What scholar athletes do during their summer break

Stanford football players JORDAN PRATT and BRENT SEALS had plenty on their plates this summer preparing for the 2012 season. Almost the entire team stuck around for summer conditioning to get a jump on the season opener against San Jose State.

Pratt, a sophomore wide receiver from Monmouth, Ore., and Seals, a junior safety from Chino Hills, Calif., were workout regulars. But like many teammates, they also made time to work nonpaying summer internships.

Pratt spent the summer on campus in the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building working in a lab and tracking changes in the climate and atmosphere with NOAH DIFFENBAUGH, assistant professor of environmental Earth system science, at the Woods Institute for the Environment. Pratt, who did not see action on the field as a freshman, received the Greg Piers Award for outstanding contributions to the scout team.

At 27, Pratt is the oldest player on the Cardinal team, and he’s married. Prior to arriving on the Farm, he spent eight seasons pitching in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system, advancing to Triple A in 2010. All told, he recorded a 21-19 record in 185 appearances.

Seals, who is majoring in economics, spent the summer working for Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm. Each morning, he would take the train to San Francisco and learn the ins and outs of the business by shadowing senior analysts. Late in the afternoon, he would return home and prepare for voluntary team workouts.

Seals played in four games as a freshman but did not see action in 2011. A standout in football and track at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., he was a National Achievement Scholarship and AP Scholar Award recipient and a member of the National Honor Society and California Scholastic Federation.

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