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Nick Foles set to go to Gruden’s QB camp

Mike Christy
Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Wildcat In a matchup of ranked teams, No. 24 Arizona took on the No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. A stout defense and pesky special teams helped the Wildcats to a 34-27 upset victory.

Former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles will appear on ESPN’s QB Camp, hosted by former NFL head coach Jon Gruden, at 2 p.m. today on ESPNU.

Gruden, the Monday Night Football analyst and former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been hosting a series of specials for ESPN where he watches game film with top quarterback prospects entering the draft and critiques their film to them. Gruden is known for the brutal honesty he brings to each 30-minute episode.

The series has been on since March 31, and Gruden has already spotlighted prospective No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, Boise State’s Kellen Moore, Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, Houston’s Case Keenum, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden and ASU’s Brock Osweiler. Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, generally regarded as the third-best quarterback in the draft, will appear on Tuesday’s edition.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Foles is the UA’s all-time leading passer with 10,011 yards and 67 touchdown passes, but since the Wildcats’ lackluster 4-8 season ended in November, his stock has plummeted. After widely being considered the No. 4 quarterback prospect in the draft, behind Tannehill, Griffin III and Luck, Foles has fallen far in most circles.’s Gil Brandt had Foles ranked as the 77th best prospect in the draft prior to the scouting combine in Indianpolis, but after his poor performance, he isn’t even ranked in the top 100 by Brandt anymore. CBS Sports has Foles ranked the No. 10 quarterback prospect, behind the likes of San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley and Chattanooga’s B.J. Coleman.

It remains to be seen whether or not tonight’s special will have any effect on Foles’ stock — that will be decided starting on Thursday when the first round of the NFL Draft airs on ESPN, followed by the second and third round on Friday and the last three rounds on Saturday.

If you watch
Time: 2 p.m.
Channel: ESPNU, Ch. 164 (Cox), Ch. 266 (Comcast), Ch. 208 (DirecTV)
Etc.: Stanford’s Andrew Luck, the projected No. 1 overall draft pick, and ASU’s Brock Osweiler have also been featured on “QB Camp”

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