Stanford Football Team Conducts First 2007 Training Camp Practice
Aug. 6, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The 2007 Stanford Football squad held its first official team practice of the 2007 training camp on a cool Monday evening at the Elliott Football Practice Fields. The helmets only workout on the first day of the NCAA's required acclimatization period lasted for two hours from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, PT.
After spending most of the first half of practice working on a wide array of team and positional drills, the practice picked up steam in the second hour with an intense blitz drill, 7-on-7 action and spirited play by both sides of the ball in a session during which plays being were installed with full 11-on-11 action. The practice wrapped up with special teams drills.
'There was good retention by everybody from what they learned in the spring and did on their own over the summer,' said Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'We are also a much better conditioned team than what you saw in the spring.'
The practice ended a long first full day of training camp that began with conditioning tests and drills at 7 am, PT. The squad also went through a photo shoot in the morning and several team meetings throughout the day.Lights out and bed check are scheduled for 11:00 pm, PT, just one-half hour after the final team meeting of the day concludes. After a quick overnight snooze, the alarm is set to go off on Tuesday morning at 6:30 am, PT, for another full day of activity that will conclude with the second training camp practice on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:10 pm, PT. Tuesday's practice is open to the public and free of charge.
STANFORD PLAYERS ON THE FIRST TRAINING CAMP PRACTICE
'I look at this as a new beginning and a new team trying to get things turned around here ... I'm feeling really good about where this team is headed. There's a new look in people's eyes. It's hard to explain the feeling everyone has. The excitement hasn't just been there today; it's been there for a while now. In past years, people have dreaded camp, but everyone's ready [this year]. It's a new feeling we have on this team.' - Anthony Kimble
'We have a lot more enthusiasm. We are just fired up and ready to practice. It's a new age of Stanford Football, and we're just excited to start that. We're looking forward to starting the season and being very successful this year. For the first day practice went pretty well. I'm happy how things went today.' - Wopamo Osaisai
New Numbers: Joe Dembesky (now #75, was #64), Jerome Jackson (now #30, was #47), Anthony Kimble (now #5, was #26), Bert McBride (now #70, was #74), James McGillicuddy (now #74, was #94), Wopamo Osaisai (now #6, was #31) and Sam Weinberger (now #39, was #57) are sporting new numbers in 2007 from their numbers of a year ago
Changing Sides Of The Ball: Erik Lorig, Marcus Rance and Austin Yancy all started training camp on the defensive side of the ball after being offensive players in 2006. Lorig has moved from tight end to defensive end, while Rance and Yancy have both changed from wide receiver to free safety. Sam Weinberger moved the other direction, starting this year at fullback after spending 2006 as a linebacker.
Band In The Background: The sounds of the Stanford band practicing in the background during the early portions of Monday's practice session added to the environment.