Cardinal Commitment Kicks Off With Alex Smith Chat This Thursday, August 19

Aug. 18, 2004

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    Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal Commitment returns to gostanford.com this Thursday and kicks off with a chat by Stanford football player Alex Smith at 11:30 am, PT. Smith's chat will be the first component in a season-long series of in-depth, detailed and exclusive information about the 2004 Stanford Football team. Cardinal Commitment, which made its debut on gostanford.com during the 2004 spring practice season, is revved up and ready to go again this fall.

    The features of the site this fall will include player chats, player reports, assistant coaching reports, a behind the scenes look at the Stanford Athletic department, press conferences, press releases, promotion and ticket information, and of course, Gameday Central for each and every Stanford Football game.

    On Thursday, fans will get will have the opportunity to chat with one of the top tight ends in the Pac-10 Conference and a 2004 honors candidate in Smith. The fifth-year senior has 55 career receptions for 585 and five touchdowns, and an opportunity to break Stanford's career record for receptions by a tight end this season. He has started 21 consecutive games over the last two seasons.

    Smith, the son of former Denver Bronco player Edwin Smith (1973-76), started all 11 games for the Cardinal in 2003 and was the team's third-leading receiver (24 receptions, 185 yards), adding three touchdown receptions to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 and honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 recognition.

    In 2002, Smith made his debut as a starter for the Cardinal in the second game of the season and never relinquished the job, starting all 21 games since heading into the 2004 campaign. Smith made the team's final 10 starts of the 2002 season, catching 30 passes for 380 yards with two touchdown receptions to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. He had the best game of his career in Stanford's 16-6 win over Arizona when he caught eight balls for 120 yards and a touchdown.

    Stanford will begin its 2004 football season by hosting San Jose State on Saturday, September 4 (7:00 pm, PT). The game will be televised live by KRON (Channel 4) and can also be heard on KNEW 910-AM.

    The Cardinal is currently preparing for the season-opener with preseason workouts taking place on the Football Practice Field adjacent to the Avery Aquatic Center. The workouts, which are scheduled for every day prior to the San Jose State game except August 22 and 28, are free of charge and open to the public unless otherwise specified. The Cardinal normally hits the field at approximately 3:50 pm, and also has two-a-day workouts scheduled on August 20 and ????.

    The Economics major and native of Denver, Colorado, will take a break from his busy practice schedule to enter the chat room on Thursday at 11:30 am, PT. If you would like to ask your questions ahead of time feel free to post them now, and we will save them for his arrival.

    Below is a more detailed listing of some of the exciting content planned for Cardinal Commitment this fall.

    CARDINAL COMMITMENT

    BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE ATHLETIC DEPARMENT - MONDAY
    Go behind the scenes and learn how the Athletic Department staff prepares for the 2004 football season. Each week, a member of the staff will discus his/her role with the football program.

    EVENTS/PROMOTIONS/TICKETS - MONDAY
    A weekly update of the current week's schedule of events and gameday promotions.

    WEEKLY PRESS RELEASE - MONDAY
    Check out detailed information and notes about the 2004 Stanford football team with a look at the team's weekly press release.

    BUDDY TEEVENS' PRESS CONFERENCES - TUESDAY
    Get the same information as the media covering the Cardinal by following the comments of head coach Buddy Teevens from his weekly press conferences each Tuesday beginning August 31.

    PLAYER REPORT - WEDNESDAY
    Get the latest perspective on the team straight from the source with a weekly report from a Stanford player each Wednesday.

    PLAYER CHATS - THURSDAY
    Here's your chance to ask questions of Stanford players with online chats every Thursday. Send in your questions ahead of time or wait until the chat begins and then read the player responses right here.

    IN THE HUDDLE WITH CARDINAL ASSISTANT COACHES - THURSDAY
    Take an in depth look at different areas of the team from the perspective of Stanford's coaching staff as the team's assistants will discuss the progress and status of the club in their area of expertise.

    GAMEDAY CENTRAL - SATURDAY
    Make Gameday Central your only internet destination on football gamedays. During each game of the 2004 season, check here for live audio, complete stats, pre-game and post-game notes, post-game player, coach quotes and much more.

    The Cardinal 2004 Stanford football team began its official preseason practice schedule with a two-hour session Wednesday on The Farm. The practice was the first in a series of preseason workouts that will continue until the Cardinal opens its 2004 campaign versus San Jose State at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, September 4 (7:00 pm, PT).

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