To say that the Stanford offense will have some new faces this season would be an understatement. With a new quarterback at the helm, young contributors at the wideout positions and some talented freshmen joining the offensive line, the identity of each individual component will remain uncertain until the team is tested in game situations. But the one thing that is neither new nor uncertain is the Cardinal’s unwavering trust in its running game.
Stanford football’s “Mr. Do Everything” is going to have to do even more this season. Redshirt junior fullback Ryan Hewitt more than earned that label from head coach David Shaw in 2011. He blocked dominantly for the one of the nation’s top 20 rushing attacks, pounded the ball forward in short-yardage situations and averaged three receptions a game out of the backfield.
Football: Twelve former Cardinal players taken by NFL teams, as Fleener and Whalen join Luck in Indy
While Andrew Luck and David DeCastro might have stolen the headlines as the first two Stanford players selected in the NFL draft, ten other Cardinal players officially made the leap from the Farm to the NFL over the weekend as well.
He pulled off the greatest statistical upset in college football history over four years ago, became a significant contributor to the turnaround of the Stanford program and has already spent a full season as a volunteer assistant for the squad. But believe it or not, Tavita Pritchard still has a lot to learn about football.
In a game featuring two of the nation’s top passers, the anticipated air war instead turned into the Stanford Cardinal doing its best Forrest Gump impersonation
If you went looking for running back Anthony Wilkerson in the waning moments of Stanford’s close win over Arizona State last November, you’d find him taking a seat.
He wasn’t injured or surrounded by training staff. Nor was he in the stands to watch the action after the Cardinal went ahead 17-13 with just minutes to play. Instead, he was inbounds on the Sun Devils’ 4-yard line, with the ball in his hands and not a defender in sight.