Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Stoops says Foles 100 percent
By ESPN.com staff
The odds are Nick Foles will start for Arizona at Stanford on Saturday, though coach Mike Stoops is being coy about providing a definitive statement on his plans.
"Nick was a full participant in practice [Monday]," he said. "We feel good about that. I'm not going to divulge what we're going to emphasize or who we're to play. At this point, I feel comfortable in saying that Nick is 100 percent."
Foles dislocated his knee cap on Oct. 16 at Washington State. Backup Matt Scott has played well starting in two games Foles' stead, passing for 552 yards with three TDs and one interception and rushing for 136 yards during victories over Washington and UCLA.
But last week offensive coordinator Seth Littrell said Foles would be the starter as soon as he was healthy. Said Littrell, "The way I look at it is Foles won the job and it's his job. Due to injury, Matt obviously came in and had a great game this past week [against Washington]... But when Foles gets healthy and comes back he will become the starter again."
But Littrell also said that Scott's effectiveness has earned him more playing time going forward.
"What this does is, now, you really find ways to use Matt in each and every game," he said. "Like I said, we probably should've played him a little bit more early on -- getting some different packages for him. It may be a situation where you could see them both in the game at the same time. Who knows?"
So even if Foles starts, Stoops and Littrell want to make sure Stanford is forced to pend practice time getting ready for a mobile QB who can run a spread-option (Scott) as well as one who works best in the pocket (Foles).