Edwards healthy, sharp in Stanford spring game
STANFORD, Calif. -- Trent Edwards showed signs not only of being healthy again but also that he has a better grasp of Stanford's offense.
The senior quarterback completed 17 of 20 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns to highlight Stanford's annual Cardinal-White game that concluded the school's spring practice schedule.
"I think we did a good job this spring of doing the things we are coached to do," Edwards said. "The coaches talked a lot about different techniques and I think we continued to get better. I think we are understanding things a lot more than we did a year ago."
Edwards, who had been slow to heal following an injury to his throwing shoulder that happened in the 2005 regular-season finale against Notre Dame, showed no lingering effects of being hurt. He is coming off a season in which he completed 168 passes in 268 attempts for 1,934 yards and 17 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
"We have got to keep him healthy and continue to improve," said second-year coach Walt Harris, whose team went 5-6 last season. "He is a tremendous team player and a real good leader for our guys."
Harris liked his team's progress over 15 spring practices -- and was pleased to keep his players relatively healthy.
Stanford has plenty of holes to fill after losing 13 defensive letterwinners and six starters from that unit.
"I think the youth on defense was evident," Harris said.
The Cardinal did receive an injury scare early in the afternoon. Wide receiver Evan Moore, whose 2005 season ended during the first game when he dislocated his hip, was slow to get up after being hit hard by defensive back Trevor Hooper.
"It was a typical over-the-middle play, the ball floated a little," Moore said. "I knew as I was going up that I was going to get smashed. It was a clean hit. I thought I might have had a concussion, but I guess I don't. I went back in, so I am all right."
Moore sat out a few series, but was deemed healthy enough to return to the field late in the scrimmage.
Anthony Kimble was the leading rusher with 98 yards and one touchdown on five carries, while Michael Miller caught six passes for 77 yards.
The Stanford defense scored when sophomore defensive back Kris Evans recovered a fumble and ran 85 yards for a TD.
Stanford opens the regular season Sept. 2 on the road against Oregon in a Pac-10 game. ... Stanford Stadium is in the process of being rebuilt and the new facility is expected to be ready for the home opener against Navy on Sept. 16. In order to assure enough time to get the new field ready, Stanford moved the Sept. 9 game against San Jose State from Stanford to the Spartans' home field.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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