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David Shaw Press Conference: Big Game Week

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Stanford football head coach David Shaw addressed the media on Tuesday ahead of Big Game. Coach Shaw discussed the attitude of his players. The Seniors were fired up as early as Monday night and were preaching to the younger players that they have to play their best game on Saturday and find any way they can to keep the Axe according to Shaw. The coaches were impressed and happy about the leadership from their upperclassmen but the staff is making sure the players do not get overcome by the emotions and start making mental mistakes.

One of the reporters asked Coach Shaw what his favorite Big Game moments were and the first one he really remembered was the 1989 game during his senior year of high school when his dad was a coach there. Shaw’s freshman year at Stanford, however, was the amazing and legendary 1990 game. For those of you who don’t remember or if you are just feeling nostalgic, here you go:

Cal’s defense has struggled mightily and while it may be easy to be rather excited about Bryce Love and Christian McCaffrey running wild all over Berkeley, Shaw stated that this Stanford team had not played consistently well enough to “look down on anybody”. Shaw seems to be preaching that nothing is a given and everyone has to execute and do their job.

Injury Report

Casey Tucker likely out. Brandon Fanaika is a maybe. Francis Owusu is a maybe. This might be healthiest this team has been in quite some time as evidenced by the fact that Coach Shaw did not have to bring his paper out that he had been using to helm him keep track of all of the injuries.

Full Press Conference:

Stanford Press Conference (Big Game week)

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Posted by Stanford Football on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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