Grid Notes: "Minor changes"

Changes need to be made. That was the theme of Mike Stoops' press conference on Monday. Although the Wildcat head coach would not deal in specifics, he did say that there would be some changes made for the Stanford game and beyond.

"There are some things that are broken and need to be fixed," Stoops began the press session. "There are some things we are doing that doesn't seem to be working as well as we would like. There will be some minor changes as we move forward. I don't want to discuss everything that we are going do at this point until I talk to our team about how we are going to go about preparation this week and the remainder of the season."

Without specifics, one can only assume what the changes will be. Sources close to the program hinted that there would be some personnel moves and the possibility that a few coaches may shift responsibilities. Stoops was waiting to speak to the team before announcing the changes, but did mention that most, if not all of them would occur on the offensive side of the ball.

"There are going to be some minor changes, nothing too drastic," Stoops claimed.

Stoops seemed concerned about two aspects of the offense, the ability to run the ball and the team's ability to keep defenses honest and not overloading on blitzes and gimmicks.

"We are letting people get away with stuff they should not be able to get away with," Stoops said. "They will keep on doing it until we attack it properly."

INJURY UPDATE: Willie Tuitama is listed as questionable for the Stanford game with a concussion. Although Stoops did not rule out Tuitama playing in the game, he did say the team would be very "conservative" with his health and hinted that he may be out for quite awhile.

"I will be pretty conservative with him because he has a long career ahead of him," Stoops said.

Tuitama could be fitted with a new helmet to help reduce concussions, but overall it is just a matter of being patient and allowing Tuitama to heal.

Other than that the Wildcats seemed to have escaped the UCLA game with good health. Louis Holmes sprained his knee last week but played extensively against the Bruins. Yaniv Barnett also returned to action.

MOVING ON UP: Former starting QB Kris Heavner will move up to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. Stoops said he felt confident in Heavner's ability and that he will benefit from extra work this week in practice.

GOOD AND BAD: Stoops was very pleased with the defense's ability to stop UCLA's running game but was concerned about the lack of a pass rush and the defense's ability to make big plays. Despite holding UCLA almost 120 yards under their average, Arizona failed to force a turnover and did not register a quarterback sack.

YOUNG GUNS: Arizona played some young players more reps than usual against UCLA. LB Adrian McCovy played about 30 snaps and DB Devin Ross was on the field for about 15 snaps. WR Terrell Turner also saw quite a bit of work.

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