Stanford Opens Fall Camp With Spirited Workout

Aug. 1, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford Cardinal conducted its first of 29 practice sessions leading up to the Oregon State opener on August 28th with a spirited three hour workout that began in the dusk and concluded under the lights on Elliot Field.

Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh was particularly pleased with the physical condition of his team, which has been a major point of emphasis of the second year coach as he attempts to guide the Cardinal to the first bowl appearance since the 2001 season.

'I was very pleased with this first day of practice,' said Harbaugh. 'It's obvious these guys have been working very hard in the off season. They look different physically.'

Harbaugh was also pleased to see running backs Anthony Kimble and Toby Gerhart on the same field for the first time since last September. Neither back showed lingering effects of injuries sidelined them for significant time last season.

Quarterbacks Tavita Pritchard, Jason Forcier and Alex Loukas all made noteworthy plays on the first night of what promises to shape up to be a spirited competition for the starting quarterback position. Loukas connected with sophomore receiver Doug Baldwin on a 35-yard completion in 7-on-7 drills, while Forcier hit junior Richard Sherman in stride over the middle for a 30-yard completion. Pritchard connected with freshman Michael Thomas on a 40-yard strike in full team drills.

Cardinal Clips: Derek Hall and Matt Bentler were moved from defensive tackle to offensive tackle and offensive guard, respectively...Stanford's first practice was witnessed by two notable names from Australian Rules Football--Ian Robson of the Hawthorne Hawks and Deane Pieters of the West Coast Eagles.