Stanford opens with Arizona this weekend

September 13, 2011 7:30:26 PM PDT
Stanford has opened the season with two blowout victories and things figure to get a lot tougher this Saturday with the Cardinal opening PAC-12 play at Arizona.

Stanford upper classmen know that it's tough duty playing the Wildcats in Tucson.

"Absolutely, last time down there they beat our butts pretty good, so I haven't quite forgotten that completely. But this is going to be a good atmosphere, they're a great team so it should be a fun game," said Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

The past two games between Arizona and Stanford have been shootouts between two talented quarterbacks Luck and Nick Foles. Foles has already thrown for 810 yards in two games this season and six touchdowns.

"The guy is accurate, he's smart, he's tough, he'll take a hit, he'll stand there and take a hit, he can buy time in the pocket and he makes great decisions," said Stanford head coach David Shaw.

"The guys aren't going to do too much, but we're definitely going to approach this game with a mentality like, 'Hey, we got to stop the passes.' Nick Foles is a great quarterback so guys are going to be just keying in on the details," said Stanford safety Michael Thomas.

The Stanford offense has been effective in their first two victories, but tight end Coby Fleener who caught three touchdowns last week told ABC7 they can get better.

"We have a lot to clean up, our running game isn't where we'd like it to be, we need to improve and we can't start off games as slow as we have, we really need to get out of the gate ready to play," said Fleener.

Stanford begins their run for their first PAC-12 title Saturday night in Tucson against Arizona at Stanford.


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