It gets harder every single year. The end of the school year means it’s time to say goodbye to another class of Stanford student-athletes.
Twenty-one years ago today, I became a sports fan. But growing up as a Philadelphia sports fan, not many of those 21 years were fruitful. And none were even close to as good as this past year. I’m one of the lucky ones. Each of my three years at Stanford — do I really only…
Stanford football had three former players drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft this weekend in New York City, all between the second and fifth rounds.
Heading into the draft, experts were split on whether Ertz would be a late first-round pick, potentially to the Atlanta Falcons or the San Francisco 49ers at picks No. 30 and No. 31 respectively, or an early second rounder.
But before we look ahead, we must do one final thing that all sports writers love to do: make comparisons. With the season officially over, where does 2012-2013 team rank among the best Stanford teams of all time?
It’s been a while since the Cardinal has come out on top in the Granddaddy of Them All—41 years to be exact. Tomorrow on New Year’s Day, No. 6 Stanford (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) finally has the chance to end that drought as it squares off against Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Stanford football has earned a bevy of individual recognitions since its clinched the Pac-12 Championship on Nov. 30, with senior tight end Zach Ertz becoming just the seventh unanimous All-American in Stanford history and the first tight end in college football to earn that honor since 2004.
To say that the Stanford offense will have some new faces this season would be an understatement. With a new quarterback at the helm, young contributors at the wideout positions and some talented freshmen joining the offensive line, the identity of each individual component will remain uncertain until the team is tested in game situations. But the one thing that is neither new nor uncertain is the Cardinal’s unwavering trust in its running game.