QB Nick Foles: I plan on being back at Arizonaby Anthony Gimino on Dec. 16, 2010, under Sports
This might not fall into the breaking news category, but people have asked about it, so I put it to Arizona Wildcats junior quarterback Nick Foles after practice Thursday: What are your football plans after the season?
“I plan on being back,” he said.
Foles is considered an NFL prospect, which would be a first for Arizona since joining the Pac-10. In fact, considering that next season will be the debut of the Pac-12, the Wildcats figure to go all 33 seasons of the Pac-10 without producing a single player who was drafted as a quarterback.
That’s assuming Foles is waiting for the 2012 draft after his senior season.
“It was always a dream of mine as a kid to play college football,” Foles said. “I want to enjoy this while I can. I think a lot of time people overlook where they’re at. I’m fortunate to be here and be in a situation where I’m playing football at a great university.
“That’s not going to change. I want to be here. I love it here.”
I asked Foles if he had petitioned the NFL advisory committee to check on his likely draft status. He said he hadn’t, and he leaves stuff like that up to his dad, anyway.
“I told my dad that whenever the opportunity arises for me to think about the NFL, I don’t want to talk about it,” Foles said.
“I said if any agents call or anything like that, I don’t want to hear about it, you’ve got it. I don’t want to know about it. I want to enjoy playing college football and I want to focus on my team. I don’t want to focus on myself when it comes to that. That’s just being selfish.”
Of course, Foles will have to focus on himself in the offseason in terms of getting better.
He said one of his main areas of improvement has been — and will need to continue to be — his footwork.
“Just watch film of me this year and last year; there is already a huge difference,” Foles said.
Foles, who missed two games because of a knee injury, has completed 254 of 376 passes for 2,911 yards, with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.
Rob Rang, a senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, told me after the regular-season finale against Arizona State that he sees Foles’ potential as a second-round pick after next season.
But that, according to Rang, is if Foles shows more consistent accuracy on the deep ball. And NFL scouts likely will have nagging doubts about Foles because he plays in a spread system — can he make NFL-type reads?
But nobody doubts Foles’ work ethic.
“This next offseason, I want to push the envelope more and more and more and get better every single day,” he said. “Just enjoy the process. That’s the most important thing.”