A year ago, promising experience gave way to a disappointing 2011 for Stanford’s defensive backs. Things couldn’t be more different this preseason.
With the Stanford football team opening its first spring practice session on Monday afternoon, head coach David Shaw sat down with the media on Thursday to discuss some of the major changes for the Cardinal this offseason, most notably on the coaching staff.
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.
After falling flat on the national stage last weekend, the Cardinal looks to regain its feet against Cal, which is riding a two-game win streak and looking to spoil the Cardinal’s BCS hopes in its last Pac-12 game of the year.
After watching its perfect season — and the nation’s longest win streak — fall apart on Saturday against Oregon, the No. 9 Cardinal has to find a way to deal with the unfamiliar letter “L” on its record.
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.
The Cardinal promoted Pep Hamilton from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator. He will also coach quarterbacks. Derek Mason, who coached defensive backs last season and will retain that responsibility, was promoted to associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator.
An offseason of turnover is seemingly over, as the Stanford football team finalized its coaching hires on Wednesday. The Cardinal announced several long-expected moves that shake up the staff on both sides of the ball…