Calais Campbell: Jaguars’ season ‘really comes down’ to Nick Foles

first_img Four-time All-Pro NaVorro Bowman retires as a 49er, one-day contract or not “The thing I love about this year is it really comes down to Nick Foles,” Campbell said. “He’s a guy who’s over 30, has a lot of experience, won a Super Bowl MVP, but really what he brings is that confidence. He’s a natural leader. When he breaks the team huddle at the end of practice, you can see guys really hear him and that’s so important. Obviously what he can do throwing the ball is great, but what he does for the actual overall team, giving us more confidence and belief.”Foles, 30, threw for 1,413 yards and seven touchdowns in five games for Philadelphia last season. He replaced an injured Carson Wentz for the team’s postseason run, where the Eagles topped the Bears in the wild-card round before falling to the Saints.Foles also filled in for an injured Wentz in 2017 and led Philadelphia through the playoffs and to a Super Bowl 52 victory over the Patriots. “First things first, last year sucked,” Campbell told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on Wednesday. “Our youth really showed. Once we started losing guys, having some injuries, having some real adversity, we really didn’t handle it well. And that’s youth. Experience really pays dividends in a situation there.”But the Jaguars added Foles on a four-year deal worth $88 million in March after parting ways with Blake Bortles. They padded their defense by selecting Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen in the first round of last month’s draft. Nick Foles’ wife urged him to rejoin Jaguars after miscarriage Matt LaFleur injury update: Packers coach wheels around OTAs Calais Campbell can’t help but think Jacksonville’s upcoming season will depend heavily on one player’s performance: new quarterback Nick Foles.The veteran defensive end didn’t shy away from discussing his team’s terrible campaign in 2018 as the Jaguars finished 5-11 for last in the AFC South just one year after making it to the AFC championship. Related Newslast_img read more

Perez’s no-hitters climax perfect run

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventPerez struck out 13 batters and came within one walk of throwing a perfect game Monday. She is one no-hitter from tying the school career record and has a full year of eligibility remaining. Perez has been working on a changeup to go with a mid-60 mph fastball and a devastating riseball. “She throws really hard, and that riseball really moves,” AVC coach Cindy Vargas said. “When a riseball comes at you at that velocity, you just don’t have enough time to adjust. You can tell a lot of the batters out there are just guessing.” Perez recorded the last out of Monday’s no-hitter on an odd 3-4-3 play that typified the way things are going for the Marauders. An Mt. San Jacinto batter finally made good contact against Perez, hitting a line drive that ricocheted off first baseman Katie Cornelison glove toward second baseman Erica Ricker, who made a diving play to keep the ball in front of her, then threw to Cornelison for the game’s final out. “It’s just been an amazing year,” Vargas said. “Coming into this year, we knew we had a special group, but this is something you dream about. Everything has gone right for us so far.” What has only been accomplished nine times in school history, Antelope Valley College freshman pitching sensation Nickie Perez has done twice in less than a week. Perez, a Littlerock High product who was the Golden League MVP in 2004, pitched her second no-hitter in five days Monday in the Marauders’ 7-0 Foothill Conference victory over Mt. San Jacinto of Hemet. AVC (41-5 overall, 21-0 Foothill) concluded conference play unbeaten for a second consecutive year. Perez (21-2) pitched the school’s first no-hitter since 1994 eight days ago in a 3-0 victory over Chaffey of Rancho Cucamonga. Monday’s victory extended AVC’s winning streak to 23 games. Regional host? The Marauders, ranked No. 3 in the state and No. 2 in Southern California, are expected to play host on May 6-7 to a two-day, four-team, double-elimination regional playoff for the first time since 1994. AVC needs to finish in the top four in the Southern California rankings to be selected host of one of four regional playoffs. The winner of each regional advances to the elite eight state tournament May 13-14 in Redding. The Marauders are seeking their first state tournament appearance. AVC won’t know if it will stage a regional until Friday night’s seeding meeting at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. “I don’t see how we wouldn’t, but you never know,” Vargas said. Full rides: Women’s basketball standouts Sade Bunch and Angela Conde have accepted Div. II scholarship offers from Armstrong Atlantic State in Savannah, Ga. Freshman point guard Bunch, a first-team All-Foothill Conference selection after leading the Marauders in scoring and steals, was an academic qualifier out of high school, enabling her to accept the offer. Conde is a native of Spain who transferred to AVC from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. “It’s great for them, and it’s great for our program,” AVC coach John Taylor said. “I think it shows that our women’s basketball program moves kids on. That’s what happens when you come to AVC.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more