Expert Analysis: Wide Receivers vs. UW
Troy Walters' Quick Slants™
Hmm. Pretty tough week. Wish there was more to write about after last Saturday's effort against the University of Washington, but I will give it a shot. Stanford's wide receivers played reasonably well against the Huskies. but what can I say, bottom line, there just weren't a lot of plays to be made. #9 Moore has got to find a way to make that catch in the end zone in the first quarter. He is certainly good enough to make that catch and it would have definitely provided momentum for the struggling Cardinal offense, which hard a rough time trying to maintain consistency throughout the game. One encouraging sign - I thought the Stanford receivers did an excellent job of blocking. In fact, a couple of the long runs were the direct result of a receiver blocking a safety. What can one say about the passing game? Clearly, it was difficult for the receivers to make many big plays because of the extreme pressure the QBs were under for most of the afternoon. The Cardinal offense was forced to throw shorter routes because of protection problems.
Got to bounce back for the next game. I expect a better performance this week up at Washington State. Go Cardinal!
Detroit Lions Update: Troy's Detroit Lions improved to a very impressive 6-2 with a stunning 44-7 victory over the Denver Broncos. This week, they head down to Phoenix to take on Troy's old team, the Arizona Cardinals. You know, occasionally, guys do know what they are talking about: Last May, when Lions QB Jon Kitna was a guest on WDFN-AM Detroit, he predicted that Detroit would win 10 games this year. People thought he was crazy. "Crazy right" it would appear!.
Editor's Bonus: For those of you who love the thrill of a hearing a spectacular play over the radio (we assume that means everyone!), we are providing a real treat - Here is our own Bootleg colleague Troy Clardy's memorable KZSU Sports call of Walters' scintillating 75-yard punt return for touchdown late in the second quarter against Washington State at Stanford Stadium in the fall of 1996.
About the Author: Troy Walters [LSJU '01], is an eight-year NFL veteran wide receiver and return specialist currently in his first season with the Detroit Lions after playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, and Arizona Cardinals. A four-time letterman at Stanford from 1996 to 1999, Walters became one of the most beloved players in school history. In his senior season of 1999, he was named the Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a Consensus First Team All-American. He was clearly a big reason Stanford appeared in its first Rose Bowl appearance in 28 years. During that memorable 1999 campaign, the 5'7" 170-pound Walters caught 74 balls for a school- and Pac-10-record-shattering 1,456 yards and 10 TDs. He was also honored with the 1999 Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's outstanding wide receiver. Subsequently, he was selected in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. During his outrageously productive Cardinal career, Walters caught 244 passes for 3,986 yards (in excess of 1,000 yards more than the second-place holder) with 26 touchdown receptions, second only to Ken Margerum's career total of 30. Walters is currently the school's career leader in receptions and receiving yardage, single-season receptions (86), single-season receiving yards (1,456), single-game receiving yards (278) and longest pass play (98). In addition, he was one of the most dangerous return men in school history, tied with Luke Powell for fifth place all-time with a punt return average of 10.6 yards. A future first-ballot inductee into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. Oh, and let's not forget to mention that Walters was also a First-Team Academic All-American.
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