Going into Saturday’s matchup in Salt Lake City, the Stanford Cardinal owns an active winning streak against 11 of the 12 teams in the Pacific-12 conference. From blowouts like the dismantling of Washington State at CenturyLink Field two weeks ago to nail-biters like the overtime thriller against Oregon at Autzen last season, the Cardinal has seen it all in its most recent trip around its conference.
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.
AJ Tarpley and partner-in-crime Shayne Skov act as the “middle men” of the defense on game day, as Tarpley relays important information to the secondary and Skov communicates with the line.
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.
Recruiting analysis is an inherently hypocritical business. In a good year, we write about all these highly ranked players that will change our team’s future; in a bad year, we just complain that recruiting rankings are worthless anyway.