There are many great people involved with Stanford Athletics, and The Daily Sports Staff interacts with a large percentage of them. In honor of the top-10 issue, the following is a list of The Daily Sports Staff’s top 10 favorite people to interview.
Senior center Conor McFadden, a former walk-on from Sunfish Lake, Minn., will be in uniform for the last time as a member of the Cardinal when he takes the field on Jan. 1 for the 100th Rose Bowl Game. A day later, McFadden heads home to Minnesota to begin a very different challenge in his first full-time job: working for his father Mike McFadden’s senate campaign.
If there’s one position group on the Stanford football team that prides itself on accomplishing its task as a nameless, faceless unit, it’s the Tunnel Workers Union. But if you’re looking for some of the team’s most distinct personalities, that very same offensive line is a good place to start.
70 to 80 Cardinal football players are employed every summer, working in fields from real estate and finance to medicine and biotech. In the six weeks between the end of spring quarter and the start of fall training camp, the players witness everything from boardroom deals to open-heart surgeries.
While Cardinal fans will have to wait an extra week to see their team kick off its highly anticipated 2013 campaign, head coach David Shaw provided a clear picture of who will take the field first when Stanford hosts San Jose State on Sept. 7.
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.
For the players donning cardinal red shoulder pads at Stanford’s Dan Elliott Practice Field and the coaches overseeing them, the fun is just beginning.
For Stanford football, it all starts with the offensive line. And for the offensive line, it all starts with power.