Thursday, July 29, 2010
On stage ... Arizona
By ESPN.com staff
PASADENA, Calif. -- Some quick hits from media day.
- Coach Mike Stoops with quarterback Nick Foles. Arizona was picked fifth in the media poll after finishing tied for second in 2009.
- Said Stoops: "It's nice to be a little later in the afternoon here." Teams appear on stage in reverse order of conference finish the previous season.
- Stoops: "The ability to mature defensively will be key."
- Stoops on replacing three linebackers: "We feel like we have some talented players."
- Stoops on wide receiver Juron Criner: "He has to be the beast of a receiver outside."
- Stoops: "We're not as deep a team as a year ago but I think we're a better team."
- Foles on being the starter from Week 1 after taking the job in Week 4 in 2009: "The big thing it changes is confidence in the offseason ... I just feel a lot more comfortable going into the season."
- Stoops on possibly playing his brother, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops: "That's not something we'd ever want to do purposefully ... but sometimes it's inevitable ... hopefully we could play him in the Rose Bowl or national championship game."