Nick Foles’ College Coach: “Always Knew He Could Be Franchise QB”BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
The former Arizona head coach and current Oklahoma offensive coordinator, (his brother Bob is head coach of the Sooners), says he knew of Foles when he was in high school in Texas. He talked about the young quarterback first going to Michigan State, becoming disenchanted with the situation there, then transferring to Arizona.
Stoops said Foles showed him he could develop into a franchise quarterback during his time in Arizona. The coach said Foles had all of the ingredients, size, strong arm, very smart, accuracy, toughness and poise. It was one of the reasons he told Birds offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg that the Eagles should draft Foles and they wouldn’t be disappointed.
The Sooners’ offensive coordinator said Foles’ size is comparable to that of Pittsburgh Steelers franchise quarterback and two-time Super Bowl Champion, Ben Roethlisberger.
He said his poise in the pocket and coolness under pressure is like New England future Hall of Fame quarterback,Tom Brady, who has led the Patriots to five Super Bowls and won three of them, including beating the Eagles in the 2005 contest. The coach said that Brady and Foles both have functional escapability.
Stoops said the toughness of Foles is really special. The coach said the youngster got pounded during his time at Arizona, but never let the hits get to him.
He admitted that it’s still early in the process, but Stoops said he’s not surprised by the early success of his former signal caller, adding at the end that the youngster won’t get big-headed by his early success.
Marx added that Foles has dropped to pass 57 times so far in the preseason, but yet to be sacked.
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