In the three weeks since the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, Stanford football has seen its fair share of change. That change will be toughest to overcome in three main phases: coaching, current personnel and recruiting.
Stanford quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Mike Sanford, who also serves as the Cardinal’s recruiting coordinator, has been hired by Boise State to be the Broncos’ next offensive coordinator, in a move originally reported by Football Scoop. Sanford is expected to coach the Cardinal in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1 against Michigan State, according to Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman.
It’s the elephant in the film room of Stanford’s opponents — a formation so big and heavy that offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren can almost feel the ground shake when he sends it out onto the field.
Few short-yardage formations in college football are as intimidating as the Cardinal’s 3,200-pound behemoth. As if the seven offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage aren’t enough for a defense to handle, there’s two more 300-pounders in the backfield as well, forming a triangle with the running back.
So unless the offense wants to run Spider 3 Y Banana with fullback Ryan Hewitt on every passing play, the proverbial light better come on fast for the receivers. It’s clear, though, that the group has taken the first step toward accomplishing its goal by eagerly taking up the gauntlet.
Stanford’s unexpected 2012 Rose Bowl run can, in large part, be pinned on a handful of breakout players: quarterback Kevin Hogan, safeties Ed Reynolds and Jordan Richards and wide receiver Kelsey Young. With all four of those performers now established at their positions, we asked Daily football beat writers Joseph Beyda, George Chen and Sam Fisher: Who will be Stanford’s biggest unexpected contributor in 2013?
It’s late in the fourth quarter of the 2012 Pac-12 Championship Game. On the rain-soaked field, Stanford has the ball at its own 28-yard line with less than five minutes left in the game, facing a third-and-2 and desperately clinging to a three-point lead. An eager UCLA defense, with no more timeouts to spare, looks to get the ball back into the hands of Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley.
Confirming speculations that the open offensive coordinator position would be an internal hire, head coach David Shaw officially announced today that Run-Game Coordinator Mike Bloomgren will take over as Stanford football’s new Andrew Luck Director of Offense.
Football Head Coach David Shaw was named the 2012 Pac-12 Coach of the Year on Monday when the conference awards were announced—24 players earned individual honors as well. In just his second year as Stanford’s head coach, Shaw has now won the award for two straight years. Only three other coaches in conference history have earned the honor in back-to-back seasons.