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David Shaw addresses the team following practice on Aug. 12
Football Starts Fall Camp
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/12/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford football kicked off practices for the 2013 season on a warm, sunny afternoon on The Farm. The Cardinal, ranked No. 4 in the  USA TODAY Sports football coaches poll, started practice one week later than most schools as David Shaw’s team doesn’t open until its Sept. 7 game against San Jose State.

Here is what Shaw and players had to say after the first day.

Head Coach David Shaw on the adjustment to practicing and playing with pads on ...
"This game is not meant to be played without pads on. We need to adjust, we need to be smart, we have to get our guys to go hard, put their hands where they’re supposed to, put their helmets where they’re supposed to be, keep each other safe, keep each other healthy, but at the same time, execute the scheme in all three phases. I would say it was OK. It was a good start, but we have a lot to work on, obviously."

Shaw on whether anyone in particular caught his eye ...

"Shayne Skov is running around. It’s great to see him back full speed. I thought the defense did really well; I thought they moved around really well, but we’ll see. We’ll see as it gets going. Day one, it’s hard to have guys stand out day one.

Shaw on transitioning from using Stepfan Taylor as a workhorse running back to possibly using a rotation this year ...
"Even earlier in the year we tried to rotate the backs last year. Anthony Wilkerson had a couple big games. Two years ago we played up to four backs in a game. Looking at it, I think we’ll probably go back to that. Rickey Seale’s coming off a phenomenal spring. He’s a fourth-year senior. If he earns the right to play, we’re going to play him. Tyler Gaffney has come back in great shape, had some nice runs today. And Wilk (Anthony Wilkerson), Wilk looks great."

Shaw on whether he was surprised that running back Tyler Gaffney came back to Stanford after leaving to play baseball ...
"I think he always knew. He always knew that there was going to be an opportunity for him to come back. I personally thought that he would probably take two years before he made that decision. He played well in baseball; he played really well. I think he missed football. He loves football. When it’s all said and done, he’s going to play football for pay in the future."

Shaw on how Kevin Hogan’s personality has changed from last year ...
"He’s just more comfortable. He’s more comfortable, he feels good. I think running the offense in the offseason at the captain’s practices with no communication from us, I think, forced him to get a good handle on everything that we’re doing. He did all the scripts, he decided what they were doing every day, he put it all together and he did it all summer. I think that helped him just have a good comfort level with everything that he’s doing so that when he goes out there and steps in the huddle he’s got a command, he’s got a better command of our offense."

Shaw on his first conversation with Hogan following the offseason ...
"I was really, really vague. I just said, ‘How did it go?’ I wanted to hear what he had to say. I asked him what his top five pass ideas were. He told me those. I’m not telling you guys. He told me those. Whereas a year ago, I’d ask him for five and he’d have to kind of think, but after all summer going through everything that we’ve got, he’s a comfort level now. It’s nice to know that I know what those are and our coaches know what those are. We want to be sure that we work those into every gameplan."

Shaw on whether he’s happy with the team’s conditioning level ...
"I would say for 90 percent of our team, absolutely. Absolutely. To see Henry Anderson at 295 pounds, heavy as he’s ever been, still be able to run around and be in conditioning and handle practice like this where the guys are getting a lot of reps, more split practice where the guys are running around, it’s great to see our big guys. They were sweating, but they were moving. I think (strength coach Shannon) Turley did a phenomenal job. That other 10 percent, we had a couple guys that didn’t pass the conditioning test. We’ve had a standard practice around here: you don’t pass the conditioning test, you don’t practice. There’s no punishment, nothing else, just if you can’t pass the conditioning test, you’re not in shape to be on this football team."

Senior RB Tyler Gaffney on watching Stanford play in the Rose Bowl ...
"I played with all these guys so it was like seeing family win."

Gaffney on transitioning from professional baseball to football ...
"I do everything day-by-day. I went to baseball and it was a great opportunity. I made a good effort and thought it was a good way to help the Cardinal win a championship and be a part of my graduating class and finish my degree."

Junior WR Ty Montgomery on improving during the preseason ...
"I just wanted to mentally prepare myself. It wasn’t a good year for me last year. I don’t want to sound like an individualistic, I am happy with the Rose Bowl, but mentally I wanted to come out confident and do everything right as a team."

Junior QB Kevin Hogan on working with the receivers during the offseason ...
"Worked on our timing. We all have the concepts since they all know the offense pretty well. But working on the timing and utilize the experience we have on the outside. We have some fast guys so we need to stretch the field a little bit and put some pressure on the defense and that will open up the run."

Hogan on continuing to learn the playbook ...
"They throw something new at us every week based on the game plan and who we are playing. I don’t know how much they’ll throw at me, but I feel comfortable. I've been in the playbook all offseason and summer and ready for them to throw whatever at us, and hopefully, I’ll be ready to handle it because it’ll help us as an offense."

Junior SS Jordan Richards on preseason expectations surrounding the defense ...
"The noise from the outside doesn’t change what we do. Coach Mason and his staff went back and looked at the film and found ways for us to improve and we know we can improve on stuff ourselves. It’s just getting back into the groove of things and everyday working on something and keep grinding."

Richards on the strength of the defensive secondary ...
"There are a lot of guys coming back. There are only a couple young bucks, and just as in every year, we are going to continue to work and each guy has something we need to work on. As a unite we have to continue to communicate, communicate, communicate and execute our jobs. What we did last year and the year before it really doesn’t matter."


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