Stoops excited about season

Mike Stoops seemed excited about the upcoming season as he spoke at Pac-10 Media Day.

Mike Stoops had an opportunity to speak at Pac-10 Media Day and seems excited about the prospects of the team.

"We are excited to get the season started," he said. "It has been a great couple of days.

"It has been a great experience for Nick [Foles] and for the other players. There are so many great players in this Conference. These guys were humbled by having the ability to represent an entire conference."

While Stoops enjoyed his time off the field, the on-field fun starts next week.

"We begin next Thursday on the football field," he said. "I think we have an excellent football team. I think we have had a great offseason."

One of the positions that Stoops feels will be the strongest is quarterback.

"Looking at our strengths, looking at the quarterback position is a great place to start with the strength of this team," he said. "Last year that was a little bit of a question mark for this team and a lot of people questioned our ability in picking us preseason eighth, but we finished tied for second and went to the Holiday Bowl."

Unfortunately, the bowl ended badly and Stoops feels it will act as motivation this season.

"This is a team that I thought really achieved some good things last season and I think the loss in the Holiday Bowl really humbled us and fueled us in the offseason," he said.

"We realized how quickly things can disintegrate if we don't do things right. I think we are eager to get back out on the field and correct some of those things." In order to do so, the team will have to respond defensively.

"Defensively will be our challenge, replacing three really quality linebackers," Stoops said. "I feel like we have talent there now the key is to make them productive players in this league. That will be the key for us."

With that being said, Stoops feel strongly it really will not be that big of an issue.

"I feel very strong in our position and I know we will be able to compete in this league at the highest level. We have done it before and we are looking forward to getting out there and doing it again."

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