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August 6, 2012The Stanford football team took the field for its first fall camp practice in the post-Luck era on Sunday, and Cardinal Sports Report was on hand for Stanford coach David Shaw's post-practice media session.
Below is an edited transcript of Shaw's meeting with the media.
Who stood out, coach?
David Shaw: The usual suspects. Chase Thomas, who was everywhere, Trent Murphy, especially without pads on it's impossible to block those guys. Stepfan Taylor was outstanding, Sam Schwartzstein was great, Ty Montgomery was very, very good as well.
Is there anybody who's not at 100 percent physically?
DS: I was happy to see Shayne Skov was moving around pretty well. That's good news for us. We've got a couple guys who are coming back. Anthony Wilkerson looked great, he doesn't look like he has any lingering issues at all. Besides that the guys who were healthy were healthy.
What about Geoff Meinken?
DS: Meinken's not here. Meinken will come back when we start school. He's still rehabbing so we didn't want to use up the one spot for the 105 (players allowed on the roster for the start of fall camp). But he's going to (return to football) somewhat midway through the season, if he can go that would be great.
What did Skov look like? You said he was moving around. How close is he to being back to 100 percent?
DS: He looked like Shayne, which is great. I'm sure he's not completely in game shape right now but he looked good.
Is he limited at all in any drills or is he a full participant?
DS: Full participant
How long has Shayne been a full participant, completely cleared?
DS: Completely cleared for over a week, less than two weeks probably.
What were your first impressions of Dallas Lloyd coming back off his mission trip?
DS: He has a great quarterback personality which is huge, the way he called the plays in the huddle. Managing the line of scrimmage was great for a young guy. Very athletic. I was very, very pleased.
Speaking of your quarterbacks, who looked good today with Nottingham and Nunes?
DS: Both guys looked good. We have less than a tenth of our offense in right now so for day one installation, balls were completed, guys didn't hold the ball, they got the ball out on time, all the play calls were great, everybody was great in the huddle. It was a good start for everybody.
Of your returning players who has improved the most physically like in terms of strength who is cut now that didn't used to be cut?
DS: Two right off the bat honestly, once again Chase Thomas. He's put on ten pounds. He's bigger, he's stronger, he's as fast as he was beforehand. Wayne Lyons has physically changed his body. Terrence Brown has put weight on, which has always been a struggle for him, but he has able to put some weight on Barry Browning has gained some weight also.
I see there's no No. 12 on your roster. Will you retire that number?
DS: I can't say that we'll retire it necessarily, but as we said as a coaching staff, the jersey's still a little warm right now so we figured we'd put it on ice right now.
How does today feel different for your versus a year ago?
DS: As of right now it feels exactly the same. We're just in this mode right now of it will take us weeks to find out exactly who we are. So we have different questions than we had a year ago, but about the same number of questions. So really we have to get through these next two-a-days without the pads on and then once we get the pads on we actually get to play like we play.
What's the big advantage for you to have iPad playbooks?
DS: Gosh, there's a long list of things. Over the long hall it's cost effective as opposed to making and destroying playbook after playbook. It's eco-friendly as far as all the trees you go through shredding playbooks after you're done with them. But for us it's the fact we can make a change and instantly update it on everybody's iPad. Just like right now walking off the field Morgan Turner is going to go into his office and send out Day Two installation to the players. And as soon as they open their iPads it's going to update and they'll have the second day of installation.
If somebody loses one, what's the protocol for you guys?
DS: Remotely we can wipe it clean.
With the quarterbacks, what are you looking for out them the first week, getting going here?
DS: It's everything. It's impossible to nail down one thing for the quarterback position because they have to run the offense, they have to get us to the right plays, they have to throw the ball accurately. They're in charge of our running game, they're in charge of our protections. So it's about can we run the offense effectively with that guy and run it play after play after play. We talk about all the time we can't afford to take negative plays. We can't afford to waste plays. We can't ever run the wrong play into the wrong look. All those are decided by the quarterback and the guy that makes the most decisions and is the most positive decision-maker, that'll be the guy.
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