ATLANTA--Arizona defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, whose charges held Stanford to a UA Pac-10 opponent record-low 52 net offensive yards, was named defensive coordinator of the week by the Master Football Coaches Survey.
The MCS panel of former coaches weekly selects national players on offense, defense and special teams, plus coordinators from both sides of the ball, as its Game Ball recipients.
The Wildcats' improving defense, which this week rates 28th nationally against the run, held Stanford to -6 rushing yards and the 52 total yards in the Cats 20-7 victory Saturday, and kept the Cardinal from moving the ball beyond their own 43 yard-line. Stanford scored its only points on an interception return. UA's smothering defense and the Cats' offensive proficiency made the final time of possession margin roughly 39 minutes for UA to 21 by Stanford. SU had five 3-and-out possessions, was forced into a quick kick on a third down, had a four-play drive for 11 yards and a five play drive for -1 yards, thanks in part to UA's best sacks total (6) in its past 53 games. It was the fewest offensive yards by a Stanford team in its history.
Stoops, 39, has been UA's coordinator for two-plus years and joined brother Mike's staff at Arizona after three years coaching the secondary for Miami. A 1989 graduate of Iowa, he has been in coaching for 16 years.
"It's nice to be recognized, but it took an effort by a lot of our coaches to get a plan, and then our players had to go out and do it," Stoops said. "Our whole team rallied last week to help us win."
The MCS panel includes 17 noted coaches who are College Football Hall of Fame members -- or likely soon to be. They are John Cooper, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Pat Dye, Lavell Edwards, Hayden Fry, Don James, Frank Kush, Dick Macpherson, Bill Mallory, Don Nehlen, John Ralston, John Robinson, Bo Schembechler, R.C. Slocum, Gene Stallings and George Welsh.
Other MCS Game Ball winners this week were kicker Sam Swank of Wake Forest, quarterback Kellen Lewis of Indiana, defensive tackle Ramel Meekins of Rutgers and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst of Wisconsin.