As is tradition, people are sure to question whether they can maintain the standard set by their predecessors — many will likely doubt them with the departures of Garnett and Murphy. As is tradition, they’re set to prove everyone wrong.
For Stanford football, it all starts with the offensive line. And for the offensive line, it all starts with power.
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.”
There was no proof that Harbaugh’s model would work, no tangible evidence that a football team with a reputation as soft would become one of the toughest in the country. But that didn’t stop the players in his locker room from latching on.
The 36-10 loss to Washington State put Stanford at 0-4 and changed the question from, “Will Stanford make a bowl?” to, “Can this team win a game?” And that’s when Harris lost the team.
The Daily is proud to announce its upcoming book, “Rags to Roses: The Rise of Stanford Football,” by Joseph Beyda, George Chen and Sam Fisher.