Sam Bradford, and said if Foles played in the SEC, he would have been a Heisman finalist. Three months have passed since then, and on the surface a lot has already changed in regards to his NFL prospects. On Monday, Foles worked out at Arizona's NFL Pro Day in front of numerous NFL scouts, a situation he struggled a bit with a few weeks ago. As for his much-maligned workout numbers, Foles improved pretty much across the board on Monday, as he said he ran in the 4.95 range and improved his vertical to 33.5 inches. Frank Scelfo, Foles' former position coach at the UA, conducted the workouts for Foles and the receivers and said the 40-yard dash is irrelevant in his opinion. "Whatever, I don't care," Scelfo said, laughing. "He ain't gonna get paid running the 40, you know. It's as simple as that." - Arizona Daily Wildcat

03/20/2012 - Arizona Pro Day: If Foles needed an eye-popping workout, he didn't deliver it Monday, according to two separate sources on the scene. "He was average," one talent evaluator said. "Don't get me wrong, he wasn't bad and the weather didn't help but he didn't drive the ball like you'd expect a quarterback of his size to and he has only average accuracy once you get past 15 yards, so I can't imagine that anyone is raising his grade based on what they saw Monday."Another source wasn't quite as careful with his wording. "[Foles] was terrible. He couldn't throw a spiral. Obviously, the weather conditions played a part in that but in reality, it only accentuated that he couldn't throw a spiral." The truth of the matter is that regardless of how Foles threw Monday, he has good enough tape and showed enough at the Senior Bowl and workouts since to earn a draftable grade. He showed some improvement athletically between the Combine and the Pro Day, registering slightly faster on campus in the 40-yard dash (5.02-5.09) and jumping higher (33.5") than before (5.15; 30.5") and has the frame every team is looking for (6-5, 244). Those facts should result in his getting drafted, though it may not come until Saturday (rounds 4-7). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/19/2012 - There's a lot riding on Foles' performance in Monday's pro day on campus. But the workout probably counts for one-fourth of his total body of work. Foles' draft process began in January's Senior Bowl. Playing for the South team, he completed a team-high 11 of 15 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown; his scoring pass went to Arizona teammate Juron Criner, who caught six passes for 77 yards. Foles' performance earned him a spot in a made-for-television football skills challenge that aired on Super Bowl weekend, and he traveled to Florida for an interview with ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. The reviews were less-favorable at the combine, his second big test. While Foles flashed the strong arm and accuracy that made him Arizona's single-season and career passing leader, his footwork - and foot speed - were concerning. His 40-yard dash time of 5.14 seconds was the slowest among all quarterbacks invited to the combine; Stanford's Andrew Luck, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in this spring's draft, was a half-second faster. Baylor's Robert Griffin III was the fastest quarterback at 4.41 seconds. Foles said he wasn't concerned by his 40 time, though he plans to run it again Monday. "You'd have to ask the scouts what they look at. But some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL aren't guys who had great 40 times," he said. "I don't think it's a make-or-break on your athletic ability. Can you move away from pressure? Can you be accurate? You don't really see that with the 40-yard dash. That said, I want to go out there and show that I've improved on that as well. That's what this is all about, showing that you've improved." - Ryan Finley, The Arizona Daily Star

02/29/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE FALLERS: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona: With the top-rated quarterbacks either unwilling or unable to throw at the Combine, scouts had hoped that the 6-5, 243-pound Foles would take advantage of the extra attention to put on a dazzling throwing performance. Instead, Foles' methodical delivery, slow feet and inaccuracy on deep passes could push him into Day Three (rounds 4-7) territory. - Rob Rang/NFLDraftScout & Derek Harper/The Sports Xchange

02/25/2012 - Quotable: "Honestly, I just said, guys get open. We didn't have any routes. At that time, I just said go get open and I'll find you, and then I'd force it. I only had four seconds to throw the ball. My guys would just run around and I'd gun it in there. We ended up doing pretty well. But then you'd play a team that was really organized and they'd rip you." - Arizona quarterback Nick Foles on playing 7-on-7 football in high school in Texas - NFLDraftScout.com

11/26/2011 - Nick Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in his final game for Arizona, and the Wildcats held off Louisiana-Lafayette 45-37 on Saturday. Foles, whose status for the game had been uncertain because of bruised ribs, tied the school record for career (64) and single-season (31) touchdown passes. He already held virtually all other passing records at the school. Foles also topped 4,000 yards passing for the season and 10,000 for his career. Juron Criner caught nine passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats (4-8), breaking the school career record for TD receptions at 32. Blaine Gautier threw for 315 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score for the Ragin' Cajuns (8-4), who cut the Arizona lead to eight points three times in the fourth quarter. Javon Lawson caught five passes for 137 yards for the Cajuns. Gautier tied Jake Delhomme's school record of touchdown passes in a season at 20. - AP Sports

