After concentrating on conditioning for the last few weeks, the Stanford football team will finally be back in spring practice from Monday, with players ready to start competing for key places in next season’s starting lineup.
Recruiting analysis is an inherently hypocritical business. In a good year, we write about all these highly ranked players that will change our team’s future; in a bad year, we just complain that recruiting rankings are worthless anyway.
Not that he really needs one as he heads for fame and fortune in the NFL, but I owe Zach Ertz a bit of an apology. Last May, I wrote that a tight end would be Stanford football’s next breakout player — but I chose Levine Toilolo over his fellow senior Ertz. I argued that the 6-foot-8-inch Toilolo’s height would make him an ideal target for whatever inaccurate quarterback replaced Andrew Luck, while Ertz would continue to thrive on underneath slant routes as an occasional contributor like he had in 2011.
Just four months after many expected him to be the next face of Stanford football, backup quarterback Brett Nottingham is transferring. A University spokesperson confirmed Nottingham’s departure after Saturday’s practice. The junior will not be with the team for the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. Nottingham was Andrew Luck’s primary backup last season, appearing…
Stanford (7-2, 6-1 Pac-12) weathered a 23-point run by the Beavers (7-2, 5-2) and Hogan rallied the offense with two second-half touchdowns as the No. 14 Cardinal knocked off No. 11 Oregon State to set up a very important showdown with No. 3 Oregon next from Eugene.
On a chilly, rainy day in Corvallis, Ore. around this time last year, Andrew Luck didn’t need to be in his usual flawless form for Stanford to drop lowly Oregon State 38-13. It might have been a trap game for the Cardinal, but it was the Beavers who were left trapped when the four quarters…
Stanford’s football team has arrived at Murder’s Row. Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA, the last three opponents of the regular season, are a combined 15-3 in conference and 23-3 overall. That’s a tiny bit better than Stanford’s previous two opponents, Washington State and Colorado, who had one win combined, and that was only because they had to play each other.
Stanford head coach David Shaw confirmed today at his weekly press conference and in the official depth chart that Kevin Hogan will start at quarterback on Saturday when Stanford takes on Oregon State.