Stoops on All-Pac-10 voting: ‘somewhat dismissive of our players’by Anthony Gimino on Dec. 11, 2009, under Sports
Arizona coach Mike Stoops was “disappointed” that none of his players were selected first-team all-conference earlier this week in a vote of the league coaches.
“I wasn’t pleased with a lot of the selections,” he said Friday in his first public comments on the team, released Monday.
“I thought it was somewhat dismissive of some of our players, but there are a lot of great players in the league. I thought our kids deserved, statistically, better than what they got.”
Defensive end Ricky Elmore (honorable mention) leads the league in ssacks with 10.5. Cornerback Trevin Wade (second-team) is second in the conference in passes defended — five interceptions, nine passes broken up. Neither player, though, had any preseason buzz, so has no reputation to fall back on.
“I don’t know,” said Stoops, whose team tied for second in the league and will play in the Holiday Bowl against Nebraska.
“It was disappointing. But I have only one vote. … I don’t see everybody’s vote. I voted for a lot of our players for first team who I thought were desevring. It just didn’t happen. Oregon had only one player first team. It says something that maybe other teams have more guys, but they didn’t win nearly as many games.”
Indeed. The league champ Ducks were represented by only tight end Ed Dickson on the first-team all-conference squad.
There isn’t a direct one-to-one relationship between team success and individual success. This is a team game. Oregon and Arizona should be proud of its depth and cohesiveness, with a strong and varied cast of players who can be a star in any given game.
While some Arizona players might be disappointed not to reach personal goals, the all-conference voting can certainly be motivation — as was a prediction of an eighth-place finish in the Pac-10 in a preseason vote of league media.
“We’ve been a good team,” Stoops said. “We’ve had some standout performances. You gotta have guys that can when the situation is called for can make plays, and we certainly have that.”