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April 4, 2011
Harbaugh watches Iowa QB; Niners find a new radio voice

Jim Harbaugh was one of the NFL evaluators on hand today to watch Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi work out on the school's campus, according to the National Football Post. Stanzi, who played in the Hawkeyes' pro-style offense the last three years, has had two campus workouts. The first on March 21 coincided with the owners' meeting in New Orleans, which head coaches were required to attend. So the school set up a second session today.

Stanzi threw for 3,004 yards last season, and he may be the most polished of all of the quarterbacks coming out in the draft. He's got a quick release and makes good decisions having thrown 25 touchdowns against six interceptions last season. However, he does not have the athleticism - something Harbaugh covets - or the arm strength of other prospects. It should be noted that Harbaugh and Stanzi are represented by the same agent, Jack Bechta. (In fact, Harbaugh had two agents when he was hired by the 49ers in January, Bechta and David Dunn, who also represents Jake Locker).

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Eric Davis is in as the 49ers new radio color commentator, the team announced today. That means Gary Plummer, who has handled those duties since 1998, is out. Davis, a second-round pick by the 49ers in 1990, has been the color commentator on the 49ers preseason television broadcasts the last three seasons.

Davis will pair with play-by-play man Ted Robinson who, in a release from the team, said "I've appreciated (Davis') ability to understand and connect with today's player. Our fans are going to benefit tremendously, hearing that passion and knowledge come through on a weekly basis on the 49ers radio network."

According to a source, one reason for the move is that Davis lives in the Bay Area and therefore is more available to perform other functions. Plummer lives in San Diego. Plummer has not yet been reached for comment.

The team also announced that Melissa Galvin will replace Kim Yonenaka as co-host of the team's weekly magazine show, 49ers Total Access. Galvin, a former 49ers cheerleader, has been a reporter for 49ers Total Access since 2008. She will join host Joe Fonzi.

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Fans now can register for the 49ers' annual draft party at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The event, free in previous years, costs $2 this year with all proceeds going to help disaster relief efforts in Japan.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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