Tuesday's Stanford Football Press Conference Coverage

Oct. 17, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford football head coach Walt Harris, along with players Trent Edwards and T.C. Ostrander addressed the media Tuesday at the weekly Stanford Football Press Conference held on the Stanford campus. Edwards will miss the final five games of his Stanford career due to a broken bone in his right foot the school announced today. Edwards suffered the injury on Stanford's first offensive series in a game against Arizona last Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

Stanford (0-7, 0-4 Pac-10) travels to Arizona State (3-3, 0-3 Pac-10) for a Pac-10 contest this Saturday, October 21 (12:30 pm, MT/PT). The game will not be televised but Stanford's audio account of the contest featuring Ted Robinson and Bob Murphy can be heard live on KNBR 1050 AM and from a Yahoo Sports! link at gostanford.com.

Here's some of what coach Harris and the players had to say to the media on Tuesday.

HEAD COACH WALT HARRIS
Opening Comments
'First of all last week's ballgame was the most unique one I can remember, and I'm working on not trying remembering much of it. As a coach you get 12 hours to think about the last game, and then you have to put it behind you and move on. It was a really difficult day for our offense; we had a couple new guys in there that hadn't been starting and it made a difference, but we weren't sharp as we needed to be on offense. Defensively, we started a little slow and they got ahead of us, and then we settled down a little bit but we need to start sooner.

On last Saturday's Arizona game
'There were some good things -- our punter punted the ball the best he has, I thought we covered the punts the best we have, Wopamo [Osaisai] did a great job covering kicks. Obviously, his interception return for a touchdown was beautiful. It was a tremendous effort by a lot of guys. It was a tipped ball and that shows his hands are getting better. He also made a great run and did a great job of accelerating into the open area. But, it was not a happy day for us by any stretch of the imagination.'

On Trent Edwards' broken foot
'Unfortunately, we should announce that we have lost our quarterback for the remainder of the season. Trent Edwards will not be able to play; he has a broken bone in his foot, hopefully that's all he's got. It is a very devastating thing to happen to him. Obviously it hurts out team, but mostly for this young man who has fought and scratched and maintained tremendous class through a very difficult four of his five years here. As I talked to him on Sunday, one thing he is trying not to do is trying not to ask is `Why?'. He is trying to just deal with what he has to deal with. All of our emotion goes out to him, but it's like any of our injuries [this season] -- Nick Frank, Mark Bradford, Tim Mattran -- that get knocked out for the entire season. It's just devastating for the young man and obviously it hurts our football team.'

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