Mike Stoops didn't know what he was really getting himself into when he signed on as Arizona's coach in 2004.
He didn't know just how bare the cupboards were. He didn't know it was going to take him five years, FIVE, to turn around the Wildcats.
Well, Stoops has more than turned around the Arizona Wildcat football program. For the first this decade, they control their own fate.
They still have a chance to get to their first Rose Bowl in program history (knock on wood). They are poised to finish in the top four of the Pac-10 for the first time since 1998.
With almost six seasons with the team Stoops has been able to leave a mark on the team.
Let's take a look at the top ten defensive players of The Stoops Era.