Senior quarterback Josh Nunes, who started the first nine games of Stanford’s 2012 Rose Bowl campaign, and senior fullback Geoff Meinken, a pounding blocker in 2011 before missing all of 2012 with an injury, announced their retirements from college football on Monday morning.
This week I’m going to try something different. This column isn’t coming to you from a one-room double in Lantana or the Terman Engineering Library in Huang, but from the Main Quad, empty on a Tuesday morning save for the chirps of birds and the laughs of tourists. (One just gave me a thumbs up!)
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.
Not that he really needs one as he heads for fame and fortune in the NFL, but I owe Zach Ertz a bit of an apology. Last May, I wrote that a tight end would be Stanford football’s next breakout player — but I chose Levine Toilolo over his fellow senior Ertz. I argued that the 6-foot-8-inch Toilolo’s height would make him an ideal target for whatever inaccurate quarterback replaced Andrew Luck, while Ertz would continue to thrive on underneath slant routes as an occasional contributor like he had in 2011.
Stanford (7-2, 6-1 Pac-12) weathered a 23-point run by the Beavers (7-2, 5-2) and Hogan rallied the offense with two second-half touchdowns as the No. 14 Cardinal knocked off No. 11 Oregon State to set up a very important showdown with No. 3 Oregon next from Eugene.