Sept. 5, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford football head coach Walt Harris along with Cardinal players Brian Head and Julian Jenkins addressed the media at the weekly Stanford Football Press Conference on Monday. Here's some of what Harris and his players had to say five days before the team opens its 2005 season at Navy this Saturday, September 10 (6 pm, ET/3 pm, PT) in a game to be televised live nationally on College Sports Television.
Head Coach Walt Harris
"We have a tough challenge in Navy. They were ahead most of the game and played a very good contest (against Maryland). They really played well on offense and their defense played hard against a physical Maryland football team. They have a game under their belt and they are a very successful team that plays very well at home."
On the Navy game
"We're not going back there on a tour of Annapolis. We're going back there with one thing in mind, and that's to win. It's all business."
On how to make the trip to Navy productive
"By winning. The bottom line is that we're going to have to do the things you do to win football games and not do the things people do to lose football games. We have to do all the things you need to do to win and do them for four quarters."
On positives going into the Navy game
"They haven't seen our players execute what they are going to do offensively ... so they will be unsure some on their side."
On Stanford's offensive line
"There are days when the team's offensive line looks to be pulling things together. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel with them, but we need to really grow up fast in that area."
On coaching his first game at Stanford
"When we finally get to the game, I'll be looking forward to it. But right now, there are so many details that we need to take care of just to get on the plane and be able to have a good Friday study session that it's kind of overwhelming right now. I really haven't had the time to thing that this is my first game at Stanford."
On Anthony Kimble
"Anthony has earned the starting job (at running back) because of his work ethic and his responsiveness on the practice field and during the scrimmages."
On Gustav Rydstedt
"I really like the way Gustav has played. He's a warrior, and I think he's going to be a fine football player for us. He has great mental toughness."
On the 2005 Stanford Football team
"Above all, we are going to have the best effort you've seen from a Stanford Football team."
On the team's approach in 2005
"Of course, there's the ultimate goal of wanting to go to a bowl game, but it's one day at a time and one game at a time."
On the season-opener versus Navy
"We're excited to get to play against someone else. We're tired of playing against ourselves. We can't wait to play against another team."
On the team's new coaching staff
"There's a firm belief in what the coaches are doing and how they are going about it."
On the team's senior class
"The senior class has done a tremendous job of buying into the program and saying `this is all we have'. This is last year of football for many of us. There's an attitude of whatever it takes, we have to win. We are trying to instill this in the younger players also."
On starting the 2005 season
"Everybody's so excited. Yesterday at practice, there was a lot of emotion. People were riled up, and we're ready to go."
On the toughness of the 2005 training camp
"I would say it's probably the toughest (one I've been through), but when you've been through so many of them you just don't really think about it. It's something you have to do to get to the season, so everybody will be ready to go. You can't replace the experience and repetition that you need in order to be ready to play the game."
On what he knows about the 2005 Stanford Football team
"I know that our team is going to finish. The whole theme of this preseason training camp and our conditioning workouts prior to that was to finish. We're definitely going to finish games. When it gets down to the fourth quarter, we'll have enough energy and enthusiasm to carry us through that."