With week 10 in the books, it seems as though injury plagued many of the former Cardinal in the NFL. Despite some injured players, however, Stanford was well represented by the healthy bunch, including Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey made his presence known yet again in Monday’s 45-21 win over the Miami Dolphins.…
Week 9 saw some big improvements for several Cardinals in the NFL, especially Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffrey saw more touches than usual after veteran Jonathan Stewart lost two fumbles during the first quarter. McCaffrey took advantage of the opportunity, rushing 15 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win. He also averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which marks a season-best for him. On the receiving end, McCaffrey caught five of six targets for 28 yards in Sunday’s game, recording his fifth straight game with at least five receptions.
At the beginning of the 2017 college football season, a few media outlets—Fox Sports in particular—published pieces suggesting that Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh might leave Ann Arbor and head to Indianapolis to replace the Colts’ Chuck Pagano. Skeptical at first, I’ve become more optimistic as the Colts have struggled. Though Pagano’s battle against cancer several years ago inspired many, he hasn’t performed as a head coach since, and it seems almost certain that he’ll be gone after the 2017 season. Once he’s gone, the Colts will need somebody who’s proven that they can step in and turn teams around. Josh McDaniels of the Patriots has been floated as one possibility, and although he’s a capable play-caller and offensive coordinator, his one stint as a head coach in Denver was a disappointment. Beyond McDaniels, there’s unlikely to be a whole lot of available coaching talent at the professional level. Maybe it’s time to dip into the ranks of the NCAA.
Although Kevin Hogan struggled in his start for the Browns, the rest of the Cardinal players in the NFL helped make their mark on their teams this week, despite a fair amount of losses for their teams around the league in Week 6.
Week 4 featured a couple of great performances from Solomon Thomas and Zach Ertz, but injuries have affected the seasons of several Stanford alumni.
Week 3 featured highs-and-lows for Stanford alumni in the NFL. A couple of breakout games from Christian McCaffrey and Doug Baldwin helped bring up the Stanford’s status in the NFL but players such as Zach Ertz and Richard Sherman had some head-scratching moments.
Remembering that Stanford had defeated USC in three consecutive matchups, and that night two Decembers ago where Christian McCaffrey ran rampant through the SC secondary, almost made me forget that this Cardinal team was part of a different reality. Yet reality crept back quickly in the 2nd half of Saturday’s game, resulting in a 42-24 drubbing at the hands of our Southern California rivals.
Jimmy Viglizzo is the creator and owner of Jimmy V’s sports cafe, located on the ground floor of the Arrillaga Family Sports Center. The cafe shares a wall with the Stanford Hall of Fame, making it a hot spot for Stanford athletes, coaches, and athletic staff. The cafe is open to all students and community members, boasting a wide-ranging menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner specials. As a sports cafe, Jimmy V’s is covered with eye-catching athletic memorabilia, and its walls are dotted by TVs always playing live games or Sports Center.
The Daily’s Sydney Shaw spoke with Jimmy Viglizzo to find out his story and his take on being such a large part of the Stanford athletic community.