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Trent Edwards

Virtual reality for QBs: Stanford football at the forefront

STANFORD, Calif. Trent Edwards, who played quarterback for Stanford a decade ago, is back in the huddle again. Or so it seems. He's actually standing on the stage of a campus lecture hall and showing an audience of leading Silicon Valley sports minds the future of football.

Edwards is wearing a virtual reality headset and everything he sees through his goggles is projected onto a big screen. A wave of "whoas" and "no ways" ripples through the crowd as the quarterback turns to his right and his left. Improbably, it looks and sounds as if Edwards is in the middle of a live Stanford practice.

The quarterback scans the defensive formation, pauses as...