Inside the Depth Chart: Quarterbackby Brad Allis on Sep. 03, 2010, under Sports
The talk of spring football was that Matt Scott had greatly improved from last year. That’s true, but the job is still Nick Foles’. While Scott has certainly pushed the junior signal caller, and will see some playing time this season, Foles is the man in Tucson. New quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo has tweaked both passers’ mechanics and the fine-tuning has suited both players well. Foles had a strong spring, and despite some minor injuries during fall camp, the junior appears ready to improve upon his strong sophomore campaign.
Foles has a great grasp on the offense, fantastic pocket presence and a strong arm. He makes good decisions and is the type of quiet leader players have really gravitated towards. Last year he had some issues when teams made a concerted effort to shut down the middle of the field and had a tendency to check down into conservative plays, but as his confidence grows and his feel for the offense improves, those issues should decrease.
Scott is the better runner of the two and has done a nice job improving his passing acumen. He is showing more patience in the pocket, not taking off on a sprint the moment things bog down, but can still do a lot of damage with his legs and may still be an option in some short yardage situations.
“A lot of times, the third year in the program is when it clicks for guys,” said assistant coach Dave Nichol. “And that’s where Matt is. Our system is not easy for a quarterback. … He has complete understanding of everything that is going on. That’s my opinion.”
Bryson Beirne gives the team a heady back-up with a work ethic that has endeared him to his teammates.
- Week One Depth Chart:
- Nick Foles 6-5, 245, JR*
- Matt Scott 6-3, 195, JR
- Bryson Beirne 6-3, 225, JR*
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