Aug. 22, 2006
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford Football continued 2006 training camp with a return to a two-a-day format on Monday. The Cardinal hit the field early with a light morning session and capped the day with a 25-play scrimmage.
In 2005, head coach Walt Harris and the staff chose to redshirt the entire freshman class during their first year on The Farm. The decision allowed for the class to mature together and approach the 2006 season with a greater understanding of the demands of major college football.
Many of those players are expected to be key contributors this fall, especially on defense where the Cardinal graduated Jon Alston, Babatunde Oshinowo, Julian Jenkins and T.J. Rushing. During Monday's scrimmage several of the second-year players made big plays for the Cardinal.
"We're excited about the enthusiasm the redshirt freshmen bring to the table," commented defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff. "We're pleased with their contributions thus far and their youthful spirit is an exciting addition for the older players."
Some of the plays made by the redshirt freshmen in Monday's scrimmage session included:
On first down, defensive end Matt Kopa, linebacker Fred Campbell and nose tackle Ekom Udofia converged on running back Anthony Kimble on an outside run play.
Tight end Erik Lorig made a spectacular diving catch on a third and ten to pick up a first down.
Linebacker Will Powers contributed a tackle-for-loss, a sack on third and short, and several other key plays during the session.
On a pass play in the flat to wide receiver Kelton Lynn, linebacker Clinton Snyder showed good speed and athleticism as he took an angle to the outside and made a tackle for a short gain.
Tight end Jim Dray was on the receiving end of a seven-yard touchdown pass by Trent Edwards. The reception capped a 10-play, 65-yard drive for the offense.
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On Wednesday, the Cardinal will hold its third and final controlled scrimmage of the 2006 Stanford Football Training Camp. The scrimmage and all subsequent practice sessions will be closed to the general public. This policy will be strictly enforced. For special arrangements to attend any practice from August 21-27, please contact Matt Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Stanford Football office.
Stanford Football Notes
Senior defensive back Trevor Hooper added three tackles and cornerback Tim Sims had a nice breakup on a deep pass during the scrimmage.
Edwards connected with wide receiver Kelton Lynn on a 25-yard reception to set up the Dray touchdown. On the pass play, Edwards delivered a perfectly thrown ball down the middle of the field, just over the outstretched hands of the linebacker.
The Stanford Football Program hosted guests David Kennedy as well as Bill and Joey Beyda at practice on Monday.
The Cardinal opens the season on the road against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 pm, PT, and the game will be televised live on ABC.