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Ostrander to miss USC game after suffering seizure

10/3/2007 - Stanford Cardinal

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford quarterback T.C. Ostrander will
miss this week's game against No. 2 Southern California after
having a seizure at a restaurant over the weekend.

Ostrander was watching former teammate Trent Edwards play on
television for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday when he had the seizure.
Ostrander was hospitalized for about seven hours after the seizure
but was released after all tests were normal.

"It's tough to get my head around but we have the situation
under control," he said after watching the team practice Tuesday.
"Apparently the pain medication I take after the game makes a
greater disposition toward having a seizure."

Teammate Evan Moore was at the restaurant when he heard
Ostrander's father yell out his son's name. Moore turned and saw
Ostrander fall to the ground and slam his head on a pole.

He saw his friend bleeding from the mouth and said the scene was
difficult to watch. Moore said he felt much better after seeing
Ostrander later that day.

"You're watching it thinking 'Is he even going to make it
through this?'" Moore said. "It's a scary looking thing. To see
him come home and hear him converse normally was obviously very
relieving to say the least."

Ostrander was back at classes this week and will travel to the
game on Saturday in Los Angeles. He won't play as a precaution but
could be back for the game Oct. 13 against TCU.

"I was looking forward to this game for a while," Ostrander
said. "It's not often you get to play the best team in the nation.
It's a fun atmosphere down there. I feel like I'm letting the team
down, in a sense. It's tough being at practice and not being able
to play."

Sophomore Tavita Pritchard will make his first career start
Saturday for the Cardinal (1-3, 0-3 Pac-10). Pritchard is the
nephew of former NFL quarterback Jack Thompson, better known by his
nickname, "The Throwin' Samoan."

Thompson, who starred in college at Washington State, was picked
third overall by Cincinnati in 1979. He played six years in the NFL
for the Bengals and Tampa Bay.

Pritchard has thrown only three passes in his career, completing
one for 10 yards. He now must face Southern Cal (4-0, 2-0), which
has the top-ranked defense in the Pac-10, allowing 277.5 yards per
game.

"You hate to have an opportunity come like this," Pritchard
said. "T.C. is a good friend of mine. Having him go down like he
did is nothing you want to see. But I've been preparing my whole
life for this, to be able to start at the Division I level in the
Pac-10."

Ostrander has completed 90 of 166 passes for 1,065 yards and six
touchdowns through four games. He began his senior year as the
starter after backing up Edwards the previous three seasons.

The loss of Ostrander is just the latest to hit the Cardinal
this season.

Linebacker Fred Campbell suffered a career-ending neck injury
against San Jose State, offensive lineman Allen Smith could be out
for the year with a knee injury, running back Toby Gerhart will
miss his fourth game this week because of a knee injury, and
defensive lineman Ekom Udofia is expected to miss his second
straight game with a sprained ankle. In training camp, fullback
Emeka Nnoli went down for the season with a hip injury.

The injuries have had a big impact on Stanford's depth and are a
reason for the team's struggles in conference play. The Cardinal
have been outscored 141-51 in the three Pac-10 losses.

"We put so much into this season, preparing for it, getting
ready for it," Moore said. "We cannot let one, two or three or
four injuries completely make us throw in the towel. As important
as some of these players are, we still have our team, we still have
our season left."