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Nick Foles might be the best QB Tucson has ever seen.
The Wildcats have never had a QB drafted. That will likely change with Nick Foles.
Foles will have to deal with no returning starters on the offensive line though. The team doesn't even have any of its backups back either, as there is a total of one game-starter returning. The good thing for Foles is that he will have a clear-cut Biletnikoff Award contender back in Juron Criner.
Another problem will be that the defense will not be close to as good as it was last year with Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore gone, meaning longer drives. U of A was second in the conference in pass completion percentage against last year with 57.3 percent, mostly because of Reed and Elmore's pass rush.
Foles is very accurate and should be OK as the short throw is a stable of Arizona's offense. However the long balls to Criner will likely be gone. Foles had 10 INTs last year which will have to go down, especially if he is throwing shorter passes because of the pick-six risk.
Also Foles has to work on his scrambling ability as he had -113 yards rushing. Now, nobody is expecting Foles to turn into a Darren Thomas, but if he wants to play better, this is where he can easily improve. Willie Tuitama, who is the school's career passer, had -166, -163 and -120 in 2006,'07 and '08 respectively. If Foles wants to be better than Tuitama, this is the area he can do better in.
When it comes to backups, Arizona has the best in the conference in Matt Scott. Scott can run the ball. He had 135 rushing yards last year, despite being the backup. He was also the No. 5 dual-threat QB coming out of high school in 2008 and was expected to take over for Tuitama before Foles transferred from Michigan State. Mike Stoops has been talking about redshirting Scott as the team does have Bryson Beirne, a four-year senior, also in the rotation. True freshman Daxx Garman was also in for the spring.
The Wildcats have a very tough schedule to break in a new O-line starting with their second game at Oklahoma State, Stanford, Oregon, at USC and at Oregon State before their bye. If they can win two or three of those games, a bowl should be in the cards this year.