In the history of the NFL, one would be hard-pressed to find a position that has undergone as many changes as fullbacks. Once the superstars of the league and led by dynamic Hall of Famers like Jim Taylor and Jim Brown, just 14 of the 32 NFL teams held a fullback on the active roster, according to Over The Cap, last October. Despite the fullback’s steady decline at the professional level, senior Houston Heimuli was not deterred from trying the position in high school.
Although Pac-12 football won’t return until November, multiple other Power 5 conferences kicked off their football seasons this weekend. In the process, two former Cardinal players suited up for the first time to represent their new schools.
Six years of work and hundreds of interviews later, the work of Jason Cole ’84 culminates in “Elway: A Relentless Life,” the first detailed biography of John Elway ’83. The book, set to be released on Sept. 15, documents the life of one of the most prolific quarterbacks to play for the Cardinal and in the NFL.
The Cardinal women’s lightweight rowing squad won its fifth straight Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) team title in June 2019, winning both the Varsity Eight and Varsity Four Grand Finals. Despite the fact that the team is also one of the most successful in recent Stanford Athletics history, the lightweight team is now facing cancellation.
Only a few men’s rowers made it to the last-minute Zoom webinar with Athletic Director Bernard Muir last month. Some learned of the news through an old GroupMe chat shortly after, and others were in the dark until the University released an official announcement minutes later.
Last season, Stanford field hockey went into overtime in four games. Despite the exhaustion, the Cardinal were victorious twice. As an underdog from the West Coast, the Cardinal upset then-No. 7 Michigan in early September and then beat Maine in a shootout in the American East Conference Semifinals in November.
On Saturday, redshirt junior Ben Hallock won the 2020 Peter J. Cutino Award for the second consecutive season. The award is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate water polo player.
Redshirt freshman Shane Griffith continues to garner accolades following his impressive first season wrestling with Stanford. Griffith was named the Amateur Wrestling News Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.
Ty Montgomery, a former wide receiver and return specialist for the Cardinal, will join his fourth NFL team in six seasons. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints on Friday after the New York Jets did not renew his contract.
Former Stanford and Chicago Bears tight end Ryan Wetnight passed away last Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 49 years old. Playing for the Cardinal for two seasons in 1991 and 1992, the Fresno, California, native caught 27 passes for 402 yards and one touchdown.
Stanford senior Emily Delleman, junior Maria Kent and sophomore Kelsey McGinley were among the 41 collegiate women selected for the women’s openweight U23 national team camp in Iowa City.
Three Cardinal men were honored last week with invitations to USRowing’s under-23 national team selection camp. Junior Nikita Lilichenko and sophomores Peter Chatain and James Wright were among the 24 collegiate athletes selected for the men’s openweight camp.
Though the men’s volleyball team only went 6-11 (2-4 MPSF) in a shortened season, junior opposite hitter Jaylen Jasper was awarded honorable mention All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the third straight season.
For the seventh straight season, Stanford women’s golf was awarded multiple All-American honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. Sophomore Aline Krauter and freshman Angelina Ye were each recognized with second-team All-American selections on Tuesday.