This year was supposed to be the transition season. Optimists hoped Stanford would be competitive enough in big games and good enough in winnable ones to end up in a solid bowl game and keep a bit of momentum from the Luck era. All Stanford needed was a solid season to keep recruits until quarterbacks Dallas Lloyd and Ryan Burns were ready to lead Stanford back to glory.
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.
As the spring sport season winds down, it’s time for the sports sides of our brains to start drifting back to their cherished equilibrium: college football. So with midterms and no Sharks hockey to distract me (five more months and counting…) I found myself sifting through YouTube for the last few years of Cardinal football highlights. Let me rephrase that—I found myself sifting through YouTube for the last few years of Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck highlights.
So here I am again, writing a sports column for The Daily, roughly three and a half years after my last sports column ran