Stanford’s alumni made their mark in Week 1 of NFL play. Despite injury concerns sidelining several players, the majority of former Cardinal saw playing time this past weekend, including high-caliber performances from quarterback Andrew Luck, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and linebacker Blake Martinez.
This post has been updated to reflect the practice squad signings of Ben Gardner, Ed Reynolds and Aziz Shittu. With NFL teams announcing final cuts on Sunday, five members of Stanford’s 2016 class have successfully made the transition from Saturday to Sunday nights and find themselves on NFL 53-man rosters, bringing the number of former Cardinal in…
On Saturday, Stanford football closed out the first chunk of its 2014 schedule — a three-game homestand — with a 35-0 victory over West Point. With a quarter of the season now complete, we asked football writers Michael Peterson, Winston Shi and Jordan Wallach: Which player or position group has been the most impressive overall for the Card, and the performance of which player or position group has been the biggest surprise (either good or bad)?
Adding to an ever-expanding presence in the NFL, four members of Stanford football’s 2014 class survived training camp cuts and made a 53-man roster, raising the total number of former Cardinal players in the league to 22. Rookies Trent Murphy (Washington), David Yankey (Minnesota), Cameron Fleming (New England) and Ryan Hewitt (Cincinnati) succeeded in earning…
During drives in 2012 the Cardinal sometimes used more tight ends than wide receivers, and only at Tight End U could a player be named to the John Mackey Award watch list without a single reception.
For tight end Zach Ertz ‘13, big games are just big opportunities to shine.
Ertz recorded his first career two-touchdown game, catching the second and third touchdowns of his young career to power the Eagles to a critical 24-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, who had previously won four games in a row. The win allowed the Eagles to keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. Ertz finished as the Eagles’ leading receiver on the day with five receptions for 68 yards in one of the biggest games of the Eagles’ season thus far.
Sunday was a big day for Stanford’s big guys around the NFL. Coby Fleener ’11 caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, Zach Ertz ’13 snagged two passes for 58 yards, Jim Dray ’10 grabbed five passes for 31 yards and Levine Toilolo ’13 recorded his first NFL reception for a 4-yard gain in an eventful week for former Stanford tight ends.
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.