Thursday’s Coverage of the Cats

“I just tried to stay calm and collected … I felt comfortable especially with the line giving me time and the receivers making plays … It was a special moment” — former Arizona quarterback Nick Foles on his NFL preseason debut in which he passed for 144 yards and two touchdowns (click on picture to access video)


>> Former Arizona basketball player Andre Iguodala moves from Philadelphia to Denver in a four-team blockbuster trade involving at least eight current players. The headliner in the trade is Dwight Howard going from Orlando to the Los Angeles Lakers. Iguodala will be the star player for the Nuggets, much like he was with the Sixers, and he will be coached by a class act — George Karl — who has battled cancer in recent years.

>> Ryan Finley of The Arizona Daily Star writes about Arizona’s Patrick Onwuasor moving from wide receiver to safety, a position some big-time programs like Nebraska, Miami (Fla.) and Washington recruited him out of high school.

>> Anthony Gimino of recaps Nick Foles’ first preseason football game with the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles’ initial performance with the Eagles was quite impressive against the Steelers with touchdown throws of 70 and 44 yards. Gimino also writes about other former Arizona players who had a good night on the field, including San Diego linebacker Ricky Elmore, who forced a fumble against the team that cut him last year as a rookie — Green Bay.

>> The Philadelphia Inquirer lists Foles’ performance as one of the Top 10 Notables from the Eagles’ win. The Line of the Blog: “The only person not completely enjoying Foles’ third-quarter success may have been backup quarterback Mike Kafka. (Is that former backup? “Whoever is playing the best is going to play,” (Eagles coach Andy) Reid said.)

>> Gimino also details the commitment of running back Pierre Cormier of San Diego Madison to the Wildcats this week. He becomes one of the highest-rated members of coach Rich Rodriguez’s first full recruiting class, which is up to 24 players. Cormier is rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports. Gimino also provides a graphic listing the 24 commitments for the Class of 2013 for Rodriguez.

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