As a result, last year’s receiving corps never became productive enough to earn the trust of head coach David Shaw and the offensive playcalling. While junior Trenton Irwin emerged as a viable top candidate and led the offense in yards per game, Stanford’s passing attack ranked dead last in yards per game in the Pac-12 and often stalled when called upon come game time.
Although the final rounds of the NFL Draft came and went without former Stanford wide receivers Michael Rector and Francis Owusu hearing their names called in Philadelphia on Saturday, the pair will still be taking their talents to the National Football League after being signed as undrafted free agents Saturday.
Ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft, football analysts Jamie MacFarlane and Samuel Curry weigh in on the pro stock of this year’s top Cardinal prospects.
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Stanford (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) got off to a fast start and didn’t look back en route to a 52-27 dominating effort over Oregon (3-7, 1-6 Pac-12) Saturday afternoon. The win snapped a two-game losing streak against Oregon for the Cardinal and marked their third win in a row.
Columnist Michael Spelfogel pens a letter to freshmen about the state of Stanford football.
As the players slumped off the field, sod rotting, the stands long emptied, I could tell something was different about this loss. Stanford had lost its mojo, its confidence and its most essential traits.
When you’re fighting for the near-impossible goal of walking onto a top-10 football team, giving up isn’t an option.