STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards and
receiver Evan Moore have both recovered enough from serious
injuries suffered last year to be able to participate in spring
practice when it opens Friday.
The news is not so good for defensive end Pannel Egboh, strong
safety Brandon Harrison and tight end Matt Traverso. Egboh
continues to rehab a broken leg, while Harrison and Traverso have
been suspended from spring practice "due to conduct inconsistent
with the goals of the Stanford football program," Cardinal coach
Walt Harris read from a prepared statement on Wednesday.
Harrison started all 11 games last year and was third on the
team with 67 tackles. Traverso started nine games and caught 19
passes for 233 yards. He caught a touchdown pass from backup T.C.
Ostrander in the final game of the season, a 38-31 loss to Notre
Harris said both Harrison and Traverso will be with the team
through spring, and could rejoin the team in the fall.
"It's up to them," Harris said. "They built a challenging
road for themselves. I want to stress that this is not a university
issue. It is a Stanford football program thing."
Harris declined to comment further on the two players.
Edwards, who threw for 1,934 yards and 17 touchdowns last
season, was knocked out of the last two games of his junior year
with an injury to his throwing arm. Moore, an agile 6-7,
235-pounder who played with the Stanford basketball team as a
freshman, missed the season with a separated shoulder.
"I anticipate him being healthy," Harris said of Edwards.
"His arm is feeling much improved. Evan Moore has taken a negative
and turned it into a positive. He went through the realization that
there was a legitimate chance he'd never play football again. That
affected his outlook and attitude in regards for his body. He has
done a tremendous amount of work to improve his body, especially
his flexibility and that will have a positive affect on his ability
to play wide receiver."
Egboh's spring will be severely restricted after he broke his
leg against the Irish.
"I'm very pleased with his progress," Harris said. "He's done
a nice job of rehabbing and he's blessed physically. We're excited
about his ability."
The defensive secondary will suffer during the spring. Not only
is Harrison out, but backup Bo McNally is also questionable. Wopamo
Osaisai, who played in all 11 games as a cornerback last year, quit
the football team to concentrate on track and field. Osaisai won
the 100 meters last weekend in the Stanford Invitational.
Stanford will hold its annual Cardinal-White spring game on