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August 24, 2009 8:08 PM

UA QB job still up for grabs

The competition is not over for the starting quarterback job at the University of Arizona.

According to, the battle between Matt Scott and Nick Foles continues.

After graduating last year's starter, Willie Tuitama, sophomores Foles (left in the photo) and Scott (right) have been in a heated battle.

Scott looked like he might win the starting job with a great performance in Thursday's practice. Not to be outdone, Foles answered with a stellar Saturday practice, throwing the decision, once again, in limbo.

Wildcats head football coach Mike Stoops said he hopes to make a decision on the starting quarterback soon.

"We'll continue to evaluate," Stoops told The Arizona Republic. "We have to really take a hard look at it and see where we're at. Hopefully by Tuesday we'll come up with a game plan."

Foles completed 11 of 16 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown Saturday. He led the team to two 75-yard scoring drives. Scott was not as impressive, going 9 of 19 for 85 yards and zero touchdowns.

Scott, however, has more experience in the Wildcats' system, having served as the backup quarterback a year ago. Foles is a transfer from Michigan State.

The Wildcats finished the 2008 season with a 8-5 record, a fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 Conference and a 31-21 win over Brigham Young University in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Arizona opens its season at home against Central Michigan on Sept. 5.

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