Well-Known Visitors Watch Stanford Practice Tuesday
Aug. 14, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Football team had some well-known visitors at practice on Tuesday as television station KPIX Channel 5, former Stanford men's basketball head coach Mike Montgomery, former Stanford football player Timi Wusu, and Stanford professors Bill Dement and Craig Heller were among those to take in the team's three-hour workout at the Elliott Football Practice Fields.
KPIX Channel 5 was on hand to get some footage of practice before interviewing freshman safety Kellen Kiilsgaard and head coach Jim Harbaugh after practice for a piece that will air on the station Wednesday, August 15, at approximately 6:50 pm, PT. Kiilsgaard and Harbaugh were not the only subjects of post-practice media attention as a total of 12 players spoke to reporters shortly the workout.
Heller is credited with inventing the RTX (rapid thermal exchange) cooling device being used by the Stanford Football team that is designed to cool an overheated body at a rapid pace and restore energy simply by placing one's hand on the device. Heller also had a colleague at practice running an infrared camera that could detect body heat levels of players during practice.
Wusu, a First Team All-Pac-10 player on special teams for Stanford in 2005, delivered a post-practice message to the team.
The three hours of practice were once again filled with high energy on both sides of the ball as the team incorporated a large amount of full 11-on-11 work into the practice. Several long passes highlighted the action, including a 57-yard TD hookup from Alex Loukas to impressive freshman wide receiver Sean Wiser and a 20-yard scoring strike from T.C. Ostrander to Mark Bradford. Tavita Pritchard also got into the end zone on an 11-yard scramble late in the workout.
Stanford will be back on the practice field early Wednesday for the first of two workouts in a two-a-day session that will mark Stanford's third double day in the last past five days. The first practice is scheduled to get underway at 8:10 am, PT. The team is slated to return to the practice field at 6:50 pm, PT. Both of Wednesday's workouts are open to the public and free of charge.
On Training Camp
'It's going well. There's a lot more excitement and enthusiasm on the team. We've been down the last couple of years, and it's really been kind of a grind, but [this year] we're really ready to play.'
On The Team's Defense
'We're attacking a lot more. We're up the field, getting into gaps and penetrating. We like it as defensive linemen. We're not just standing on the line knocking guys around. We're actually going to make some plays.'
On His Move From Quarterback To Safety
'It's been challenging at times, but also at times I'm starting to take steps forward. It's just little things. There are lots of techniques that I need to get down to be more productive out there on the field. At this point, that's just the biggest thing for me. I've gotten a hold of the plays. Really what it is right now is just the footwork and the technicalities of playing safety in the Pac-10. I need to make sure that I'm making good breaks on balls. I need to make sure that my feet are always in the right spot.'
On The Team's Aggressive Defense
'The huge emphasis especially in the defensive backfield is that we're flying hard to the ball and we're taking shots. That's the mentality back there. We're going to find the ball, we're going to get there and the safeties are going to be around the ball. It [this type of defense] is uncommon, especially in high school. You don't really see safeties as big run stoppers. It's definitely a mentality that you have to really get pounded into your head to make sure that you're aggressive on defense. I don't think any safety could possibly complain about that kind of defense. It's a lot of fun out there. All of us are starting to do a really good job of coming in and making really good fits on the ball.'
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