For the Cardinal rushing attack, which has been so reliable for head coach David Shaw and his coaching staff in recent years, the question will be whether juniors Bryce Love and Cameron Scarlett can be the 1-2 punch out of the backfield that will keep defenses honest about Stanford’s ability to dominate the running game.
The 2017 college football season is nearly upon us and Stanford special teams will see plenty of new faces and some returning ones, too. Stanford will have to replace special team savants Conrad Ukropina and Christian McCaffrey but coach Pete Alamar is up to the task.
Despite missing starting quarterback Keller Chryst and running back Bryce Love to rehabilitation, the annual spring football game featured a display of young talent for the Cardinal (offense) on the running game in their 37-30 victory over the White (defense) while senior QB Ryan Burns strengthened his case for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart with 10-15, including a 38-yard seam TD pass to sophomore Donald Stewart.
A Cardinal defense which had given up 86 points to two Washington teams in the past two weeks finally came together, as a pick-six from sophomore Quenton Meeks kickstarted a second-half rally that would end in a 17-10 victory for the Cardinal (4-2, 3-2 Pac-12) over Notre Dame (2-5) in a turnover-laden game in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday.
With Stanford’s season opener against Kansas State looming, a few members of The Daily Sports Staff — Vihan Lakshman (VL), Michael Peterson (MP), Sanjay Srinivas (SS), Andrew Mather (AM), Do-Hyoung Park (DHP), Nicky Sullivan (NS) and Alexa Philippou (AO) — provided their predictions on how the Cardinal will fare this season and which teams will emerge as among the top in the nation.
Launching into their full-on game week routine, on Sunday the Stanford Cardinal released their depth chart for the season-opening tilt against the visiting Kansas State Wildcats, providing further clarity as to the state of a number of fierce position battles during training camp. Unlike last season when the Cardinal made liberal use of the “OR” designation…
The Cardinal have one of the most talented backfields in the entire nation—a Diet Coke-Mentos type of combination that looks poised to erupt in the face of any defense in its path.
Stanford Daily football writers Vihan Lakshman and Michael Peterson breakdown Saturday’s Spring Game, which saw the Cardinal offense beat the defense 42-31. How did the quarterbacks look? Did either Burns or Chryst gain any separation on Saturday? Vihan Lakshman: The final stat lines for Burns and Chryst looked eerily similar at the close of business…