10/21/2011 - Tim Kish has had a simple message for his players since taking over for Mike Stoops: Have fun. The Wildcats did just that with an emotional win, giving their interim coach a victory in his first game while sending UCLA's coach possibly closer to losing his job. Dusting off an aggressive defensive scheme and relying on a recharged running game to complement Nick Foles' passing, Arizona ran over the Bruins 48-12 Thursday night in Kish's debut. "I had one wish for them when we left the team hotel this morning: I just wanted them to enjoy playing the game again," Kish said. "I think that wish came true." Foles threw for 291 yards and connected with Juron Criner for three touchdown passes. That wasn't much of a surprise considering the way Arizona (2-5, 1-4 Pac-12) has piled up yards through the air. The running game, dormant all season, came to life behind huge holes created by the much-maligned offensive line, churning out 254 of Arizona's season-high 573 yards and three touchdowns - two by Taimi Tutogi. - AP Sports

10/20/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: UCLA at Arizona, Oct. 20 This isn't one of ESPN's marquee Thursday night matchups, but the Arizona coaching change gives the announcers something to talk about. The producer likely is weeping because the cameras loved to capture Mike Stoops shouting or arguing or shaking on the sideline. Interim coach Tim Kish said he hopes to bring an "air of calmness" to the sideline. KEYS TO THE GAME: Start fast. Arizona's slow starts on offense, defense and special teams have been devastating. The Wildcats have not led at all in any of their past five games. They have trailed by double-digits in the first half (usually the first quarter) of each of those five games. The deficits just fed into the negative energy around the team. Arizona has been outscored 41-3 in the first quarter of the past five games. This team needs something good to happen early. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Nick Foles - He's No. 2 in the country in passing at 375.8 yards per game and will be taking aim at a banged-up UCLA secondary that might be getting some personnel back (CB Shelden Price) but likely not all of it (S Tony Dye). - The Sports Xchange

10/10/2011 - Coach Mike Stoops has been fired halfway through his eighth season at Arizona. Athletic director Greg Byrne announced Stoops' dismissal at a news conference Monday evening, two days after the Wildcats lost their fifth straight game, 37-27, at previously winless Oregon State. Dating to last season, Arizona has lost 10 of 11 games, the lone victory this season's opener over Northern Arizona, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school. The Wildcats last beat a Football Bowl Subdivision team in a game against UCLA on Oct. 30, 2010. Stoops had a 41-50 record with the Wildcats. He was co-defensive coordinator on his brother Bob's staff at Oklahoma before he was hired at Arizona. The 49-year-old coach, known for his emotional sideline behavior, also was an assistant at his alma mater Iowa and at Kansas State. His 2010 team started the season 7-1 but lost its last five, including a 36-10 blowout to Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl. Arizona, the only team in the old Pac-10 never to play in the Rose Bowl, had consecutive 8-5 seasons in 2008 and 2009. "Coach Stoops had many successes as our head coach over the last eight seasons," Byrne said in a news release. "It was a difficult decision but I feel now is the time for new leadership and direction." At the news conference, Byrne said the buyout for the remainder of Stoops' contract will be about $1.4 million. His contract ran through 2013 under an extension granted in December 2008. - AP Sports

09/08/2011 - The game against Oklahoma State is the first of a home-and-home series. The Cowboys are scheduled for a 2012 game at Arizona Stadium, but who knows? perhaps Oklahoma State will be in the Pac-12 by then. Or should we say the Pac-16? Arizona coach Mike Stoops sounded as if he wasn't thrilled with the speculation that Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could leave the Big 12 for the Pac-12. "This conference is tough enough," he said. "When you look at the amount of quality teams we would have in one conference, it's kind of scary especially if you don't have a long-term contract." QB Nick Foles, with a career-high five touchdown passes last week against NAU, moved to fourth on Arizona's all-time list with 44. Three more touchdown tosses will put him in second place; he's currently 23 behind leader Willie Tuitama. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Arizona is more predisposed and better equipped to pass than at any time in its history. QB Nick Foles, through Sunday's games, was the nation's leader passer in the first week with 412 yards. He completed at least five passes to five different receivers vs. NAU, so defenses can't just key on stopping WR Juron Criner (Out for the game). Arizona passes to set up the run the opposite of most teams and does need to show it can rush the ball well enough to make defenses account for it. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Arizona at Oklahoma State, Sept. 8 This begins a ruthless stretch of games for the Wildcats, who follow with home games against Stanford and Oregon, and then a road matchup against USC. The Wildcats have the passing game to compete week-in and week-out against ranked teams but eliminating the kind of huge mistakes they committed in last year's game vs. Oklahoma State is a must. KEYS TO THE GAME: Make WR Justin Blackmon earn it. OSU's Biletnikoff Award-winner got his typical 100-plus yards against Arizona last season (117 on nine catches), but 71 of those yards came on one play. The Wildcats usually play a soft bend-but-don't-break kind of defense, but that hasn't prevented them from being susceptible to giving up big plays on double-moves by receivers. Those kind of big plays by Blackmon could be huge momentum-changers. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Nick Foles threw three interceptions last season against Oklahoma State, completing 32 of 50 passes for 280 yards. One of those interceptions was returned for a touchdown. Foles did have a penchant last season for trying to do too much, forcing throws especially in the red zone that were picked off. He looked sharper than ever last week against NAU, however, completing 34 of 42 passes for 412 yards, with a career-high five touchdowns and no interceptions. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2011 - Nick Foles threw for 412 yards and had three of his five touchdown passes in third quarter, helping Arizona shake off a first-half funk to open the season with a 41-10 win over Northern Arizona Saturday night. The Wildcats flew around the field while building a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, then went stagnant in the second, allowing the FCS Lumberjacks to get within four points. Triggered by Trevin Wade's interception, Arizona pulled away in the third quarter on touchdown passes from Foles to Keola Antolin, Richard Morrison and Austin Hill. Juron Criner also caught a TD pass, finishing with six catches for 151 yards. Foles was 34 for 42 passing. Northern Arizona's Cary Grossart threw for 179 yards on 20 of 26 passing. Zach Bauman ran for 99 yards on 27 carries. The Wildcats were hoping Northern Arizona would serve as a warmup for a schedule that's about to get real tough. After the Lumberjacks, Arizona has a short turnaround for a road game against No. 9 Oklahoma State on Thursday. Two home dates follow: against No. 7 Stanford and Heisman Trophy favorite Andrew Luck on Sept. 17, then third-ranked Oregon on Sept. 24. - AP Sports

