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Quick scenes from the end of Spring Practice session one

Today marked the end of the first session of Stanford football's two two-week Spring practice sessions.  Given that I only was equipped with a point-and-shoot and had to deal with an unruly Red Coat who kept thinking I was video filming the practice, I did as decently as I could.

Pics after the jump

First, the non-football related pics.

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These kids were having their own practice next to Maples.  Even the girls got involved.

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Clearly an identity crisis.

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Yes, even our four-legged canine friends came along to watch.

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I couldn't get a good shot of the crowd, but I settled for a side view taken from the side of the Maples loading dock.

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It was a full-contact practice, so yes, everyone got hit.  And yes, this O-line was by far the best out there.

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A shot of the helmets with the BCS stickers on them.  Note the conference sticker hasn't been changed to Pac-12 yet.

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Luck was behind center for at least one series.

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Nunes, Nottingham, Daniel, and Olsen all suited up for contact as well.  Picazo did not participate (I couldn't tell if he was injured, though).

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This practice featured a semi-scrimmage complete with refs and penalties enforced.  Some of you may remember back when Coach Willingham instituted push-ups-for-penalties back in the '90s.  That punishment is back for practices.

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Post-practice stretching

 

If there was anything substantial that I could take, it was that

  • Eric Whitaker is almost assured of being the kicker for next season.  He was hitting 45+ yard FGs.  His backup today was Freshman Jordan Williamson.
  • Highly-touted QB Brett Nottingham has a lot of work to do.  He wasn't hitting receivers, got sacked twice, and threw a pick-six on his turn at the helm.
  • Senior RB Jeremy Stewart is amazing.  Anyone who saw the Orange Bowl knows that, but today just reinforced it.
  • If I had to make a snap-judgment, I'd say the offensive line has regressed little, if any, since last year, even with the new guys.
  • Conversely, the defense looks like it isn't as strong against our top O-line as last season.  But that isn't to say they aren't good, either.
  • Coach Shaw knows what he's doing.