Aug. 16, 2006
Stanford, Calif. -
The Stanford Football team conducted its first controlled scrimmage of the 2006 training camp at the Elliott Football Practice Fields on Wednesday. Trent Edwards was sharp and consistent throughout the day, connecting on 13 of 15 pass attempts for 208 yards and four touchdowns.
The Cardinal offense went on the attack early as Edwards connected with Bradford on a 42-yard pass play. Moments later, Edwards rolled right and hit Bradford in the left flat for the scrimmage's first score.
The offense put together several productive drives on the day, but it was the inconsistent play that concerned head coach Walt Harris the most.
"Offensively there were some good things, but we looked a little sloppy," said Harris. "There are still a lot of areas that we need to get better at. We weren't concentrating enough so we need to turn it up in practice."
Evan Moore caught three of Edwards' scoring strikes, finishing with four catches for 84 yards overall. Mark Bradford added three catches for 61 yards, including a touchdown on the opening drive.
"Evan and Mark did a great job of running precise routes and making some big plays in key situations," said Edwards.
"Trent and Evan are great friends and real good players, so it was nice to see them have some success today," added Coach Harris.
While the early and late success of the offense came through the air, it was the ground game and short, precise passing that allowed the offense to sustain long drives. Anthony Kimble rushed five times for 40 yards and had three catches for 62 yards on the day. Nick Frank added to the mix with a 16-yard run that keyed a scoring drive for the offense.
"I thought the offense performed well but there are still a few things that we need to clean up," commented Moore. "The good news is that we still have some time to iron them out before we play for real."
The defense played tough throughout the day, especially following the initial scoring effort by the offense. On the second and fourth drives of the scrimmage, the defense allowed only one first down before the drives stalled.
On the fifth series, one that saw the offense start from the opponent's 25-yard line, the defense held tough and forced a missed field goal. The defense forced a turnover (a fumble recovery by Mike Silva), applied pressure to the quarterback on numerous occasions and recorded three sacks on Edwards.
"We thought our defense played well in the red zone," commented defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff.
The Cardinal returns to a one-a-day format on Thursday. Practice will begin at 12:20 pm, PT, at the Elliott Football Practice Fields. The team is scheduled to practice twice (7:55 - 9:55 am and 4:00 - 5:45 pm) on Friday. Stanford's practices on Thursday and Friday will be open to fans and media (practice times and locations subject to change). The team will close its practices to the general public for the final eight days of training camp beginning this Saturday, August 19. For special arrangements to attend any practice from August 19-27, please contact Matt Doyle in the Stanford Football office.
The first scrimmage for the Cardinal attracted over 200 fans and spectators to the Elliott Football Practice Fields.
Bill Walsh and Ronnie Lott were on hand for the scrimmage on Wednesday.
The Stanford Football program hosted 20 guests from Ormondale Elementary School (Portola Valley) on Wednesday. The students watched the scrimmage from the sidelines, spent time getting autographs from the players and joined the team for dinner.
The Cardinal opens the season on the road against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, September 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 pm, PT, and the game will be televised live on ABC.
Kickoff for the Stanford-Oregon State game on November 18 has been set for 12:30 pm, PT. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Bay Area.