The Daily breaks down the prospects for Stanford’s top graduating players hoping to have their names called this weekend
With the NFL Combine over, the Stanford football team’s pro day in late March and the NFL Draft not until April, you’d think this would be a good time for head coach David Shaw to focus on the 2012 Cardinal, not the players moving on to the NFL
At any level of football, attrition is the story of every team’s season. Players get hurt. Coaches agonize over position battles. Fans speculate about who will fill the voids left by others…. But for the Cardinal, sometimes it’s not a problem of talent but a problem of economics–supply doesn’t meet demand–and that means a player has to change positions in order to make a necessary difference for a team that’s in contention for a national championship.
When the sun rises on a duck hunt, you can only see the shadows. Their wings hum, barely audible in the cold. But you know the birds are there, circling you, waiting.
He pulled off the greatest statistical upset in college football history over four years ago, became a significant contributor to the turnaround of the Stanford program and has already spent a full season as a volunteer assistant for the squad. But believe it or not, Tavita Pritchard still has a lot to learn about football.
With those two calls, the first-year head coach appeared to answer one of the biggest questions that Stanford faced coming into the 2011 season: would the team’s tough attitude stay the same as it had been under former coach Jim Harbaugh? The answer is yes.
After a week away from game action, the Stanford football team finally returns to work at home this Saturday against UCLA, hoping to pick up right where it left off and continue the nation’s longest winning streak.
It put an explosive finishing touch on one of Stanford’s best defensive performances in recent memory. It marked the start of a season that would nearly double the number of turnovers that went in Stanford’s favor. It demonstrated definitively that the Cardinal secondary would be a force to be reckoned with.
And it almost didn’t happen.