2010 PREVIEW: Stanford

DESPITE LOSING ONE of the top running backs in college football to the NFL the Cardinal faithful still expect big things from the talented Andrew Luck and company.

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 The Word on the Cardinal

The Cardinal will be hard-pressed to replace running back Toby Gerhart, but back-to-back top 25 recruiting classes mean Stanford should be able to sustain last year's success. Stanford's offense still figures to be potent, but the Cardinal's defense needs to catch up if they truly have their eyes on a Pac-10 title... Athlon

Another year of the quarterback in the Pac-10. Cardinal's Andrew Luck goes into the season battling Washington's Jake Locker as league's best...CBS Sports

Even without the services of Gerhart, the offense will be fine. The defense, however, is what's standing between the program and that next rung on the Pac-10 ladder. Toothless on this side of the ball in 2009, Harbaugh has hired NFL veteran Vic Fangio to orchestrate a turnaround ... or at least locate a pulse. His efforts will go a long way to determining the team's ultimate fate in 2010... CFN

Success on offense shouldn't be too much of a problem despite the loss of one of the nation's top running backs. A strong offensive line, a leader under center, a couple of talented wide receivers and promise in the backfield can go a long way. Where Stanford needs to worry is on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive line will be solid and the move to a three-man line improves the unit's depth. Question marks begin to arise a bit when you get to the second level and grow even more abundant at the third level... XtraPointFootball.com

The Cardinal carries high hopes into the 2010 season following its 8-5 campaign of 2009. Toby Gerhart, the bruising running back who waged a strong Heisman Trophy candidacy in 2009, has moved on to the NFL. But talented quarterback Andrew Luck returns, as do a number of other potent weapons from coach Jim Harbaugh's offense... College Football Suite

Assuming the health of our starting QB, the Cardinal should be able to play with anybody. One challenge will be to adjust to four new members of the coaching staff. To me, a “successful season” would involve playing everyone tough, having a winning record in-conference, and getting to another upper-tier bowl game... College Football Zealots

 

 Cardinal at a Glance
 Head Coach  Jim Harbaugh
 at Stanford  17-20 (4th year), 46-26 overall
 2009 Record  8-5 Overall, 6-3 Pac-10
 Home/Road/Neutral  6-1 / 2-3 / 0-1
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  8 / 3
 Def Starters Ret/Lost  7 / 4
 Lettermen Returning  43
 Off/Def/Spec  19 / 20 / 4
 Lettermen Lost  16
 
 2009 Team Statistics
 
Stat
NCAA
Pac-10
 Total Offense
427.62
19
1
 Rushing Offense
218.23
11
2
 Passing Offense
177.92
100
10
 Points/Game
209.38
70
8
 Total Defense
402.69
90
9
 Rushing Defense
137.92
55
7
 Passing Defense
264.77
110
8
 Pts Allowed/Game
26.54
69
9
 
 Returning Stat Leaders
 #12 Andrew Luck | 6-4 | 245 | Jr. | QB
 Passing: 162-288, 2575 Yds, 13 TDs, 4 INTs
 #33 Stepfan Taylor | 5-10 | 208 | So. | RB
 Rushing: 56 Att, 314 Yds, 5.4 Avg, 2 TDs
 #8 Ryan Whalen | 6-2 | 205 | Sr. | WR
 Receiving: 57 Rec, 926 Yds, 16.2 Avg, 4 TDs
Rajric Coleman  #26 Delano Howell | 5-11 | 198 | Jr. | S
 Tackles: 78 Total, 52 Solo, 2.0 TFL, 5 PBU, 2 INT
Rajric Coleman  #9 Richard Sherman | 6-3 | 192 | Sr. | CB
 INTs: 2 for 43 Yds, 62 Tackles, 33 solo, 10 PBU
Chris Randle  #94 Thomas Keiser | 6-5 | 244 | Sr. | LB
 SACKS: 9 for 70, 47 Tackles, 28 Solo, 15.0 TFL
 
 Series History
 Games Played  76
 Series Record  Stanford leads, 48-25-3
 Last Meeting  38-28, OSU on 10/10/2009
 First Meeting  14-6, Stanford in 1919
 
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