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October 5, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Notes from Arizona coach Mike Stoops

Here’s a few notes from Arizona Coach Mike Stoops who spoke on a conference call this morning with Seattle-area media.
(How did the bye help you out?) “It came at a great time for us, it would have been very difficult for us to put a bunch of our guys out there this past Saturday. We were pretty banged up obviously from the experience at Iowa and Oregon State. Those are usually two pretty physical games. So we were pretty banged up. It came at a good time for us. Coming out of camp playing for four straight weeks.
(Are you pleased with the team?) “We’re playing pretty consistently. We haven’t had some real peaks and valley. I think we’re pretty consistent right now. Obviously the low point was losing (TE) Robbie (Gronkowski). We weren’t anticipating that. We were hopeful that we would get him back. So we had to adjust a little offensively in what we do and what we emphasize. Obviously the quarterback position was unsettled in the first part of camp and the first month of the season. So we’re doing some good things. There’s a lot of things we can improve on as a team. Particularly our third-down defense. And when you look at Washington and what they’ve done on third down that will be a huge part of the game this week I’m sure.”
(What has Foles given you at quarterback?) “Nick has just brought some consistency I think to our offense. He’s a guy that both quarterbacks have a lot of talent and great arms. Nick showed some great poise up at Oregon State. And that’s just kind of how he’s built. When you watch him. He’s not a guy that’s going to get too up or too down.”
(What does Nic Grisby give you?) “Nic was off to a great start to the season. Obviously he got hurt early on. He had a great run in that game and got hurt early. His ability to make people miss. His open field running is the things that you like about Nick. He has that ability to make people miss and he’s kind of the homerun hitter. And that’s really what we need now that we lost Robbie. To have another big-play guy back there is important to Nic. Like I said great speed and guy that can make you miss in a tight space.”
(On Washington) “I don’t think there’s any comparison. As a team, obviously the organization is much different. There ability on both sides of the ball is much different. Jake (Locker) is probably playing as well as anybody in the country at that position. I think he possesses some unique qualities that I always new he had. Obviously his accuracy has improved under Steve (Sarkisian). Just his presence as a quarterback is much different than any time than we’ve faced them. And that’s the thing I think you notice with them. You always got a chance with a guy like him. And they’ve surrounded him with some quality receivers and they ran the ball effectively Saturday so that adds another dimension. So they’re growing within that offense. Some of the throws he made in that game were just silly. Just the ability that he possess. I tried to tell people for years. It didn’t take me long to know what kind of player he was two years ago. Trying to find him was very difficult for us. He presents a huge challenge for us. And Steve has done a great job developing him as a player.”
(Other players returning.)Brooks Reed will be back today. I don’t know what level he’s going to be at. Nick is still sore with a shoulder. Bud Wright will be out, our slot receiver. He had a meniscus problem. … Antoine had an ankle. He’s back 100 percent. …. Brooks Reed and Nick are still the guys who are on the way back.”
(How has the offense changed without Willie Tuitama?) “Not much. We’re very similar to what we were a year ago. With Matt we do some things differently to try to create some opportunities with Matt running the football a little bit different.”

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