Jan. 27, 2010
Stanford Preps For Arizona Road Trip
STANFORD, Calif.- Senior Tavita Pritchard, Stanford's starting quarterback during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, has been added to the men's basketball roster and will travel with the team during this week's road trip to Arizona and Arizona State, as announced Wednesday by head coach Johnny Dawkins.
As a fifth-year senior who has exhausted his eligibility in football, Pritchard is cleared for competition with the men's basketball team. Pritchard becomes the first multi-sport athlete on the men's basketball team since football players Mark Bradford and Evan Moore played limited minutes for the Cardinal during the 2004-05 campaign. Pritchard, who first participated in practice on Tuesday, will wear number 42.
A member of the Stanford football team for the last five seasons, Pritchard played in 27 games and made 20 starts during his career, completing 254 of 471 passes for 2,865 yards and 15 touchdowns. In his first career start, Pritchard engineered an epic 24-23 upset road victory over then-No. 2 USC back on Oct. 6, 2007, connecting with Mark Bradford for the game-winning touchdown on a fourth-and-goal play from the USC 10-yard line with 49 seconds left in the game. Pritchard's only start in 2009 came in Stanford's 31-27 loss to Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl, as the Cardinal was making its first Bowl Game appearance since 2001.
Stanford is without five players for this weekend's road trip. Freshman forward Andy Brown is out for the season due to an ACL tear in his left knee while junior forward/center Josh Owens has not been cleared to practice by the team's medical staff and remains out indefinitely. Recent stress fracture injuries have sidelined starting sophomore forward Andrew Zimmermann and reserve freshman guard Gabriel Harris, as both are expected to miss another 3-4 weeks. Reserve senior guard Emmanuel Igbinosa is not making this week's road trip due to an academic commitment.
Despite the mounting injuries and lack of depth, Stanford enters the week in a five-way tie for second place in the Pac-10 at 4-3. Picked to finish last in the preseason media poll, the Cardinal is 10-9 overall and back above the .500 mark for the fourth time this year. Stanford is coming off its second straight homestand sweep, defeating Oregon State 59-35 and Oregon 84-69 last week at Maples Pavilion.