Harbaugh Please With First Scrimmage

Aug. 12, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford held its first scrimmage of its fall camp this afternoon on Elliott Field and while head coach Jim Harbaugh gave both sides of the ball positive reviews, he also acknowledged there was still plenty of room for improvement before the Cardinal kickoff the season against Oregon State on August 28th.

'We had a crisp, physical workout,' said Harbaugh. 'This team comes with the right mindset to practice each and every day. We've had very little fluctuation in our practices. I'm very happy with the consistency we are showing. Everyone knows there's plenty of room for improvement on both sides of the ball.'

Quarterbacks Tavita Pritchard, Alex Loukas and Jason Forcier all took turns running the offense. Although he did not name a starter for the Oregon State game, Harbaugh did indicate that Pritchard was on top of the depth chart as of now, followed by Loukas and Forcier.

'There's not a huge difference between the three of them,' said Harbaugh. 'We feel we have three guys who we can win with. We treat all of them as starters.'

'Early on, they were all struggling a bit. Maybe they were pressing a bit. But from the sixth practice on, they have all made great strides.'

Said Pritchard: 'All three of us are competing hard and making plays. We have three guys here who can get the job done. Our team is fully confident in any of us running the offense.'

Running backs Anthony Kimble and Toby Gerhart continue to impress and show no signs of the injuries that plagued them last season. Each back was used early and often in the scrimmage, with Kimble picking up gains of 15 and eight yards on consecutive plays.

Gerhart picked up 10 yards on an inside handoff sand also was on the receiving end of an eight yard touchdown pass from Pritchard.

Blaise Johnson also opened eyes with a pair of touchdown runs to go along with another run that resulted in a 20-yard gain.

Placekicker Aaron Zagory connected on a 27-yard field goal. Bo McNally also had an interception.

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