Stanford Concludes First Weekend of Training Camp
Aug. 3, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - The 2008 Stanford Cardinal wrapped up its initial weekend of training camp by donning shells for the first time and going through a competitive, fast-paced three-hour practice at Elliot Field.
'There was good competition out there today,' head coach Jim Harbaugh said. 'The practice had a good temp, and I still feel like we are ahead of the curve.'
In addition to several individual unit drills, Sunday's practice also included a quartet of full team drills. All three potential starting quarterbacks (Tavita Pritchard, Jason Forcier and Alex Loukas) saw extensive action in 11-on-11 drills and played efficient, turnover-free football.
'All three quarterbacks are making good plays,' Harbaugh said of his signal-callers. 'My post-practice message was to work towards being consistently good.'
Offensive highlights in the team drills included a pair of long pass plays from Forcier, first connecting with freshman receiver Chris Owusu on a 30-yard strike and later to junior wideout Marcus Rance for 40 yards. Pritchard broke off a pair of lengthy scrambles in the team sessions, while he hooked up with Nate Wilcox-Fogel on a 35-yard pass during 7-on-7 drills. Loukas also connected on several of his throws during the four separate team drills.
The Cardinal offense also saw running backs Anthony Kimble and Toby Gerhart break free for big gains during team drills, while freshman wide receiver Michael Thomas made a pair of notable catches over the middle.
The most spectacular play of the day, however, belonged to tight end Konrad Reuland. Reuland, a transfer from Notre Dame, made an acrobatic, one-handed catch of a high pass during team drills and rumbled through the secondary for a 22-yard gain. The play drew roars from the entire offensive unit and applause from the fans on the 'rail.'
Stanford's defense continued to be an energetic unit, including a sensational pass deflection by Ronnie Lott Trophy candidate Bo McNally on a deep ball.
Cardinal Clips: Three former Stanford players saw action tonight in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, which annually serves as the opening contest of the NFL preseason...Safety T.J. Rushing set up a score for the Indianapolis Colts with a 29-yard punt return, while defensive lineman Babatunde Oshinowo and defensive back Leigh Torrence each played for the Washington Redskins...A trio of Stanford quarterback greats - Joe Borchard, Todd Husak and Chad Hutchinson - watched the Cardinal practice over the weekend...Borchard, who once threw five touchdown passes in a game vs. UCLA, is currently in his eighth season of professional baseball and is in town rehabbing following 'Tommy John' surgery...Husak is the fifth-leading passer in Stanford history and was recently named as the new color analyst for Cardinal football on KTRB AM 860 radio...Hutchinson threw for over 4,000 yards in just two seasons on The Farm before going on to both pitch in a Major League game and play quarterback in an NFL contest...Prior to Sunday's practice, Stanford held an alumni conditioning challenge, which was won by Hutchinson...Three Stanford fifth-year seniors have been placed on scholarship: senior linebacker Thaddeus Chase, senior wide receiver Nate Wilcox-Fogel and senior kicker Aaron Zagory.
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