The wait for Stanford football is over. After a 249-day offseason filled with tight position battles, endless media hype and dramatic hairstyle changes, the No. 5 Cardinal will finally take the field tomorrow night against San Jose State to begin one of the most anticipated seasons in school history. With an 8 p.m. kickoff time, Stanford is the last college football team in the nation to launch its 2013 campaign.
While most other Division I teams have moved away from the position entirely, Stanford has three fullbacks on its roster — and it plans to play all three of them.
After Stanford’s second day of practices in preparation for San Jose State, head coach David Shaw passed on the first notable injury news of the season: fifth-year senior fullback Ryan Hewitt was held out of practice on Tuesday and might miss Saturday’s season opener.
So unless the offense wants to run Spider 3 Y Banana with fullback Ryan Hewitt on every passing play, the proverbial light better come on fast for the receivers. It’s clear, though, that the group has taken the first step toward accomplishing its goal by eagerly taking up the gauntlet.
Stanford’s unexpected 2012 Rose Bowl run can, in large part, be pinned on a handful of breakout players: quarterback Kevin Hogan, safeties Ed Reynolds and Jordan Richards and wide receiver Kelsey Young. With all four of those performers now established at their positions, we asked Daily football beat writers Joseph Beyda, George Chen and Sam Fisher: Who will be Stanford’s biggest unexpected contributor in 2013?
The Flash? The Jet? Slash? X-factor? All of those nicknames have described game-changing football players at some point or another, but none of them quite fit the role that Stanford football head coach David Shaw sees for junior Kelsey Young. “On our board which we put where guys are at different positions,” Shaw said, “there’s…
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.
But before we look ahead, we must do one final thing that all sports writers love to do: make comparisons. With the season officially over, where does 2012-2013 team rank among the best Stanford teams of all time?