The National Football League announced their invitations to the 2019 Combine today, including seven Stanford football players in their list of 338 total prospects. The Combine, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a yearly event for NFL scouts to evaluate and interview potential draft prospects. The Stanford players invited cover a variety of offensive and defensive positions, including wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, running back Bryce Love, offensive lineman Nate Herbig, tight end Kaden Smith, linebacker Bobby Okereke, cornerback Alijah Holder and punter Jake Bailey.
“It’s not a beauty contest,” said Stanford head coach David Shaw, “it’s a football game and thankfully, we were able to win it.”
With offensive explosions in the first and fourth quarters bookending a stagnation of scoring in the second and third, Stanford football (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) hoisted the Axe and claimed its ninth straight Big Game victory over the California Golden Bears (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) this past Saturday by a score of 23-13. Coming off of a two-game win streak and sporting a Pac-12 leading defense, Cal may have had its best chance in years to surprise the Cardinal and snap a nearly decade-long streak of Big Game dominance, but came up short in a defensive standoff.
This past Saturday, the Stanford football team (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) headed down to Los Angeles to face off against a top in-state rival – the UCLA Bruins (3-9, 3-6) – and took the game with a final score of 49-42. After crushing Oregon State at home earlier in the month, the team was riding a wave of high-octane offensive production led by junior quarterback KJ Costello. Costello has been the driving force of the team since the first game of the season, filling in as the team’s centerpiece for Bryce Love, who has been unable to recapture his former dominance during this season.
After a three game losing streak, Stanford football (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) rebounded with a 48-17 victory over Oregon State (2-8, 1-6) on Senior Night. With the win, the Cardinal become bowl eligible for a program-record tenth straight year.
The first half of Stanford football’s 27-23 road loss to Washington last week was nightmarish. The Huskies scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead, junior quarterback KJ Costello threw two costly interceptions, and senior wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside- Stanford’s best player- went down with an ankle injury that knocked him out for the rest of the game and has him sidelined this week against Oregon State. Indeed, that miserable half was a microcosm of the horrendous past month and half for the Cardinal. Since then-seventh ranked Stanford beat Oregon in an overtime thriller on September 22nd, the Cardinal have lost four of five games and have fallen from the College Football Playoff discussion into a discussion about whether or not they will make a bowl game.
For the final time, Stanford football’s (5-4, 3-3 Pac-12) seniors will suit up in Stanford Stadium to take on Oregon State (2-7, 1-5) Saturday night. Stanford has won the last eight meetings against the Beavers.
After an agonizing loss to Washington State at home, Stanford football (5-4, 3-3 Pac-12) headed to face Washington (7-3, 5-2) knowing that its shot at the Pac-12 title hung in the balance. The team arrived in Seattle this past Saturday coming off of their best offensive performance of the season against Wazzu, and headed to the Husky Stadium locker room at halftime without a point on the scoreboard, down 21-0.