Stanford football defensive end Ben Gardner, outside linebacker Trent Murphy, inside linebacker Shayne Skov and left guard David Yankey were voted captains by their teammates on Wednesday night. The three defenders, all fifth-year seniors, tied in the vote for defensive captain, marking the first time that the Cardinal will field three captains on one side of the ball.
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.
For Stanford football, it all starts with the offensive line. And for the offensive line, it all starts with power.
Stanford football’s quest to capture a national championship began in earnest on Monday afternoon, as the Cardinal players and coaches took to the field for the first fall practice of the 2013 season.
It gets harder every single year. The end of the school year means it’s time to say goodbye to another class of Stanford student-athletes.