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UA football: Foles getting mixed reviews for pro day performance

2012-03-20T17:33:00Z 2012-04-26T14:41:14Z UA football: Foles getting mixed reviews for pro day performanceBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

When his pro day throwing session was over, Arizona Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles met privately with scouts from a handful of NFL teams.

The topic: How well he played.

“They said I had a great day," Foles said. 

All which makes today’s report form seem even stranger. A handful of (unnamed) scouts told Rob Rang that Foles was uneven, or worse, in Monday’s workout on campus. One scout even called Foles’ performance “terrible.” 

"He couldn't throw a spiral," the scout told Rang. 

Read the entire story here.

I'm not a scout — heck, I don't even work for — but the criticism seems a bit harsh and verrrrrrrry short-sighted. First, Foles threw in hail and strong winds, and on grass, to a corps of receivers that included, among others, former Wildcat Travis Cobb and defensive end-turned-fullback C.J. Parish. 

And while the weather made some of his deeper passes wobble more than usual, Foles remains — almost eerily — the same player I've covered for the past three years. His short and intermediate passes were zippy, and his trademark fades, when the wind cooperated, were on point. I came away pretty impressed by his body of work on a cold, miserable day. Foles completed more than 90 percent of his passes during the workout; I only saw him miss two or three receivers on routes.  In fairness, UA die-hards, the unnamed scouts and I agreed: David Douglas helped his cause more than any player participating in pro day. 

Don't expect some of the criticism to faze Arizona's all-time leading passer. Foles told me yesterday that he long ago gave up reading his own press clippings. 

The knocks — that Foles is too slow, has shoddy footwork and, now, apparently "can't throw a spiral" —don't faze him. 

"All it takes is one team falling in love," he told me. "All I can do is the best I can do." 

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