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Strong-armed Matt Scott had actually won the quarterback battle in 2009, the year Foles became eligible after transferring from Michigan State. But in Week 3, Scott struggled at Iowa and was replaced by Foles.

Nick came in and just took over, Dykes told SI Tuesday while on the road recruiting in West Texas. He was just so mature. Thats what made Nick different really than 90% of the quarterbacks that Ive had. Hes just so mature. When you were talking to him, it was like talking to a grown man. He was very mature. Very methodical. He always had a plan for everything. And thats what I think set him apart.

Nicks so mature, Dykes sayshe and his former QB still text regularly. "Hes just one of those people thats always believed that if he worked as hard as he could work, and gave his best, in the long run, hes gonna come out successful. The stuff that young people end up getting upset aboutnot winning the starting jobthat didnt bother Nick. He just kept working. Hey, I am gonna get an opportunity and when I do, Im gonna be prepared and I am gonna make the most of it. So I think theres a real carryover from what he went through at Arizona and to what he went through with the Eagles. Heck, a year ago, he was considering retiring. But he took that same approach, Im gonna get an opportunity and when I do, Im gonna be prepared and Im gonna run with it,' and obviously he has.

Foles isnt the only Super Bowl LII participant the 48-year-old Dykes tutored in his three seasons at Arizona. He also overlapped with the Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowskis three years in Tuscson, and at his previous stop as Texas Techs receivers coach Dykes worked with standout wide receiver Danny Amendola, who caught the touchdown that sent New England to the Super Bowl. While the straight-laced Foles doesnt seem all too similar to the more boisterous Patriots receivers, Dykes notes a common thread: Those guys are all ultra competitive people and they just burn hot competitively. b-gronkowski-sonny-dykes-super-bowl?utm_campaign=si-ncaafb&a mp; alflow_twitter_si

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