2001 Football Daily Update

Aug. 31, 2001

One of Stanford's newest coaching additions --- offensive line coach John McDonell (centersand guards) --- talks about a group that is considered among the best pass protectors in thenation.

On the offensive line's performance during training camp:
'We have had a solid training camp and have done some good things. Obviously we've donethings that we need to improve on, but for the most part it has been a solid, solid double daycamp.'

On the advantage of the offensive line's experience:
'They are a real veteran group and they understand and see things just through their gameand practice experience. That makes it easier for them to continue to move, grow and addnew things. When they might make a mistake, it is easier for them to correct themselves andsee those things because they have been in that situation before.'

On Eric Heitmann:
'Eric is first of all an outstanding practice player. He really pushes himself to get better andworks hard in practice. He wants to improve and everyday he does a good job of pushinghimself. He's got great feet, great explosion and outstanding athletic ability for an offensivelineman. He's a great football player.'

On Zack Quaccia and Greg Schindler:
' Zack Quaccia and Greg Schindler are having great double days. Zack is a terrific centerwho really understands the game and is a great leader out there. He is also really playingwell. Greg is one of our strongest players and is having a very, very good camp.'

On the younger players up front:
'I think there is always a work in progress with those guys. Kwame Harris and KirkChambers, although they are just sophomores, I really don't consider them young players.They have played a lot of game experience, so I think they have done a good job. We needto continue to grow with Dustin Stimson, Edmond O'Neal, Mike Sullivan, all those guys justneed to continue to work to get better.'



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