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Nick Foles - He's the unquestioned leader, on and off the field, for Arizona. As a senior, he'll need to show better and quicker decision-making, thereby avoiding the kind of untimely interceptions that plagued him last season. He is just as big as last season (about 245 pounds), but is leaner and should be able to move around better this season; the change in his body came after he discovered food allergies in the offseason and cut out whey protein, milk and eggs from his diet. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Arizona's five-game losing streak to end last season doesn't figure to grow the Wildcats open with lower-division Northern Arizona but the rest of the first half of the season could be plenty dicey. The bad 2010 ending, coupled with the brutal 2011 start, figures to be a major theme and major potential trouble in coach Mike Stoops' eighth season. "The end of the season was disappointing in a lot of different ways," he said. "We played well through the first eight games and really didn't do the things necessary to win down the stretch." Before the end of September, Arizona will have played three preseason top 10 teams Oklahoma State (in Stillwater) and Oregon and Stanford at home. After that come road games against USC and Oregon State. Each of those teams defeated the Wildcats last season. If Arizona doesn't reverse a couple of those results, it will difficult for the Cats to make it to a school-record fourth consecutive bowl game. Arizona, which was predicted to finish fourth in the Pac-12 South in voting by the league media, doesn't appear to have the horses to be an elite team. On the other hand, every team in the Pac-12 South is flawed and USC is ineligible to compete in the first conference title game so the Cats do have a reasonably open window of opportunity. To take advantage, a dynamite passing game, led by quarterback Nick Foles and receiver Juron Criner, has to lead the way and compensate for a lack of experience along both lines. "If you look at it on paper, it could be overwhelming," Stoops said of the early schedule. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Nick Foles - He's the unquestioned leader of the team and he could end up being the first Arizona quarterback in nearly four decades to play in the NFL. He completed 67.1 percent of his passes last season for 3,191 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Areas of improvement include getting rid of the ball quicker and not forcing throws into coverage. Arizona needs him to stay healthy so that it can redshirt talented senior quarterback Matt Scott in order to have him be in line to start in 2012. If Arizona needs a backup for a short period of time, it will turn to another senior, Bryson Beirne. - The Sports Xchange

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Nick Foles, SR, Arizona, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. As a junior, Foles threw for a career high 3,191 yards with 20 touchdowns in 2010. The scoring tosses tied for third-most in program history for a quarterback, while his 63.41-percent completion percentage was the second-best single season mark. In his two-year career at Arizona, Foles has eight 300-yard passing games and three 400-yard contests. He has thrown three or more touchdown passes in a single game on seven occasions. In his last 17 starts, Foles has thrown multiple interceptions in just one game. - Arizona football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Nick Foles, Arizona, Pac-12, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. As a junior, Foles threw for a career high 3,191 yards with 20 touchdowns in 2010. The scoring tosses tied for third-most in program history for a quarterback, while his 63.41-percent completion percentage was the second-best single season mark. In his two-year career at Arizona, Foles has eight 300-yard passing games and three 400-yard contests. He has thrown three or more touchdown passes in a single game on seven occasions. In his last 17 starts, Foles has thrown multiple interceptions in just one game. - Arizona football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Nick Foles, Arizona, QB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. - The Maxwell Football Club

06/05/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: QB Nick Foles - The senior-to-be had a series of late-game drives in 2010, beating Iowa and Cal and nearly doing the same against Arizona State (if not for a blocked extra point). He missed 2 1/2 games because of a dislocated kneecap but still passed for 3,191 yards, the third-best season in school history. He completed 286 of 426 passes (67.1 percent), with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 3/88 - Nick Foles, QB, 6-5, 244, Arizona...With Michael Vick turning 32 in June and in the final guaranteed year of his contract, the Eagles wanted to come out of this draft with a quarterback. They liked both Foles and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson. When Wilson went before their pick, it made the decision easy. - The Sports Xchange

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