Aug. 20, 2006
Football Post-Practice Audio: T. Edwards
Stanford, Calif. -
Defense was the story of the day on Saturday in the second controlled scrimmage of the 2006 Stanford Football training camp at the Elliott Football Practice Fields. The defensive unit forced four interceptions and recovered a fumble, while sacking Cardinal quarterbacks on five occasions.
Brandon Harrison, Trevor Hooper, C.J. Easter and Will Powers all ended drives with picks, while Mike Silva recovered a fumble, his second in as many scrimmages, to stop the offense on another occasion.
Despite the defense's strong performance, the offense managed to put the ball in the end zone four times and added a pair of field goals during the day. One of the touchdowns, a 62-yard pass from Jay Ottovegio to David Lofton, came on a perfectly executed fake punt.
After stopping the offense on three plays, the punt team took the field and lined up on its own 38-yard line. Punter Jay Ottovegio received the snap and fired a bullet to a streaking David Lofton. Lofton made the catch, bounced outside and out-ran the defense to the corner, picking up a tremendous block by Tim Sims along the way.
"I thought our defense came ready to play, and our offense didn't execute," summarized head coach Walt Harris. "The defense was more ready to go, and it was exciting to seem them play well."
Emeka Nnoli provided one of the biggest offensive highlights on Saturday with an impressive 33-yard run for a score. He also added a tough three-yard touchdown run. The other offensive score came on a three-yard pass play from Tavita Pritchard to Patrick Danahy.
Aaron Zagory, competing with Derek Belch for the placekicking position, connected on field goals of 38 and 39 yards late in the game to conclude the scoring.
Xxavier Carter had the most notable game statistically on offense, rushing eight times for 59 yards.
The Cardinal returns to a one-a-day format on Sunday (3:00 pm, PT) at the Elliott Football Practice Fields (practice times and locations subject to change). The team's practices for the remainder of training camp through August 27 are closed to the general public. For special arrangements to attend any practice from August 19-27, please contact Matt Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Stanford Football office.
Stanford Football hosted several guests at Saturday's scrimmage, including faculty, select donors and members of the "12th Man" Summer Jobs program. The group was treated to a pre-game brunch with the team, an exclusive private tour of the new Stanford Stadium, sideline access to the closed scrimmage and a Q&A with head coach Walt Harris.
The installation of the natural grass surface was completed on Saturday in the new Stanford Stadium. You can view images on any of the five live webcams at stanfordstadium.com.
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 18th has been set for 12:30 pm, PT. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Bay Area.