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.
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.
Less than a week after welcoming the best recruiting class in team history, the Stanford football program was honored for its efforts, as assistant coach Lance Anderson was named the National Recruiter of the Year by Scout/FOXSportsNext.
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.
In what has become an annual tradition under coach Jim Harbaugh, the Stanford football coaches split into two sides on Saturday night and drafted rosters for the upcoming spring game…