Stanford Football Team Continues 2007 Training Camp

Aug. 7, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Football squad continued its preparation for the 2007 season with its second official training camp practice on another cool evening Tuesday night at the Elliott Football Practice Fields. The squad was allowed to work out in helmets only for the second straight day in compliance with the NCAA's required acclimatization period. The three-hour practice began at 6:10 pm, PT, and lasted until just after 9:00 pm, PT.

The format of the practice was similar to Monday's first workout of the season with the Cardinal spending the first hour of practice primarily going through positional drills with one 10-minute team period also included.

Most of the 11-on-11 action occurred during the second half of practice when both the offense and defense had their moments.

The defense sparkled early on with some of the highlights including a Corey Gatewood interception; fumble recoveries by Matthew Masifilo and Tom McAndrew, and several sacks.

The offense started to come on later in the practice with several big plays, including long receptions from Stephen Carr and Sean Wiser, as well as impressive back-to-back runs by Anthony Kimble and Toby Gerhart. A catch and long run by converted tight end Ben Ladner drew an especially enthusiastic response from his offensive teammates.

The practice wrapped up with special teams drills and a quick freshman workout.

'This was another good practice,' said Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'We just need to keep stacking them one on top of the other. The one glaring thing [in the first two days of practice] is how well our summer conditioning program seems to have worked. We are bigger, faster and stronger than we were last spring.'

The practice highlighted another long day that began at 6:30 am, PT, and included weightlifting, an academic orientation for newcomers, three meals and several meetings that were scheduled to end at 10:30 pm, PT.

Lights out and bed check are scheduled for 11:00 pm, PT, with the alarm set again on Wednesday at 6:30 am, PT. The team's next scheduled practice is Wednesday (6:10 - 9:10 pm, PT) at the Elliott Football Practice Fields and is open to the public and free of charge.

On the first two days of training camp
'Camp has been great so far. It's a great team atmosphere and everyone's excited. I've only been through one camp [at Stanford] so far, but in the past day two seemed like it had already been a week. This year, you wake up in the morning and you're ready to go. You're excited to get back out here' - Toby Gerhart

'The first couple of days are going great. I feel like I'm in the best shape I've ever been in. I'm never tired after plays. The team cohesion is better than last year, and I feel very confident going into UCLA.' - Richard Sherman

'I like the intensity on both sides of the ball and, I like how we're picking things up. I like this better than the spring because in the spring we got things in slowly and gradually, but now we can build off that stuff and just start adding on. Getting a feel for and mastering what we're doing and why we're doing it is helping a lot. We're just trying to get everything done so we're ready to go.' - Austin Yancy

On practicing on cool August nights
'It's been awesome. You can't have a better situation to play football. It's a great atmosphere.' - Toby Gerhart

'It's great. Last year, we were practicing all throughout the day and having heat-related problems. We also have a couple of 7 o'clock games and this helps us get acclimated to that environment.' - Richard Sherman

'This is great. I'm getting cold out here, but it's a great change, and I love it. The weather is amazing, and it makes football a lot more fun.'

On football being fun this season
'As the season progressed last year, football became more of a job. Everybody's excited and having a good time this year. The team's together, the coaching staff and the camaraderie is great. Everybody's excited and wants to get on the field.' - Toby Gerhart

• VIP Visitors: Former Stanford and San Francisco 49ers quarterback John Brodie took in the early portion of the team's practice along with current San Jose SaberCats head coach Darren Arbet.

• TV Crew: A television crew from FOX Sports Net spent much of the first half-hour of practice taping footage for an upcoming preview of the Stanford Football team. The crew had spent most of the day on campus interviewing Harbaugh, Sherman and the Jaquish and Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby.

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