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Ask DeRonnie Pitts
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 09/05/2000

Sept. 5, 2000

Terry Johnson (Saratoga, CA)
DeRonnie, most of the pre-season polls are picking Stanford to finish 7th or 8th in the Pac-10. The "experts" say the Stanford offense won't be able to replace players like Todd Husak, Troy Walters, Mike McLaughlin and Jeff Cronshagen. What are your thoughts about that?

It will be hard to replace the All-Pac-10 players that we lost, but we have a great coaching staff that I am sure will comprise a game plan that will best suit our abilities as an offensive unit.

Albert Penalber (Sanger, CA)
Being the No. 1 receiver this year - are you nervous? Do you feel added pressure?

I don't feel any added pressure. I have to be more of a vocal leader now, but as far as just getting out there and playing, nothing will be any different.

Shannon Meier (Mountian View, CA)
DeRonnie, which team in the National Football League would you like to play for and can you tell Willie Howard his fans at his high school Los Altos High say hello.

I just hope I get a chance to get to the NFL. I would play for anyone. If I could choose though, I would love to play on the same team with Willie (Howard) and Riall (Johnson). And I will tell Willie hello.

Jeff Diedrich (San Jose, CA)
DeRonnie, what do you feel will be the biggest challenge to repeating as Pac-10 champs? Good luck to you and the Cardinal in 2000!

The biggest challenge is going to be keeping ourselves focused on what got us to the Rose Bowl last year. We have to continue to work hard and we can't ever slack off because teams are shooting for us now.

Jason Veres (Los Alamitos, CA)
There was a recent story in Sports Illustrated on Coach Willingham and how he is regarded as a top coaching prospect for the NFL. What are your thoughts on the coach and what do you think his number one trait is?

Coach Willingham is a great individual. He is the type of person that people could follow as an example of a winner. I think his #1 trait is his honesty. He has the trust of all of his players and coaches because he never goes back on his word.

Kyle Anderson (Los Gatos, CA)
What made you choose Stanford and what other schools did you have an opportunity to go to?

I chose Stanford because I was excited about its football program. I really liked the coaching staff and the guys on the team were great hosts on my recruiting visit. Not to mention, the opportunity to attend one of the most heralded universities in the country.


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