March 10, 2009

Session 1: Practice 6 Notebook

Stanford held it's next to last practice today. The team worked out at Palo Alto High School. Today's practice was fairly uneventful. The team did not do as much scrimmage-type drills, there was a lot more individual work. There is a scrimmage scheduled for Monday so the hitting was light today.

Not going to start with the quarterbacks as has been the norm with practice updates. It was pretty much the same as the previous days. Andrew Luck looks the best, Making all the throws, the ball looks great out of his hands. He is passing with authority and confidence. Tavita Pritchard makes most of the throws, but is nowhere near the passer Luck is, he continues to run the offense and with poise. Alex Loukas did not get many reps at QB today but continues to work at WR.

  • There was a lot less of the black and yellow jersey's that signify two-way players today. A few of the players that have taken off the two-way jersey are Delano Howell, Ryan Whalen, Alex Loukas, and Jeremy Stewart. You never know with Dr. Harbaugh in the lab if these players will go back to two-ways, we'll keep an eye on it.

  • Not only is Owen Marecic the starting middle linebacker, he is calling the plays in the huddle. Speaks to the type of player he is to be able to come over and know the signals that well already. And he is making plays. Coach Harbaugh has said he is keeping open the possibility of Marecic playing both ways in the fall so this situation is one to keep an eye on.

    A few players that stood out today
  • Coby Fleener with a couple of nice grabs. He is lining up quite a bit in the slot and the H-Back slot.
  • Chase Thomas was active from his defensive end spot. It's hard to evaluate the line, the hitting was light today, but he was a constant presence in the backfield.
  • Jeremy Stewart, sans the two-way jersey, had several nice runs. He is a powerful inside runner and is showing a good burst.
  • Chris Owusu, who seems to make a big play every practice, again stood out with several nice catches and runs.
  • Quinn Evans[db] and [db]Michael Thomas were active in the secondary. Thomas had an interception in the two-minute drill.
  • Matt Kopa[db] and [db]Andrew Phillips stood out on the offensive line.
  • Ryan Whalen continues to be a physical player from his receiver spot with big blocks


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