At the end of the Rose Bowl, it seemed like either team could have won or lost by two touchdowns. That’s a good game in anyone’s book. Stanford lost to Michigan State in the 100th Rose Bowl, but while losing is never fun to watch, the Cardinal and the Spartans definitely played an instant classic…
In Saturday morning’s defensive press conference, defensive coordinator Derek Mason and five of the Cardinal’s senior leaders sat down with the media and discussed its Rose Bowl matchup with the Spartan offense as well as some of the behind-the-scenes dynamics that have helped Stanford’s defense continue to assert itself as one of the nation’s best units.
During training camp, Stanford football head coach David Shaw repeatedly emphasized how pleased he was with his team’s overall depth. Now, facing a Saturday night showdown at CenturyLink Field against Washington State without heralded seniors Ed Reynolds (suspended for the first half) and David Yankey, the Cardinal will certainly be putting this depth to the test.
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.
In 2012, much of the spotlight on the Cardinal’s secondary was focused on the electric Ed Reynolds. But while Reynolds was raising eyebrows with his knack for terrorizing opposing quarterbacks, safety Jordan Richards was quietly having one of the most productive seasons for a Cardinal defensive back in recent memory.
While most football teams across the nation are itching to kick off the 2013 season this weekend, Stanford will remain on the practice field as the team anxiously waits for its Sept. 7 season opener against San Jose State.
True freshman quarterback Ryan Burns may have accounted for the team’s only points, but the Cardinal offense showed off its depth in Stanford’s open scrimmage on Saturday morning, converting three fourth downs and spreading the ball around at halfback and wide receiver.
It might only be a scrimmage, but football is back at Stanford Stadium. The Spring Game this Saturday should answer many questions about the look of Stanford football in 2013-14.