Cardinal football team spends eventful day two in El Paso


A few bilingual Cardinal gave interviews in Spanish, many became marksmen at Fort Bliss, and all are now firm believers in hypnotism.

An eventful day in El Paso - which ended with some unforgettable experiences with the local troops -- began like many others for the Cardinal. There was the early wake-up call, the team workout, the meetings and the practice.

Tuesday's practice was open to the public and the media. Many of the El Paso media were on hand to talk to the Cardinal.

Among the post-practice interviews, junior wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and senior tight end Greg Taboada, who each have strong roots in Spain, utilized their bilingual abilities with the Spanish media.

Also popular with the local media was freshman Henry Hattis. The offensive lineman has not played in his rookie campaign but is a fairly local product from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, which is just a few hours drive to the Sun Bowl.

Fort Bliss was up next. In a players-only event, the Cardinal met with the troops at the second-largest Army military installation in the United States.

The team participated in individual tank simulations, six-man military mission simulations and had photo opportunities with two actual tanks. Players' snap stories were filled with teammates climbing in and on the tanks as military officers answered a plethora of questions from the curious Cardinal.

A memorable day was capped with an event that a select few will never remember. Both Stanford and North Carolina players and staff gathered for dinner and a hypnotist.

Treyvion Foster, Jack Dreyer, Noor Davis and Bobby Okereke volunteered to represent the Cardinal alongside four Tar Heels and four military members for the hypnosis. All four were an entertaining part of the show, but if there were any non-believers, they were most likely swayed by Frank Buncom and Paxton Segina, who were both heavily hypnotized and pulled from the audience.

They were told to forget the number 4, to count with letters, and to walk as if their feet were three-times the size, among a few other guidelines. They complied. None of the participants remember the hypnosis, but their teammates took plenty of pictures and video.

— Stanford Athletics


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