David Shaw has promoted offensive line coach Mike Bloomgren to offensive coordinator (officially, the "Andrew Luck Director of Offense"), where he'll replace Pep Hamilton. Running backs coach Mike Sanford, meanwhile, has been promoted to lead the Cardinal's quarterbacks and wide receivers. Shaw said that Sanford, a former Boise State quarterback, would become a key architect of the Farm Boys' passing attack.
That plan will allow him to work in neat conjunction with Bloomgren, who has already been the Cardinal's run game coordinator for the past two seasons.
In effect, as fellow Bootie Wyndam Makowsky
has noted, Stanford has managed to have its cake and eat it, too.
Shaw found a perfect way to reward both Bloomgren and Sanford
with promotions, while implementing a pseudo dual-coordinator system
that will highlight the strength of both men. Bloomgren, the more
experienced coach with an accomplished ground-attack background,
will officially helm the run-first offense, while Sanford's return
to his natural passing territory can potentially help the Cardinal
add needed aerial creativity to their repertoire. (The addition of three tight ends and four-star wide receiver Francis Owusu in this 2013 signing class should aid in this transition. See The Bootleg's Stanford 2013
recruiting class TV show, a segment including free video
highlights and analysis of the Cardinal's incoming class for more.)
Finally, Tavita Pritchard moves from his secondary defensive assistant position to succeed Sanford as running backs coach.
Moving to the Hardwood
Shaw's club entered hyperspace when it shocked Oregon this past season. Dawkins' team will attempt to do the same at 8 p.m. PT Wednesday night when the Pac-12-leading No. 10 Ducks (18-2, 7-0) visit Maples Pavilion. Dana Altman's team is the most physical in the conference, out-rebounding opponents by nearly nine boards per contest.
Colorado bludgeoned the Cardinal (12-8, 3-4 Pac-12) with a +18 rebounding margin in a 75-54 victory last Thursday before Stanford bounced back to out-rebound Utah by 16 in an 87-56 Sunday win. Fans are now wondering whether Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde will show up for the Farm Boys in the physicality department against the Pac-12's most rugged team.
"We're trusting the things we've done all season long," Dawkins said. "The big guys have to box out and the little guys have to come in and clean up the mess."
Chasson Randle did just that Sunday, grabbing a career-high eight boards in his team's strong effort. Now, he'll focus on maintaining solid shot selection while leading the Stanford offense in a pivotal showdown. Randle poured in 17 points at Utah after making only 2 of 15 two-point attempts the previous game at Colorado. Both he and Dawkins credited better shot selection in the latter contest.
Stanford forward Andy Brown, the man who has overcome three ACL tears to earn a spot in the Cardinal's starting lineup, divulged his future basketball plans Tuesday. The Orange County product is on track to graduate with a communications degree this year, but is only a sophomore eligibility-wise because of his two separate injury redshirts.
Brown intends to play while earning a master's degree in Communications next year, but he plans to step away from the game after that. He'll still have one more year of eligibility remaining, but were he to stick along for that final, 2014-15 academic year, he'd have to pay his own way through Stanford -- and possibly begin working on a doctorate degree.
David Lombardi is the Stanford Football Insider for The Bootleg and FOX Sports Next. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMLombardi.
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