Henry Anderson, A.J. Tarpley, Alex Carter, Jordan Richards, Kevin Hogan, Ty Montgomery, Graham Shuler, and Jordan Williamson, and are the eight members of the Stanford football team named to the initial watch lists of the 2014 season. Anderson, Tarpley, Carter and Richards were selected as candidates for the Bednarik Award, as Stanford had the most…
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?
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?
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.
On Monday afternoon, Stanford football officially announced that veteran Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina had been hired for the same position on the Farm.
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.
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.
With the regular season drawing to a close this Saturday against Notre Dame, No. 8 Stanford finishes the season in extremely good health.