Mike Stoops reacts to 14 stops and 5 takeaways

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The Arizona Daily Star reports the Arizona defense stopped the offense on 14 of its 15 possessions and forced five turnovers during Saturday morning's scrimmage.

Following the scrimmage, Mike Stoops said, “Defensively, I think we have a chance to be better at all 9 positions. Obviously, losing 2 All-PAC 10 defensive ends gets a little hard to replace, but I like what are defensive ends are doing.”

“When it’s all said and done, I think defensively we’ll be stronger than we’ve ever been.”

In the off-season, Mike Stoops hired Joe Salave'a as defensive line coach. Salave'a replaced Mike Tuiasosopo, who joined the Colorado staff. Defensive grad assistant Ryan Walters was elevated to defensive backs coach. Walters replaces Greg Brown, who also left for Colorado.

Arizona opens with Northern Arizona. A week later, the Wildcats travel to Stillwater for a rematch of last season’s Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State.