Arizona Wildcats open spring practice

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona coach Mike Stoops didn't have an offensive play-caller as the Wildcats began spring practice Friday.

"That's probably a little bit unorthodox," said Stoops, who promoted two assistants to co-offensive coordinators after Sonny Dykes left in January to become the head coach at Louisiana Tech. "But I think our players are as confident as they have ever been in our staff, that is for sure. I think they have a great feeling of continuity. I think that is the biggest thing. There is not a lack of trust there."

Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and running backs-tight ends coach Seth Littrell will be co-coordinators. Frank Scelfo, most recently the offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech, is the new quarterbacks coach and has extensive play-calling experience.

"We haven't really worked through all that yet," Stoops said of the play-calling duties. "A lot will be determined as we move through spring."

Bedenbaugh and Littrell coached together under Mike Leach at Texas Tech and have experience in the spread scheme that Dykes imported from the Red Raiders for the 2007 season.

"Seth and I have work together and been friends," Bedenbaugh said. "Everything up to this point has been great and will continue to be great. We have been in this offense and know what we want to do. We think alike. We want to run the same things."

Stoops identified offensive experience as the team's early strength. The Wildcats return 10 offensive starters, including quarterback Nick Foles. The Wildcats bring back four defensive starters.

Arizona was 8-5 last season, tying for second in the Pac-10 with a 6-3 record and playing in the Holiday Bowl, where a 33-0 loss to Nebraska left a bitter taste.

"We lost a lot of respect in that game," Stoops said. "It can happen that quickly. I think our players are excited to regain their stature."

Arizona is scheduled to hold its spring game April 10.

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