With Stanford football opening the season against a massive underdog in UC-Davis, which went only 5-7 in FCS play last year, the result of the game is really all but certain, barring a miraculous performance from UC-Davis reminiscent of Appalachian State defeating Michigan in 2007. We asked football writers Joseph Beyda, Vihan Lakshman and David…
Stanford football released its depth chart on Monday morning for the Aug. 30 season opener against UC-Davis, with senior Kelsey Young and junior Blake Martinez slotted to start at running back and inside linebacker, respectively. Young missed part of training camp with an ankle injury but returned late last week, and beat out junior Barry J. Sanders for…
Henry Anderson, David Parry and Blake Lueders, the three fifth-year seniors expected to start up front for Stanford this season, will need to help bring along the backup defensive linemen the Cardinal sorely need after an injury-riddled 2013.
It’s strange to think that the vaunted Stanford Cardinal defense that has been the driving force behind the success of the last two years might be the unit with the most questions moving forward into the new season. But with Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy — the heart and soul of the 2013 defense — graduating and Ed Reynolds leaving for the NFL Draft, there are many more questions than answers at the moment for the planners of the #PartyInTheBackfield.
Despite a dominant defense and a thunderous running game, Stanford football’s most successful unit last season might have been its special teams.
The game of the year has finally arrived. Unfortunately, only one of the two teams held up its end of the bargain in going undefeated up to this point, and that has pretty seriously detracted from the hype around this matchup.
It’s always hard to swallow the ups and downs of a football season until it’s over. It took until after the 2011 Orange Bowl for us to understand just how good Stanford was; it took until after the 2012 Fiesta Bowl for us to realize just how much we would miss Andrew Luck and the rest of his class.
The tremors from fifth-year senior and defensive captain Ben Gardner’s season-ending injury reverberated around the practice field this week as a banged-up team and defensive line attempted to move forward without Gardner.
“Ben’s going to be out at every practice,” said head coach David Shaw. “He’s still a team captain and still wants to be a leader, so he’s going to be around and helping the guys.”