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In the eight-month offseason following Stanford football’s 2013 Rose Bowl victory, a host of questions surrounded the Cardinal offense. How would quarterback Kevin Hogan mature? When would the receivers step up? Who was going to replace Stanford’s all-time rushing leader, Stepfan Taylor? What about All-American tight end Zach Ertz? Some of those puzzles still remain unanswered, but Saturday night certainly provided satisfying clues towards solving them.
While most other Division I teams have moved away from the position entirely, Stanford has three fullbacks on its roster — and it plans to play all three of them.
When Stanford takes the field against the San Jose State Spartans in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game on Saturday, it will be doing so for the final time in the near future. Although the Bay Area rivals have played each other nearly every year dating back to the late 1940s — including eight of the last ten years — the matchup between the two teams will take a hiatus beginning next year.
After Stanford’s second day of practices in preparation for San Jose State, head coach David Shaw passed on the first notable injury news of the season: fifth-year senior fullback Ryan Hewitt was held out of practice on Tuesday and might miss Saturday’s season opener.
In my column last week, I said that Stanford football head coach David Shaw would safely be able to sit his starters by the beginning of the fourth quarter against San Jose State if he wished to do so, which at the time didn’t seem like what you would call a bold statement. Well, I obviously couldn’t have been more wrong.
Stanford football head coach David Shaw defended rookie quarterback Josh Nunes during his weekly press conference Tuesday, amidst criticism of the first-time starter’s 16-for-26, 125-yard performance against San Jose State on Friday.
Welcome back to the real world, Stanford football fans. Welcome back to the land of disgustingly tense fourth quarters, missed plays from all stretches of the roster and nearly botched games against 25-point underdogs that shouldn’t even come close to matching up with the Cardinal.