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Football preview: For outside linebacker Kevin Anderson, reward for hard work is finally in sight

It’s 8 a.m. on a sunny, brisk Monday morning in mid-July. Most of the Stanford campus is fast asleep at this time of the morning during the school year. In the summer, it’s eerily silent. But on the practice football field, redshirt freshman outside linebacker Kevin Anderson is already an hour into the team run, with half an hour still remaining.

Football: Monte Vista High School sends a pool of talent to Stanford football

Located in the heart of the San Ramon Valley in Danville, Calif., Monte Vista (or MV, for short) has long been a hotbed not for Stanford, but for its rival from the East Bay. Cal coach Jeff Tedford resides in the town and Berkeley coaches have been a fixture at the Mustangs’ practices and games. But when Whalen, who received offers almost exclusively from schools at the FCS level, chose to become a member of the Cardinal, he set off a chain of events that have led Stanford to create an imprint at Monte Vista.