Bootleg Video: Mike Silva

Quietly, Stanford's leading tackler over the past four games has been redshirt junior Mike Silva, who was better known as a special teams player than a "Will" inside linebacker before he came onto the field for an injured Michael Okwo in the Oregon game. Silva has been a standout and starter since. He talked with us this week about his emergence, the linebacker positions, his touchdown faux pas, and more.

One area where the Stanford defense has been inconsistent in 2005 has been tackling, and that will be a priority Saturday against the explosive offense of UCLA.  A bright light in the Cardinal's three straight wins and improvement on defense has been Silva, who elevated into a starting role at the "Will" inside linebacker position next to Kevin Schimmelmann, in relief of injured Michael Okwo during the Oregon game.  Silva is a fourth-year player for Stanford who previously contributed primarily on special teams, but his October opportunities have revealed a standout defensive playmaker, totaling a team-high 33 tackles over the last four games.  Get to know this rising star on the Cardinal defense, as he talks about waiting his turn, improving as a starter, his interception touchdown against Arizona State, and much more...

Mike Silva Scout Profile

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