Is he a safety or is he a quarterback or is he both? Those are questions that Stanford wanted to answer during training camp. For the short term, the answer appears to be quarterback. Alex Loukas is hard at work after missing last season with a knee injury. He moved to safety during spring football and during the first week he alternated between offense and defense.
I talked to the quarterback/safety after practice on Thursday.
Q: How are things going out there?
It is going great. We had a scrimmage last night. I am looking forward to the next practice in a few hours. The offense is shaping up. The defense looks great. I personally feel great.
Q: How did the scrimmage go?
It was fun.
Q: Who won? Offense or defense?
We did not keep score but we like to think we won as a team. So we both won.
Q: I was going to ask because when you say “we” you are playing offense and defense right?
I only played offense yesterday. It went well, we moved the ball. The defense did well at times stopping us. So I think it was probably an even match.
Q: How is the two-way experiment going? Are you still playing defense or is it 100% offense now?
The first week I was switching off everyday. Right now, the past couple of days I have been sticking at quarterback. I think Coach Harbaugh has a plan as to what I am going to be doing the next week or so. It is too be determined.
Q: They have not told you yet? Do they just put a white jersey or a red jersey in your locker room and that is what you wear? (Chuckle)
Exactly! That is exactly what happens. I find the red or white jersey and that is what I put on and come out and play.
Q: How was the adjustment to safety going?
I think I was catching on. Coach Mason and Coach Polian and all the other DBs did a great job of helping me out with the technique and the fundamentals. I think especially toward the end of last spring I was really catching on. And in this fall camp I think I was doing a pretty good job. But the past couple of days I have been doing quarterback and sticking there.
Q: What is your favorite part of playing safety?
Hitting someone instead of being hit, being the aggressor, picking off passes, being the quarterback of the defense. I think defense has a little bit more of an aggressive attitude which is pretty exciting sometimes compared to quarterback where you have to be calm, cool and collected. I like it.
Q: You are playing quarterback now and it looks like you are the backup. The last time you were on the field in a game was two years ago, how is the progression of your game?
I think even though it was two years ago for a game I still got all the mental reps. I was there for every meeting. As far as the offense, I have that pretty down pat. My knee feels great. The receivers are doing great. The line is doing great. Everything is just kind of moving forward. I am happy about where I am at. I am looking forward to this year.
Q: How is your arm and your passing game?
I think it is doing pretty well. I threw a touchdown yesterday. I almost had two. No interceptions, but still a lot to improve. I need to work on accuracy and trusting my throws. I think right now I am doing a pretty good job.
Q: It has to help in terms of trusting your throws, you have a pretty good receiving core our there now?
It is great. Jemari (Roberts) and Jamal (Patterson) are really coming along. (Ryan) Whalen, (Chris) Owusu, Doug Baldwin, all of them are stepping up and making us look good. We can’t complain too much.