Aug. 10, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Football team took the field for day three of training camp on Wednesday at Elliott Football Practice Fields. The increased level of intensity was clear as the players donned helmets and shoulder pads for the first time since April.
"I really liked the intensity we showed today, especially on offense," commented quarterback Trent Edwards. "You could feel the improved level of intensity at the start of practice, especially from the coaching staff, and we fed off that energy all day."
Throughout the day, it was a fairly even battle between the offense and the defense. Edwards, from nearby Los Gatos, completed 8-of-12 passes for over 100 yards during the "team" period. Two of the completions, one each to WRs Mark Bradford and Evan Moore, went for over 20 yards.
Wednesday marked the return of a few familiar faces for Cardinal fans. On defense, linebacker Mike Silva was at 100% after missing the spring practice sessions with severe headaches.
"It felt great to be back out there today," said Silva, a fifth-year senior from San Diego. "I am thrilled to finally get into the groove and start playing again."
On the offensive side of the ball, junior running back Anthony Kimble rejoined the team after recovering from a minor skin infection. He will need to adhere to the NCAA acclimatization rules by wearing "helmets only" again Thursday, and helmets and shoulder pads on Friday and Saturday. He will be able to dress in full pads for Sunday's workout.
NOTES: Stanford football alums Mike McLaughlin, Darrin Nelson and Gerren Crochet observed practice on Wednesday ... Stanford hosted several members of the press on Wednesday at the annual Stanford Football Media Luncheon ... In addition to the renovation of Stanford Stadium, the Phil and Penelope Knight Athletic Training Room, located in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, underwent a $500,000 facelift this off-season ... The battle for the placekicking duties continues to heat up between Aaron Zagory and Derek Belch ... Safety Bo McNally has switched his jersey from #38 to #22.