Stanford football defensive end Ben Gardner, outside linebacker Trent Murphy, inside linebacker Shayne Skov and left guard David Yankey were voted captains by their teammates on Wednesday night. The three defenders, all fifth-year seniors, tied in the vote for defensive captain, marking the first time that the Cardinal will field three captains on one side of the ball.
Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson were part of the Cardinal’s five-man stable of backs that replaced Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart in 2010, and head coach David Shaw has indicated that he will use five running backs per game in 2013 as well to fill in for Stepfan Taylor.
True freshman quarterback Ryan Burns may have accounted for the team’s only points, but the Cardinal offense showed off its depth in Stanford’s open scrimmage on Saturday morning, converting three fourth downs and spreading the ball around at halfback and wide receiver.
It’s been a sluggish evening for the Stanford offense. The Cardinal has turned the ball over three times, and even though it has gained more than 400 yards, it only has a single touchdown to show for its efforts. Nothing is coming easy — it never does, here at Autzen Stadium.
For Stanford football, it all starts with the offensive line. And for the offensive line, it all starts with power.
The Daily is proud to announce its upcoming book, “Rags to Roses: The Rise of Stanford Football,” by Joseph Beyda, George Chen and Sam Fisher.
Stanford football announced the times for two of its 2013 home games on Wednesday—the home opener against San Jose State and its marquee matchup with fellow-Pac-12 North-favorite Oregon.