Stanford Completes Final Practice Prior to Sun Bowl

Dec. 30, 2009

Final Practice Highlight Video
Final Press Conference Prior to Game
Photo Gallery from Stanford's Week in El Paso (Brian Kanof and Alex Oppenheimer, photographers)
Photo Galleries the El Paso Times (Mark Lambrie): Arriving in El Paso | Touring the Town

EL PASO, Texas-- After a week full of activities leading up to the 76th Brut Sun Bowl between Stanford and Oklahoma, there’s only one item left on the schedule of events—the game. Stanford held its final practice today in preparation of tomorrow’s clash with the Sooners with an hour and a half workout, as players and coaches got their first glimpse of the 51,000-seat Sun Bowl Stadium.

Stanford started the day with regularly scheduled position meetings before taking part in the Sun Bowl Luncheon held at the El Paso Convention Center. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh also addressed the media for one last time prior to the luncheon.

“We’re ready to go,” said Harbaugh. “There’s only one thing left to do and that’s play the game. We are looking forward to this challenge.”

The wintery weather that dropped five inches of snow on the ground in the El Paso area on Tuesday gave way to clear skies and blustery conditions today. Strong, swirling winds in the Sun Bowl today during practice seemed to change direction by the minute.

Frank Calabro, who heads up the Tunnel Workers Union 88 in Boston, Mass., addressed the team at the conclusion of practice. Stanford’s offensive line dubbed themselves the Tunnel Workers Union earlier this season, a hard-working, blue-collar group that opens holes for the Cardinal running game.

The 76th Sun Bowl between Stanford and Oklahoma will kickoff at 11:11 a.m. PT and will be televised on CBS with Craig Bolerjack, Steve Beurlein and Sam Ryan calling the action. CBS will have a camera in Stanford’s locker room prior to the game to capture Coach Harbaugh’s final words to his team prior to taking the field.

Cardinal Clips

Former Stanford All-America wide receiver Troy Walters has been on the sidelines at practice this week…Willie Taggart, who served as Stanford’s running backs coach prior to taking the team coaching position at Western Kentucky, also was at practice today…Coach Harbaugh spent 45 minutes at breakfast this morning meeting with Eddie Maetz for an upcoming feature in ESPN the Magazine…approximately 300 people were in attendance at a Stanford reception as part of the festivities at the Sun Bowl Fan Fest…Jim Rudder ’85 served as master of ceremonies, with Jim Plunkett, Troy Walkers and Jack Harbaugh, father of Jim, making appearances on stage.

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