Aug. 21, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford conducted its first scrimmage of fall training camp on Sunday at the Steuber Rugby Stadium and the Cardinal gave first year head coach David Shaw the best of both worlds during the 60-play affair - crisp, efficient play coupled with just enough teachable moments to keep the team honest during upcoming film sessions.
"I thought we played very fast as a team," said Shaw. "We played hard and through the whistle, sometimes a little too much, but we played our style of football which was good to see."
While quarterback Andrew Luck completed 12 of 16 passes for 115 yards, redshirt freshman Brett Nottingham looked sharp running the second team offense. He completed 6 of 8 passes for 49 yards, including a 20 yarder to Ricky Seale.
Sophomore Josh Nunes, who is also in competition for the backup quarterback spot, was held out of today's scrimmage with soreness in his foot.
While Shaw was very pleased with the play of all of his quarterbacks, including freshman Evan Crower and Kevin Hogan, he stopped short of indicating who had emerged as the favorite among the triad of Nunes, Nottingham and Picazo, who are jockeying for position behind Stanford's Heisman Trophy candidate.
"I'm not ready to say who is second at this point," said Shaw. "Brett's number of reps today is indicative to his rise over the last two weeks of practice. Robbie played his butt off today, as well. Nunes will see a lot of reps this week and then we will make a decision before San Jose State."
On the first drive of the scrimmage, Luck methodically marched the first team offense down the field for a touchdown, as Ryan Hewitt caught an eight-yard touchdown pass to culminate the drive.
Luck completed passes to nine different receivers during the scrimmage, including three hauled in by tight end Zach Ertz.
"Andrew is the same everyday - very consistent," said Shaw. He manages the game very well. What I love about him is he gets into a situation like today and doesn't think he needs to throw the ball on every down. He doesn't care about statistics or run-pass ratio. He just wants to manage the game and make good decisions."
Stanford needs to fill three starting positions on its offensive line and one of the most hotly contested battles is being waged at right tackle, where redshirt freshman Cameron Fleming took the majority of reps with the first team offense today.
"It was his turn today," said Shaw. "We've been using a three-man rotation and Cameron's turn just happened to fall on today. Tyler Mabry will see plenty of reps on Tuesday."
Shaw was also impressed by the play of some of Stanford's freshmen who expect to make contributions this season, including wide receiver Ty Montgomery, linebacker James Vaughters and defensive back Wayne Lyons.
"I thought Ty Montgomery was outstanding today, as was Vaughters," said Shaw. He (Vaughters) played really physical today. It took him a little while during the first week to get comfortable and learn different schemes, but you can see his confidence growing each and every day.
"Wayne Lyons has played like a veteran since he arrived on campus."
Stanford's deep stable of running backs also showed well today. Freshmen Kelsey Young and Remound Wright gained 52 and 25 yards, respectively, while Anthony Wilkerson had 16 and Tyler Gaffney finished with 14.
"Our running backs, all the way down to our freshmen, played really well. We have outstanding depth at that position."