No bluff: Foles, Cobb pick up honors from the Pac-10by Anthony Gimino on Sep. 20, 2010, under Nick Foles, Sports
Good thing for the Arizona Wildcats that quarterback Nick Foles is a better passer than a poker player.
“I know Nick well enough now that I can tell when he’s bluffing,” said wide receiver David Douglas, who is Foles’ roommate. “When I see he’s bluffing, I’ll kind of bait him in so he puts in a lot.”
Defenses are having a harder time figuring him out. Foles, after completing 28 of 39 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against Iowa, is the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.
More than the numbers, Foles directed the Wildcats on a late game-winning touchdown drive in the 34-27 victory over the ninth-ranked Hawkeyes.
“Having a player like Nick, and having guys believing in a player like that, is always big,” coach Mike Stoops said. “Taking another step against a quality team like that gives you a lot of confidence as a team.”
This is the second player of the week award for Foles, who also won it last season after the Stanford game, when he was 40 of 51 for 415 yards and three touchdowns.
Arizona doubled-up on awards this week as Travis Cobb was chosen the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Cobb had a 100-yard kickoff return, during which he said he wasn’t even touched.
On Iowa’s first kickoff of the game, he caught the ball a yard or so into the end zone, near the left sideline. He hesitated at first to check where he was before deciding to bring it out. The coaches tell Cobb that if he is 3 or 4 yards into the end zone, he needs to take a knee for a touchback.
“I caught it and looked where I was, and said, ‘You know what, this is the first one of the game, I gotta go,’” Cobb said.
More on Foles
Olin Buchanan, a national college football writer for Rivals.com, is in town to write a story on the Wildcats.
He wrote this over on the website’s “What we learned” wrap-up of the weekend:
Arizona’s Nick Foles ranks among the nation’s premier quarterbacks. Foles usually is left out of the discussion of the country’s best quarterback and overshadowed by Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Washington’s Jake Locker, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and Boise State’s Kellen Moore. But he should be grouped with them after passing for 303 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Wildcats to a wild 34-27 upset of Iowa, which has one of the nation’s best defenses. Foles, who has completed better than 78 percent of his passes, is 10-3 as the Wildcats’ starting quarterback.