Stoops looking toward Huskies

When Arizona coach Mike Stoops took the podium on Monday, much of the focus was on the upcoming game with the Washington Huskies.

When Arizona coach Mike Stoops took the podium on Monday, much of the focus was on the upcoming game with the Washington Huskies.

When looking at the Huskies, it is difficult to ignore the fact that Washington has had one of the tougher schedules in the nation.

"With young, inexperienced teams, it's hard when you get off to a bad start and it's very difficult to come back," he said. "Playing nine conference games, I can't emphasize that enough. Look at what happened to USC going on the road. To play five conference games on the road and then play BYU, Notre Dame and then Oklahoma?

I mean, I'm not a rocket scientist and I'm not an athletic director, but come on. Put two and two together, that's very, very difficult."

However, there is no excuse for the way the defense has played, especially on the defensive line.

"(Washington has) a new defensive coordinator and they're struggling personnel-wise," he said. "But again, you have to look at who they've played. Their defensive statistics aren't good but you look at Oklahoma, Oregon and BYU, they're four of the top probably 10 or 12 offenses in the country so again, there's an underlying story behind what meets the eye sometimes.

"The thing that probably jumps out at me the most is that they don't have any sacks yet and whether they come in here and try to pressure our quarterback more will be interesting to see."

As for the offense, Stoops does not know what the UA will see now that Jake Locker is out for the game.

I think we're in good shape mentally and physically for this game," he said. "Obviously Washington took some hits injury-wise so what they emphasize we really won't know and it'll be a little different than what we were preparing for all last week.

"You have to adjust to what you think they're going to emphasize with a new quarterback and obviously running the football with the quarterback won't be as emphasized as much as we were thinking a week ago. They'll come in I'd imagine with a pretty open game plan like they have nothing to lose."

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