Late Night Workout Ends Long Day For Stanford Football Team

Aug. 9, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Football squad practiced for the fourth straight night at the Elliott Football Practice Fields on Thursday to conclude a long day for the team. The Cardinal wore shoulder pads for the second straight practice in preparation for putting on full pads Friday for the first time during the 2007 training camp. The late practice started at 7:00 pm, PT, and ended at approximately 9:45 pm, PT, when the final whistle of the evening blew.

Stanford put a new wrinkle into Thursday's workout, practicing the two-minute drill for the first time in training camp. An Austin Yancy interception that thwarted an offensive possession highlighted the defense's play during the period. The offense scored on one of its three drives when Derek Belch connected on a short field goal after a long pass completion from T.C. Ostrander to Richard Sherman set up the kick.The other highlight of the evening came during a team 11-on-11 session late in practice when Tavita Pritchard hit Doug Baldwin on a long touchdown strike.

The remainder of the workout was similar to the team's first three practices of training camp with a bit more emphasis on special teams play Thursday as the Cardinal conducted a pair of 20-minute sessions with one focused on punting and the other on returning punts, in addition to its normal special teams field goal/extra point work. The squad also incorporated one session during the middle of practice specifically geared towards the club's younger players getting some extra action.

The practice wrapped up an extremely busy day for the Stanford Football program that began with a wake-up call at 6:30 am, PT, and the squad in its first meeting by 7:30 am, PT. The middle of the day was spent at a private memorial service for the late Bill Walsh held on the Stanford campus. The team made its way over to the event at Memorial Church by 9:45 am, PT, to greet guests on their way into the service. After attending the one and a half hour event that ended at 12:30 pm, PT, the team lined up along the exiting walkway to thank guests for their attendance.

A quick lunch preceded a long series of afternoon meetings that was followed by the annual Stanford Football Kickoff Dinner at Stanford Stadium. Harbaugh answered a series of questions from new football play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming at the function, before players Tim Mattran, Clinton Snyder and Udeme Udofia followed at the microphone. The players left the dinner about 6:15 pm, PT, to prepare for practice. A large group of dinner attendees followed shortly after to take in the early portions of the workout.

'It was a good practice,' said Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'I was really pleased with the team. We were very privileged to be at the Bill Walsh Memorial. That was a deeply moving thing for our entire team, and then we did the kickoff dinner in the stadium. I was pleased with the way the team once they crossed the white lines to come out to practice focused in. I think that bodes well for us.'

Lights out and bed check are scheduled for 11:00 pm, PT, with Friday's wake-up call once again set for 6:30 am, PT. The team's first practice in full pads is scheduled for Friday. The workout will also be the squad's first afternoon practice of camp (2:40 pm, PT). Friday's workout at the Elliott Football Practice Fields is open to the public and free of charge.

On Attending Thursday's Private Memorial At Stanford For The Late Bill Walsh
'Speaking on behalf of the rest of the receivers about what Coach Walsh meant to us -- just the fact that he was here the last two years or so and chose to be here even though he obviously didn't have to be here. Obviously even though his health was not great, he took the time to show us how much he cared about us. I don't think we really realized it at the time what that actually meant. We learned today [at the memorial] that this guy's influence transcends everything and every sphere of life, and he took the time to be here personally and even phone us about certain issues. I just feel honored to even be connected to him in a way.' -- Evan Moore

On His Enthusiastic Performance On The Microphone When Interviewed At The Stanford Football Kickoff Dinner
'I feel like I'm a friendly guy, and I like conversations with radio personalities. That was fun. I eat it up. I'm the first one to admit that I'm a huge ham when put in a social setting like that. I'm just glad I had the opportunity to do that this year. It was really fun just having everybody out there - all the supporters and all the people that make Buck Cardinal Club happen for Stanford student-athletes. It was great being around them and getting to know those people by letting them see a side of us that they can't see just by sitting in the stands and watching the games.' -- Tim Mattran

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