Stanford Spring Football Practice Press Conference Quotes
April 2, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford head football coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the media at the 2007 spring football press conference two days prior to the start of the program's annual spring workouts, which will run from April 4-28 this year. The first in a series of spring workouts will be held at the Elliot Practice Fields this Wednesday, April 4 (4:00 pm, PT). The series of 15 practice sessions will culminate with the Cardinal-White Spring Football game at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, April 28 (4:00 pm, PT). Below are selected quotes from Harbaugh at Monday's press conferences.
'We've been through 10 weeks of conditioning and strength training, and now we take it to the grass. We go to the football field to determine guys' roles, to determine the starters, the contributors and the leaders; and to find out who our best players are, the players that are going to win games for us, and also find out the players that can get you beat. We don't want them on the field. It's an intense time to evaluate equally with a new football staff and a new team. You talk about a great time to make a first impression. You never get a second chance to make a great first impression. You look for guys to be the workers and the competitors that you want to see, and that impression will last a very long time. Conversely, if you see a guy who's not the worker you want him to be and not a tremendous competitor, that impression will last a very long time as well.
You can imagine how exciting this is for everybody that's involved. We don't want to wait until the UCLA game to bring excitement to Stanford Football. We want to create that excitement now. We want to get the students, our alumni, our fans excited about using their ticket to Stanford Football games. Our practices will be open. We want kids running around at practice. We're going to throw balls to them after practice, let them go out on the football field after practice. I think we'll win on a lot of levels there. We want to get those kids into the locker room, getting autographs and meeting our players, and developing a love for Stanford Football with our youth in Palo Alto. There'll be a lot of things going on. There's a big alumni game coming at the end of spring drills that will pit the coaching staff of Stanford Football and area venture capitalists against former Stanford Football players. That will be something exciting coming down the road as well ... flag football, just like at the Pro Bowl (laughter).
But, mainly the concentration will be the 15 practices, scrimmage, and implementing our systems offensively, defensively and special teams. I think you'll see big energy from our football team. That's what we're looking for - enthusiasm, energy, guys that run and guys that hit. Hopefully you'll leave those practice sessions saying `that's the flyingest-around Stanford team in quite some time'. That will be the goal for spring practice - identifying guys' roles, creating the attitude on our football team that will win football games, a commitment to prepare, to show our team how we practice and how we prepare for practice and games, and getting our football team into a position where they can execute under pressure. That's how you win football games.'
'I love the attitude of our team. There's been a vision here since the very beginning. The nuts and bolts of the plan have been coming together the last 10 weeks. It's been implemented in the weight room and now it goes to the grass. We're putting on the cleats, the great Stanford headgear and the Stanford uniform, and we go out and we practice football. We take it to the gridiron. I love the attitude on our football team right now.'
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