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Arizona Wildcats in the NFL: Foles nearly flawless vs. Jaguars and Scott



Nick Foles completed all 10 of his passes and engineered the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter for Philadelphia against Jacksonville

Nick Foles completed all 10 of his passes and engineered the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter for Philadelphia against Jacksonville

Arizona’s last two starting quarterbacks — Nick Foles and Matt Scott — shared the same field again Saturday night during Philadelphia’s 31-24 preseason victory at Jacksonville.

Foles was nearly flawless, completing 10 of 11 passes for 112 yards, including all 10 attempts in the fourth quarter. He replaced Michael Vick, the Eagles’ No. 1 quarterback, toward the end of the third quarter. Foles engineered two touchdown drives, including the go-ahead score with 2:02 remaining.

The two touchdown drives: A total of 19 plays, 152 yards in only 6:13 of game time. Fifteen of the plays were from the shotgun with no huddles.

One of the drives was 14 plays, 99 yards that culminated in a Chris Polk touchdown run. Foles went 6-for-6 for 61 yards on that drive.

“That’s what I expect out of Nick,” Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. “I think he’s an outstanding quarterback. I said that when we made the decision with Mike, and I feel like we have two quarterbacks who are NFL-quality quarterbacks. We expected him to do that. That’s the type of player he is.”

Scott replaced Jacksonville starter Chad Henne midway through the third quarter. He quarterbacked the Jaguars in three drives and came up empty with each. The undrafted rookie completed six of 11 passes for 52 yards.

Scott appears to be in the lead for Jacksonville’s No. 3 spot. The quarterback challenging him (after Blaine Gabbert and Henne) is Mike Kafka, who was part of only one drive that stalled late in the fourth quarter.

Gabbert, Jacksonville’s No. 1 quarterback, has a hairline fracture in his right thumb and did not play Saturday night.

Scott, who suffered a concussion late last season with Arizona, is hanging in there with Jacksonville. Two Miami players were fined by the NFL for unnecessary rough play against Scott in the preseason opener a couple of weeks ago.

NOTES: A target for Foles and Scott at Arizona — wide receiver David Douglas — caught a 12-yard touchdown pass for Tampa Bay in its 17-16 win over Miami on Saturday night. … Trevin Wade, a cornerback with Cleveland, did not play Saturday night against Indianapolis because of a shoulder injury.

This site will run statistic updates on former Wildcats who are active in the NFL throughout the season:

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An overall list of UA players in the NFL:

Colin Baxter, C, San Diego Chargers
Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago Bears
Eben Britton, G, Chicago Bears
Dan Buckner, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Juron Criner, WR, Oakland Raiders
David Douglas, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ricky Elmore, LB, Washington Redskins
Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Folk, PK, New York Jets
Robert Golden, S, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
Chris Gronkowski, FB, San Diego Chargers
Spencer Larsen, FB/LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Earl Mitchell, NT, Houston Texans
Fendi Onobun*, TE, Chichago Bears
Brooks Reed, LB, Houston Texans
D’Aundre Reed, DE, Minnesota Vikings
Matt Scott, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Trevin Wade, CB, Cleveland Browns

* — Onobun did not play football at Arizona but he lettered with the basketball team four years before playing one season of football at Houston

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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