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Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/22/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – While the preseason rankings and national media attention has settled following a busy week on The Farm, the Stanford football team remains in full preparation for its season opening game against San Jose State on Sept. 7

Media held another session with David Shaw’s team Thursday two days ahead of the program’s highly-anticipated “open practice” and Fall Open House, which is scheduled for Saturday. The Cardinal practices from 10 a.m. until noon on the Dan Elliott Practice Field before Open House activities move to Stanford Stadium at 12:30 with a wide variety of free family-friendly activities.  

Saturday offers a tremendous preview of offerings for the San Jose State game with kids earing free admission. The annual Bill Walsh Legacy Game, slated for 8 p.m. is also Military Appreciation Day at the Stadium with military personnel obtaining two free tickets with an active military ID.

Back to Thursday’s practice, coach Shaw met reporters after a physical practice in full pads. Here is what he had to say:

Head Coach David Shaw opening statement …

“The week started off really, really well. Guys are tired right now. They’re fighting through it, but that’s what you expect now. But I expect them to be tired and still get their assignments done and still go as fast as they can go and be as physical as they can be. That’s football. You don’t get to not be physical just because you’re tired. We’re just going to keep cranking it up and doing our best.”

Shaw on solving competitions at center and outside linebacker… 

“Not yet. Early next week we’ll start leaning towards a direction. Now, we’re still rolling through.”

“We’ll start taking a look at it next week, late in the week, doing a couple of periods against some cards. But just at the end of practice. The bulk of practice will still be Stanford against Stanford.”

Shaw on having Ty Montgomery and Michael Rector healthy again …
“Ty started off his freshman year with speed. We got him on the field and he made plays. Last year he was banged up and now, at the strength camp he’s actually faster than he was his freshman year. You can see more confident, he knows what he’s doing, more comfortable, he’s healthy. We’ve got two guys with some serious speed. It’s hopefully what we’ve been missing on our offense for the last two years.”

“I communicate with them (WR) more specifically because I have an experience in those positions so I talk a lot about techniques. I speak to them a little bit more specifically, but for the most part I try to make sure I float around and see all of the other positions.”

Shaw on Montgomery’s upside …

“It’s up to him. He’s got the speed, he’s got the intent, he knows what to do now, he works extremely hard, he’s worked on his craft more than just working out. He’s worked on the specifics of the position. He’s a lot more confident in everything that he does. He’s learned how to catch the deep ball. That’s been a process for him, not having a high school quarterback. With the arms that we have here, that’s something that you have to learn how to do and he’s got a lot more comfortable doing that, so he’s got all the tools to play well at this level and the next.”

Shaw on candidates returning kicks and punts …
Ty and Kelsey are taking kickoffs as they did last year. On punt return we’re still rotating guys through. Ty is getting some of that. I believe Kodi Whitfield is doing really well there. Maybe has the edge. Ty has done extremely well. Barry Sanders has gotten a lot better and a lot more comfortable. So we’ve got three guys that we feel can go back there.”

Shaw on left tackle Andrus Peat
“This year, I’d be curious how many better tackles there will be in the nation. I don’t know for a fact so I couldn’t say. Having an early second round pick in Jonathan Martin and then David Yankey will be a first round pick at tackle or guard. We haven’t had any body with the athletic ability that he has. There’s no ceiling right now. We’re talking about special. Different category.

Six (foot)-six and a half. 315 pounds and he moves like a tight end. Fast, quick, explosive. The guys can’t get around him. He’s too athletic. He’s big but he moves. He’s still learning he’s still growing but I think he’s special.


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