Harrison, Traverso suspended from spring practice

Updated: April 5, 2006, 8:55 PM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards and receiver Evan Moore have both recovered enough from serious injuries suffered last year to be able to participate in spring practice when it opens Friday.

The news is not so good for defensive end Pannel Egboh, strong safety Brandon Harrison and tight end Matt Traverso. Egboh continues to rehab a broken leg, while Harrison and Traverso have been suspended from spring practice "due to conduct inconsistent with the goals of the Stanford football program," Cardinal coach Walt Harris read from a prepared statement on Wednesday.

Harrison started all 11 games last year and was third on the team with 67 tackles. Traverso started nine games and caught 19 passes for 233 yards. He caught a touchdown pass from backup T.C. Ostrander in the final game of the season, a 38-31 loss to Notre Dame.

Harris said both Harrison and Traverso will be with the team through spring, and could rejoin the team in the fall.

"It's up to them," Harris said. "They built a challenging road for themselves. I want to stress that this is not a university issue. It is a Stanford football program thing."

Harris declined to comment further on the two players.

Edwards, who threw for 1,934 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, was knocked out of the last two games of his junior year with an injury to his throwing arm. Moore, an agile 6-7, 235-pounder who played with the Stanford basketball team as a freshman, missed the season with a separated shoulder.

"I anticipate him being healthy," Harris said of Edwards. "His arm is feeling much improved. Evan Moore has taken a negative and turned it into a positive. He went through the realization that there was a legitimate chance he'd never play football again. That affected his outlook and attitude in regards for his body. He has done a tremendous amount of work to improve his body, especially his flexibility and that will have a positive affect on his ability to play wide receiver."

Egboh's spring will be severely restricted after he broke his leg against the Irish.

"I'm very pleased with his progress," Harris said. "He's done a nice job of rehabbing and he's blessed physically. We're excited about his ability."

The defensive secondary will suffer during the spring. Not only is Harrison out, but backup Bo McNally is also questionable. Wopamo Osaisai, who played in all 11 games as a cornerback last year, quit the football team to concentrate on track and field. Osaisai won the 100 meters last weekend in the Stanford Invitational.

Stanford will hold its annual Cardinal-White spring game on April 29.

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