70 to 80 Cardinal football players are employed every summer, working in fields from real estate and finance to medicine and biotech. In the six weeks between the end of spring quarter and the start of fall training camp, the players witness everything from boardroom deals to open-heart surgeries.
As the Cardinal lined up for third-and-1, a Trojan defensive lineman spoke up to senior center Chase Beeler. “If you guys run power one more time, I’m done,” he said. “I’m subbing myself out.”
Not many college football teams in the nation can lose an offensive guard and tackle to the first two rounds of the NFL Draft and still boast a robust offensive line. Stanford is one of the few teams that can. The Cardinal can thank some newly arrived and much-hyped freshmen for that. Heralded as the focal point of the best recruiting class in school history, the Stanford freshman offensive linemen have more than lived up to expectations thus far in preseason camp.
A mix of 2011 and 2010 Stanford football alumni will take part in the Cardinal’s pro timing day on March 17. The athletes will take part in drills in front of numerous NFL coaches and scouts; last year, 30 of the league’s 32 teams were in attendance.
Arizona State needs to win out in order to become bowl eligible, since two of its four victories are over FCS teams and, per NCAA rules, only one of those wins can count toward bowl eligibility. Given the Sun Devils’ desperation, this weekend’s matchup could have the makings of a classic “letdown game” for Stanford…