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Wednesday roundtable: Which 2014 recruit will make biggest impact?

Stanford football has continued to develop the long-term future of its program by translating its on-the-field success to victories on the recruiting trail as well, netting what ESPN ranked as the 15th-best recruiting class in the nation for 2014. Although they have not yet started practicing with the team and will arrive on campus in about eight weeks, we thought that it was never too early to start thinking about these newcomers. We asked football writers Michael Peterson, Vihan Lakshman and David Cohn: Which of the freshmen of the incoming class is primed to make the biggest immediate impact?

Wednesday roundtable: Positional previews

At this past Saturday’s Cardinal & White Spring Game, the defense looked much more prepared than the offense despite large turnover at the positions, coaching changes and missing contributors on the defense and significant experience at the skill positions on the offense. With that in mind, we asked football writers Michael Peterson, Vihan Lakshman and David Cohn: What position grouping’s continued development will be the most critical in order for the Cardinal to be successful this season?

Defense flexes muscles, depth in Spring Game

It’s a headline that Stanford Cardinal fans around the country have become quite accustomed to: Stanford defense dominates opposing offense. Unfortunately for Stanford, it was its own offense that the defense was able to stymie on Saturday at the annual Cardinal & White Spring Game, as an experienced receiving corps and a highly touted offensive line weren’t able to overcome a defense that was lacking key contributors, with the offense falling to the defense by a lopsided final score of 47-23.

Peterson: Don’t write off Stanford football just yet

There may not be a more daunting task in sports than following greatness. Every legend that has ever graced a sports field leaves at some point, either to join another team or to call it a career. The athletes that replace these legends are charged not only with stepping into an important role for quite possibly their first time but filling the vacant gap left by a superstar and the expectations that come along with it.

Cardinal and Irish clash in regular season finale

Nerd Nation remembers when Notre Dame stopped running back Stepfan Taylor ’13 inches short of the goal line to hand Stanford a heartbreaking 20-13 overtime loss in rainy South Bend. Nerd Nation remembers Irish fans rushing the field after the officials announced — in what was one of the most controversial rulings of the 2012 college football season — that the call stood. Outside linebacker Chase Thomas ’12 called it one of the toughest losses of his career, on par with the Fiesta Bowl loss.