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"This guy's an NFL linebacker."
#CardCamp13 Notes & Quotes
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/17/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford football held its second practice in full pads Saturday morning with media attention at a peak. Earlier in the morning, the final major preseason poll was released with the Cardinal claiming the No. 4 position from the Associated Press. Stanford is highly-regarded in the polls, which include the No. 4 spot in the USA TODAY Coaches poll and No. 2 by Sports Illustrated.

·         Associated Press and USA TODAY preseason top 25

·         Sports Illustrated top 25

This week has seen full-day live broadcasts from Stanford by ESPN College Gameday’s Rod Gilmore and Samantha Ponder as well as SiriusXM College Sports Nation with Mark Packer and Dan Hawkins.

With the AP preseason poll Stanford has now been ranked among the top-25 for 48 straight weeks. What’s more, 30 of those weeks have been spent in the top-10. Coming off three straight BCS bowl appearances, and two victories, the Cardinal has now been ranked in three straight preseason AP polls for the first time since John Elway roamed the field from 1979-81.

Still, when asked about the exposure, David Shaw, the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football, illustrated his program’s focus on what can be controlled.

“We appreciate the respect for our football program. We don't take it as added pressure; we take it as recognition for what we've done before and the team we've assembled,” Shaw said before practice. “But we still put the emphasis on our own expectations, our effort and our preparation for the season to come.”   

Following practice, Shaw again addressed the media with several student-athletes also taking turns in front of the press. Here is what the program had to say:

Head Coach
 David Shaw on the first day of full tackling under scrimmage conditions ...
“As usual, when you’re this early (in practice), the defense is ahead, which is great. It's just nice to see guys flying around and attacking the ball … making tackles. We still popped a couple of runs but for the most part defense had the edge today.”

Shaw on whether Anthony Wilkerson can be a play maker …
“He looks great. When you look at Anthony Wilkerson and Tyler Gaffney, you’ve got two guys that are averaging over four yards per carry for their career. It's just they haven’t had the volume of carries just because we’ve played a lot of backs and (because of) what Stepfan’s (Taylor) done these past two years … I think both of those guys are going to have great seasons.”

Shaw on the team’s depth at running back and whether he can give a list longer than a traditional “two-deep” …
“If I did, then all the other guys would be right next to each other. I don’t like depth charts necessarily just because they’re not real … because whoever the third back is might depend on what the play call is. Barry Sanders is going to have a role, Ricky Seale is going to have a role, Remound Wright is going to have a role. It's all situational … depends on which plays they do well and when we call those plays. We’re going to play, for the most part, five backs in just about every game, which is great. I’m excited about it.”  

Shaw on the center competition  …
“(It’s been) even. I would love for there to be some movement there. We’re going to keep rotating guys through and I’d imagine it will be another week before we have a clear-cut leader. They’re all doing well; just need someone to do great.”  

Shaw on the AP poll and general preseason media hype …
“We haven’t changed one bit. People are giving us some praise and I think that’s great, we appreciate it. It can’t ever affect our preparation, it can’t affect how we play on game day and it can’t affect our approach to how we play the game. We’re not going to play any harder or any less hard because people say we’re going to be good or people say we’re going to be terrible, so we appreciate it and we thank people for the recognition and the respect of our program but at the same time it doesn’t affect how we do what we do.”  

Shaw on players that caught his eye early in camp …
David Parry and Shayne Skov.  (David’s) just so hard to block and Shayne, it’s just so great to see Shayne back healthy … he can do in his mind what he was trying to do last year (when recovering from knee injuries). But it’s fun to see him back full steam, and be able to be that guy who doesn’t stay block and can make tackles from sideline to sideline.”

Shaw on A.J. Tarpley’s effectiveness in pass coverage …
A.J. Tarpley is, I would say, he and Ed Reynolds have the best feel for the game of football, of guys that we’ve been around since we’ve been here. As far as reading quarterbacks, reading route schemes, knowing where they’re supposed to be and then making plays on the ball when its in flight, it's uncanny … when you just watch A.J., you say ‘this guy’s an NFL linebacker.’ He does it all and has a great feel for the game of football.”  

Shaw on teams moving preseason camps off campus
“This is not a slant on anybody else but they’re not in Palo Alto. We never see 90 (degrees). There’s no reason, for us facility-wise and weather-wise; I think we’re great where we are.”

Fifth-Year Senior OLB Trent Murphy on preseason rankings …
“While it’s nice to have a favorable ranking, that’s something that the media and fans pay attention to much more than us. We are only looking forward to our season opener against San Jose State and will continue to take things week by week, one game at a time. We control our own destiny.”

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