Stoops meets with media

Arizona head coach Mike Stoops had a chance to meet with the media on Monday and had plenty to say about the current state of Arizona football.

Arizona head coach Mike Stoops had a chance to meet with the media on Monday and had plenty to say about the current state of Arizona football.

Although OSU is impressive offensively, Arizona knows that the Beavers are strong defensively as well.

"They play very aggressive up front, but it is a controlled and smart aggression," Stoops said. "They understand what they are doing really well and they play hard. That is a big part of defense, their attitude, effort and preparation. They pride themselves on all three areas and that is what good teams do."

In general, however, Stoops has an overall appreciation for the Beavers.

"Oregon State is an excellent football team that knows what they are doing and how to attack you," he said. "We are going to have to play a whole lot better than we did to start the game last week. When you play these guys, it is a very well coached, methodical team that does not beat themselves.

"They play hard and play awfully well and make you earn your yards offensively and defensively they know you have to stop the run, so they know how to throw the football. It is a tough assignment, but again, playing back at home will hopefully inspire our defense to come out and do some better things."

One of the main reasons OSU is so strong is because of its ability to coach.

"They are probably one of the most underrated teams in the country," he said. "I think they are one of the most well coached teams in the country from top to bottom. I think they do a tremendous job of maximizing their players. I think they always play hard and are consistent in their approach."

One big concern that Stoops has is the the mentality of his defense going into every game.

"Our kids know that we are certainly a team that can't go out and not play with an edge to us, especially defensively," Stoops said. "That is what defense is. It is an attitude and a sense of urgency. I just think we lacked that for whatever reason.

I can't put my finger on it. It goes back to practice. I thought we practiced well. I just did not think we practiced with the same sense of urgency as we did for California and USC."

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