Wildcats quarterback Foles part of pack visiting ESPN

2010-07-27T00:00:00Z 2014-09-15T09:08:06Z Wildcats quarterback Foles part of pack visiting ESPNRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 27, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Nick Foles will steer the Arizona Wildcats offense this fall.

But first, he'll take a spin through the "car wash."

Foles and three other Pac-10 Conference quarterbacks - USC's Matt Barkley, Stanford's Andrew Luck and Washington's Jake Locker - will spend today touring ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters and doing interviews.

The ESPN cycle, referred to as "the car wash," is part of a Pac-10 media push designed to get the conference more national attention. The four quarterbacks will do interviews on "SportsCenter," "First Take" and "College Football Live" and make appearances on the ESPNews and ESPNU channels. They'll meet with writers from ESPN Rise, a prep sports magazine, and take part in a podcast.

The trip to Bristol is the first for Foles, a Michigan State transfer who emerged as a breakout star in 2009. Foles threw for 2,486 yards and 19 touchdowns in 13 games, 10 spent as a starter.

He's expected to be one of the conference's best quarterbacks as a junior.

The Pac-10's coaches will go through a similar wringer today and Wednesday before heading west for Pac-10 media day. Thursday's event will be held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

UA coach Mike Stoops said the cross- country trip is "a little bit of a burden," but ultimately worth it.

The Wildcats will open training camp Aug. 5.

"If they're not going to go to you, go to them," Stoops said. "We have a lot to offer as a conference and a program. I think all these schools are on the upswing. We're one of the most competitive conferences in the country, top to bottom."

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