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October 6, 2009 at 10:47 AM

A few notes from Mike Stoops — team getting healthier

Arizona coach Mike Stoops just completed his stint on the Pac-10 coaches conference call for this week. Here are a few highlights:
— Stoops indicated that his team, which had a bye last week, is getting healthier. Asked specifically about starting DE Brooks Reed, saddled with a sore ankle the last two weeks, he said “he’s coming on. All of our guys practiced (Monday). Brooks, Nic (RB Nic Grigsby) they are getting closer to 100 percent. How much they will play Saturday will be determined during the week.” Sounds like UW should count on those guys playing, however.
— Arizona is 7-3 in games played in the Northwest under Stoops, and has won seven of its last nine. That includes both games at Husky Stadium in 2004 and 2007 and a win at Oregon State two Saturdays ago. Said Stoops of why that is: “Maybe it’s just the weather, our guys like getting out of the heat. We’ve just played well up there whether it’s Oregon or Oregon State and Washington, just played a lot of good games up there. … I don’t think it’s any one thing you can put that on. I just think we have become a better team here of late the last three years.”
— Stoops threw lots of plaudits at the Huskies saying that one of the big reasons for UW’s improvement this year is that “they’ve done a great job of utilizing their personnel. Washington has always had good personnel no matter what the story is behind the record. They are a program that has been around a long time and has a lot of tradition, so they’ve done a decent job recruiting there over the last several years even if their record may not have indicated that on the field because we’ve recruited a lot of those players, or tried to recruit them. So they have good players. They are just organized differently.”
— He also praised Jake Locker saying that he thinks the UW coaches have done a good job of changing his game. “I know his rushing numbers are not what they were but he’s a better player and they are a better team than they ever were in the past. He took such physical abuse the past couple of years — it all revolved around him. Now they are much more diverse, their receivers have really stepped up and their offensive line has done a nice job protecting him, as well.”
— He also talked about how Steve Sarkisian and his staff got a lot of credibility with the players with the early win over USC. “They know what they are doing and the kids have really bought into it, and that’s what’s really hard at the beginning is buying into your program and what you want. But having success early really put the light on. To have that type of success early is unbelievable but they did it and that gives them great credibility off the bat.”
— He also talked about using both QBs this week — Nick Foles and Matt Scott. Scott is more of a runner, Foles a better passer. Foles is now the starter but Stoops said he still envisions Scott playing, getting snaps out of shot gun formations that give him running opportunities, that sort of thing. “We’ll continue to use both players in different roles,” he said. So UW will have to prepare for both QBs this week.
All for now.

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