July 26, 2007
Los Angeles, Calif. - Stanford head football coach Jim Harbaugh and senior quarterback addressed the media at the 2007 Pac-10 Football Media Day at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at the Los Angeles Airport on Thursday. Stanford will begin its 2007 fall practice sessions at the Elliot Practice Fields on Monday, August 6. Stanford will open the 2007 campaign against UCLA in a Pac-10 game to be televised live by Fox Sports Net at Stanford Stadium on Saturday, September 1 (12:30 pm, PT).
Below are selected quotes from Harbaugh and Ostrander at Thursday's media day.
HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH
"Good morning, it's a pleasure and a privilege to be here representing Stanford University. I'm here with our quarterback T.C. Ostrander. We're tremendously excited to get this season started. The only issue is now I've got to make good on all those promises I made in the interview process. Here's the plan. I plan on doing it with a senior group that is committed to winning football games and is tired of getting their butts kicked. Our team is going through the process of earning the right to expect to win. We are very excited to get this started August 6."
On T.C. Ostrander
"T.C. Ostrander will be our quarterback. There is no controversy there. He is a committed guy. He has the respect of our entire football team and our entire coaching staff. We've got a group of those seniors at every position. We've got guys who have been there before and are experienced."
On Ekom and Udeme Udofia, and the defensive line
"Ekom Udofia is a premier player in this league. We did not have him in the spring. He had a shoulder surgery and was out for 16 weeks. But, we are very excited about his return. I think you'll see a lot of improvement with our defensive line this year. That is one area of our football team I think will show substantial improvement and Ekom will be a big reason. His brother, Udeme, goes from the linebacker position to rush defensive end, so it will be two Udofias playing in the Stanford starting lineup come September 1 against UCLA. We've got depth with four quality defensive ends along with Eric Lorig, Pannel Egboh and Emmanuel Awofadeju. I believe we have a lot of talent and a lot of improvement in our defensive line this year."
SENIOR QUARTERBACK T.C. OSTRANDER
"With the arrival of coach Harbaugh, it kind of reinvigorated our football team. Ever since he's been here, we've been committed to changing a culture that's kind of been a losing culture the last couple of years. A new staff, coach Harbaugh himself and everyone he's brought on has had a lot to do with that. It's been some really positive leadership, and we're looking forward to starting camp and getting underway."
On atmosphere after the team's only 2006 win at Washington
"Obviously, the year was just going terribly and it was a tough environment to play in, but we approached every game as an opportunity to get better and get that win. I guess that win in Washington was a monkey off our back, but we never doubted ourselves in any of the games we played before that, and we didn't doubt ourselves after that. Our focus last year, especially with all the injuries we had, was just going out and proving ourselves every week and playing the best we could play. At Washington, it all came together for us a little bit, and we came away with a win."
On his Stanford ties and whether there's any added pressure as the starter
"I don't think there's any outside added pressure. I think I've always put the most pressure on myself to win and been the most critical of my play. It's really been a blessing to play where I've grown up and where my dad competed in athletics (at Stanford). I don't look at it as having any added burden. I think playing the quarterback position at this level is hard enough, and I have high expectations for myself. So, really, any expectations outside of that aren't going to add any pressure."