Nick Foles, the second year man out of the University of Arizona, has one of the most coveted second-string quarterback jobs in the NFL. Foles nearly won the starting quarterback position before the season began and is now gearing up to start in week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in place of the injured Michael Vick.
Foles began his college football career as a Michigan St. Spartan. His stint with the team would not last long, however, and he decided to transfer to the University of Arizona after his freshman year. Foles’ career as a quarterback took off when he became the signal caller for the Wildcats.
In his sophomore year, Foles threw for 2,486 yards and 19 touchdowns. During his junior year, Foles improved on his past campaign and threw for 3,191 yards and 20 touchdowns. Finally, as a senior in college, Foles showed scouts why he had the potential to be a quarterback in the NFL, as he threw for 4,334 yards, 28 touchdowns, only 14 interceptions, and finished the season with a quarterback rating of 145.6.
This impressive end to a successful college football career put Foles on the radar for NFL teams looking for a young, talented quarterback. The Eagles saw what Foles had to offer and drafted him in the third round of the 2012 draft.
After sustaining a rib injury mid season, Michael Vick was forced to miss some time during the 2012 season. This gave Foles, a rookie who was not expected to see the field for a single snap during the regular season, a chance to call hike with the first team offense, in a real NFL game.
Foles would go on to play in seven games during his rookie season. He threw for 1,699 yards, 6 touchdowns, averaged 242.7 yards per game, and had a quarterback rating of 79.1. These numbers weren’t impressive, but coming from a rookie quarterback, they were promising.
Last week the broken record was played again, as Vick’s hamstring flared up, causing him to leave the game. Foles was once again ready for the opportunity, and entered the game late in the second quarter. Foles led the Eagles to a win, keeping the division rival Giants winless. He threw for 197 yards, 2 touchdowns, and completed 16 of 25 pass attempts. Foles said after the game, “Mike was hurt. It was my job to go in there and get a win.” Foles and the Eagles did just that.
If Foles can prove this to be more than just a fluke performance against one of the worst teams in the league, we may be having a conversation similar to the one that Patriots fans found themselves having when Tom Brady took over for the injured Drew Bledsoe in 2002, which is, can a player lose his job to injury?
Well, Tom Brady turned out to be pretty good.