Stanford Practices In Full Pads For First Time In 2007 Training Camp

Aug. 10, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Football squad picked up the pace Friday when the club practiced in full pads for the first time on the fifth day of 2007 training camp at the Elliott Football Practice Fields. The competitive and intense practice that was filled with electricity also marked the first afternoon workout for the Cardinal after the team had practiced each of the four previous evenings.

Stanford will pick up the intensity of camp further on Saturday when the Cardinal holds its first two-a-day session of training camp on Saturday. The first workout will get underway at 8:10 am, PT. The team will return to the practice field at 6:40 pm, PT.

After a half-hour of normal warm-up drills and stretching, Stanford launched into the Oklahoma Drill that set the tone for the rest of the workout. The Oklahoma Drill creates an intense one-on-one competitive situation that pits position groups against each other.

The team ran the two-minute drill for the second straight day with a touchdown pass from T.C. Ostrander to Evan Moore highlighting the action when the first team offense and defense squared off. The second team offense was led by the play of quarterback Tavita Pritchard, who took most of the snaps with the second team one day after Alex Loukas had spent most of the practice as Ostrander's top backup as the battle for the position intensified. Derek Belch converted on a 39-yard field goal to cap a Cardinal drive with Pritchard at the helm.

The remainder of the practice outside of the 11-on-11 full team sessions included positional work, a series of 1-on-1 drills, a 7-on-7 period, an extra point/field goal stanza and special teams work that wrapped up practice to get the Cardinal off the field before the lights came on for the first time during training camp.

The day's other activities included weightlifting, positional and full team meetings, as well as the daily three meals.

Lights out and bed check are scheduled for 10:30 pm, PT, one-half hour earlier than the typical time of 11:00 pm, PT, in preparation for Saturday's early-morning practice. Both of Saturday's workouts are open to the public and free of charge.

Pannel Egboh
On The First Day Of Training Camp With Full Pads
'The first day of full pads was definitely fun. It was definitely a very intense day, and we definitely got better today. I felt the enthusiasm on the team and felt that we're going towards the right path. We're really getting ready for UCLA.'

On The Intensity Of The Oklahoma Drill Conducted During Practice
'Oklahoma Drill really sets the tone for the rest of the day. The defensive line and the O-line definitely get after it. Coach Harbaugh starts the day with that just to get us in the right mindset that we're out there to compete. We're out there to have fun but compete and get after it.'

Allen Smith
On The First Training Camp Practice With Full Pads
'The intensity was very high. You could definitely tell that the guys were looking forward to hitting for a long time. A lot of blood pressure was up, there were a lot of fights out there, but at the same time we're always challenging each other to get better. The intensity was definitely through the roof. It was definitely what we wanted out of the first day of full pads practice. We got lots of hitting in and got guys getting used to it again. Everything's going forward and getting ready for UCLA.'

On The Intensity Of The Oklahoma Drill Conducted During Practice
'The Oklahoma Drill is to get you ready from the get-go of practice and to get you in the mindset that we're coming after each other to make sure that we're going to get each other better. There's no hiding in that drill. It's just one-on-one, man-on-man trying to drive each other off the ball. It's high-contact; it's high-velocity, and that's the way we like it.'

Former Stanford Players Play In NFL Preseason Games:
Several former Stanford players have taken part in their first 2007 NFL preseason action. On Thursday, Troy Walters (8 receptions, 77 yards) and Stanley Wilson (2 tackles) played for Detroit in a 27-26 home win over Cincinnati, while T.J. Rushing returned a pair of kicks for 28 yards and made one tackle in Indianapolis' 23-10 loss to Dallas. Trent Edwards (10-of-11 passing, 49 yards), Coy Wire (5 tackles) and Trevor Hooper (1 tackle) contributed to Buffalo's 13-10 victory at New Orleans. Julian Jenkins (2 tackles) played in Tampa Bay's 13-10 home victory over New England, while Jon Alston (3 tackles) and Chris Draft (2 tackles) helped St. Louis win, 13-10, at Minnesota.

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