Wildcats in the NFL

Former Arizona Wildcats QB Foles leads TD drive after throwing interception

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Nick Foles’ start tonight had a turnover and a touchdown drive, similar to his first preseason game with Philadelphia last week.

Nick Foles scored on a seven-yard touchdown run against Carolina tonight

Nick Foles scored on a seven-yard touchdown run against Carolina tonight

Foles led a five-play, 39-yard drive for a touchdown late in the first quarter in Philadelphia’s exhibition game against visiting Carolina. The drive was capped by Foles’ seven-yard scramble for a touchdown.

In the previous drive, Foles looked impressive, taking the Eagles from their own 5-yard line to the Panthers’ 8. The drive concluded when Foles dropped the ball, picked it up and threw off-balance under pressure and Carolina cornerback Josh Thomas snared the ill-advised pass in the back of the end zone for the interception. The 14-play drive took 5:40.

Last week, in Philadelphia’s 31-22 exhibition loss to New England, Foles directed a touchdown drive after fumbling a snap on his initial possession. The difference this week is that Foles started whereas last week he replaced Michael Vick.

Vick took over for Foles tonight in the Eagles’ first possession of the second quarter and was impressive, also directing a touchdown drive. Vick completed nine consecutive passes before throwing an interception on a Hail Mary attempt to end the first half.

Foles completed six of eight passes for 53 yards and Vick was 9-of-10 for 105 yards. Foles rushed twice for 13 yards. Vick ran twice for 20 yards.

No. 3 quarterback Matt Barkley, who worked extensively with the first-team offense earlier in the week, did not play with the first team in the game. He had yet to play as of halftime.

Philadelphia’s next exhibition game is Aug. 24 at Jacksonville. The Wildcats’ last two quarterbacks — Foles and the Jaguars’ Matt Scott — should play in that game. Foles will also be reunited with Jacksonville quarterback coach Frank Scelfo, who was the quarterbacks coach with Arizona during Foles’ junior and senior seasons with the Wildcats (2010-11).

NICK FOLES VS. MICHAEL VICK COMPARISON
After exhibition games against New England and Carolina

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WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.

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