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Winless Stanford loses QB Edwards for season

Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards will miss the rest of his
senior season with a broken right foot, dealing the Cardinal their
biggest setback yet in an injury-plagued winless campaign.

Edwards was injured early in Stanford's 20-7 loss Saturday to
Arizona that sent the Cardinal (0-7, 0-4 Pac-10) to their worst
start since 1960.

"He has really been a tremendous player and leader for us,"
coach Walt Harris said Tuesday. "We're going to miss him. Clearly,
it's an unfortunate accident, but it's been a year for freak
accidents. He's a tough one to lose."

Edwards was 94-for-156 for 1,027 yards, six touchdowns and six
interceptions this season. He became the seventh player at Stanford
to top 5,000 career yards passing earlier this season.

Edwards said doctors told him he should make a full recovery and
be ready for the NFL combine in February.

"Nothing surgically needs to be done," he said. "I'm going to
take it easy for now, consider my options and let it rest."

Stanford has been decimated by injuries. Starting receiver Mark Bradford is expected to miss the rest of
the season after tearing ligaments in his right foot during the
Sept. 9 game. The other starting receiver, Evan Moore, was
sidelined a week later with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Last month, starting fullback Nick Frank ended his football career
after being diagnosed with a narrowing of a vertebra in his spine.

Harris can't remember a year when he has had to deal with so
many injuries.

"I think some of it is unlucky," he said. "It's not our year
with regards to that. We have to go back to the drawing board and
really look at our entire program. We have a lot of areas to get
fixed to help our guys do a better job physically so we have better
matchups."

With Edwards out most of the game against Arizona, the Cardinal
gained 52 yards on offense -- less than half the previous worst
performance since Stanford began playing football in 1918.

Backup T.C. Ostrander struggled before injuring his knee on the
Cardinal's final play, going 8-for-13 for 58 yards and being sacked
six times.

"It's always been a dream of mine to be in this spot, but I
wish it wasn't under these circumstances," said Ostrander, who
grew up in the area and attended Stanford games as a child.

Ostrander planned to practice Tuesday and should be healthy
enough to play against Arizona State this week. Redshirt freshman
Tavita Pritchard will back up Ostrander.

"It's devastating to have my Stanford football career end this
way," Edwards said in a statement. "But now I just want to do
everything I can to help our other quarterbacks out. I am proud to
have played quarterback at Stanford."