One former Cardinal football player moved onto an NFL roster while another was waived from a roster on Tuesday as the San Diego Chargers signed defensive end/linebacker Thomas Keiser off of their practice squad and the San Francisco 49ers waived fullback Owen Marecic.
As a Stanford graduate, it should perhaps come as no surprise that the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman ’10 likes to obsessively study his opponents’ tendencies prior to games.
One of the coolest things about being a college football fan is watching former players from your respective school succeed in the pros. It doesn’t matter which franchise a Stanford alumnus is playing for; I’ll almost always cheer him on.
If the media reports are to be believed, the San Francisco 49ers have no hope of accomplishing anything of note during this NFL season.
Some games mean more than others. For Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ’12, Sunday’s matchup against the 49ers was one of those important games. After being coached by Jim Harbaugh for three years at Stanford, Luck defeated his former coach in their first matchup against one another, with the Colts prevailing 27-7 over the 49ers…
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.
As the NFL regular season kicks off tonight, an eventful summer and preseason for former Stanford players concludes. After the final cuts, 20 former Stanford players made a 53-man roster across 14 different NFL franchises, including four players with Indianapolis and two each with Seattle, Arizona and Cincinnati. In addition, four players (Thomas Keiser, Matthew Masifilo, Chris Owusu and Michael Thomas) were cut but now currently reside on practice squads.
Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson were part of the Cardinal’s five-man stable of backs that replaced Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart in 2010, and head coach David Shaw has indicated that he will use five running backs per game in 2013 as well to fill in for Stepfan Taylor.