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Quarterbacks impress at Stanford's annual open house

 

The quarterbacks spread the football around Saturday during Stanford's annual open practice at the Elliott Practice Field. Thirteen players caught at least one pass as quarterbacks Kevin Hogan (8-of-11), Keller Chryst (7-of-11) and Ryan Burns (4-of-7) combined for 274 yards on 19 completions during the scrimmage.

Expect more of the same this season.

"I think we're looking good," said junior Francis Owusu. "Our offense is rolling."

Owusu had two catches for 50 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown from Hogan.

"I got past the DB, Hogan threw a great ball and I was able to make a play on it," Owusu said.

Added fifth-year senior Rollins Stallworth: "I thought it went well. There was a lot of energy and everyone was working hard. We executed and we're all pulling for each other and working together."

Owusu praised Hogan, one of the winningest quarterbacks in Stanford history.

"It all starts with leadership and that comes from No. 8," he said. "He's been here for a while and everybody trusts him. We're just going to try and follow what he says and I think that's going to lead to a great season."

Owusu and Stallworth have received many reps during fall practice and are making the most of them.

"I hope to fit in wherever the team needs me," said Stallworth. "Wherever I can help contribute to the team's success as best I can."

Stallworth said two points of emphasis have been converting on third down and scoring touchdowns in the red zone.

"We've been working hard at it," he said. "We're excited about what we're going to put on tape this year."

Owusu is excited about the unit's potential and expects improvement from last season.

"We definitely have a lot of guys that are making plays," said Owusu. "Some young guys are stepping up. I think we're going to be good. We have a mix between veterans and young guys."

Owusu's older brother, Chris, was a standout receiver and kickoff returner for the Cardinal and now plays for the New York Giants. They talk every day.

"The best advice he's given me is just be myself and play how I know how to play," he said. "Just believe in myself and believe in my teammates. Do what I have to do to help the team get the W."

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Defensively, freshman safety Justin Reid led all tacklers with five. He made two solo tackles playing on the second team defense against the first team offense. His older brother, Eric, is a safety for the 49ers.

Senior defensive lineman Aziz Shittu continues to impress. He produced two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Cal graduate transfer defensive end Brennan Scarlett had an active practice and assisted on the tackle of his younger brother, Cameron. The freshman running back carried five times for 23 yards.

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The battle for the second starting inside linebacker spot remains hotly contested. With Noor Davis sidelined with an injury, Kevin Palma, Jordan Perez, Bobby Okereke and special teams standout Craig Jones are all in the mix.

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Competition for the starting right guard and tackle spots remains wide open, especially with the return of Nick Davidson and David Bright.

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As part of Stanford football's annual open house, kids were invited to participate in football drills, games and contests after practice. Afterward, Stanford players signed autographs at Maples Pavilion.

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EXTRA POINTS: Freshman running back Bryce Love continues to impress. He rushed for a team-high 77 yards on five carries and burst through the defense for a 65-yard touchdown run . . . Junior tight end Austin Hooper led the Cardinal with three catches for 54 yards. Sophomore tight end Dalton Schultz also made two catches and has been impressive . . . Freshman Jake Bailey wowed the sun-baked crowd and his teammates by launching several towering punts . . . Head coach David Shaw was impressed by the play of sophomore fullback Daniel Marx . . . Practice visitors this week included former Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham, now a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee; former assistant coach Willie Shaw, the father of David Shaw; former Cardinal defensive back and current ESPN football analyst Rod Gilmore; and former linebacker standout Chase Thomas, now working for STRIVR Labs, founded by former Stanford kicker Derek Belch . . . Also on hand were 60 Minutes Sports and ESPN GameDay.

— Stanford Athletics

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Posted by maddogsfavsnpiks
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2015 at 12:23 pm

According to my observations, some of which were from a less than ideal vantage point, at ground level clear across the field, the OL did a very good job of opening holes and lanes for the RBs :

Remound Wright: 5 carries/22 yds / 4.4 ypc
Chris McCaffrey : 4 carries/16 yds / 4.0 ypc
Barry Sanders : 7 carries/34 yds / 4.85 ypc
Bryce Love : 5 carries/72 yds / 14.4 ypc
Cameron Scarlett : 4 carries/ 24 yds / 6.0 ypc
Pat McFadden : 1 carry/ 2 yds / 2.0 ypc
TOTALS : 26 carries/ 174 yds / 6.7 ypc

Obviously the dazzling run by Bryce Love gave the above stat/avg a significant boost. He showed excellent vision and well-tuned cutting ability, ultimately eluding tru-frosh DB Quentin Meeks' flailing grasp, before he broke into the clear with an eye-popping burst of speed, outrunning everyone by at least 5 yards to the TD. The left side of the OL, got a great surge off the ball in the initial part of the play, and B. Love made an excellent cut to his right, then back to his left eluding Meeks, before dashing into the open. (At that time, as far as I could pick out the jersey numbers, the OL included Davidson, Bright, Burkett, Fanaika, & Hall).
As for the all-important D-Line, if you subtract that one run by B. Love, they had a respectable day against the run, allowing about 110 yds on 25 carries. Both Scarlett and Shittu got good penetration, blowing up several plays before they got started. Thorsten Rotto, tru-frosh Wesley Annan, and others all contributed stops along the way.
On passing plays I counted 6 or 7 virtual sacks (To protect the QBs, actual take-down sacks were not allowed).
IMO, both sides of the ball have significant work yet to do in order to be ready for the dangerous trip to the Cat House in Evanston on Sept. 5th, in just 10 days or so... not to mention the trip to Trojan Man's House of Ill-repute, on Sept 19th.


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