After a loss, questions regarding possible personnel shifts
typically begin to surface. Underachieving play in a few areas in the loss to
"There are certain guys in our lineup that are rubber-stamped every week - Gerhart, Marecic, Snyder, Luck - but there are also positions that are being evaluated every week and we want to get the best guys on the field. You want to get your best 11 out there that play physical (football), tackle and get to the ball," he said.
Harbaugh was also asked what he thought of Kris Evans performance in the game. Evans saw much playing time in place of the veteran Corey Gatewood. "I don't think he played as well as he did the week before."
The Cardinal's two punters have also been battling in competition. Both David Green and Daniel Zychlinski saw action in Saturday's game. They each booted a trio of balls, with Green totaling 20 more yards than his counterpart.
"It's been an open
competition there between Dave (Green) and Zychlinski going into [last week],"
Harbaugh said. "Neither one of them is really seizing the job right now. We
would like to see one of them rise and take the job." Harbaugh hinted that both
would be used this week in the
mentioned the punt-return job was up for grabs with Richard Sherman having
trouble securing the ball. While
The Wildcat formation has stampeded onto a playing field near you. If you haven't seen the Miami Dolphins play in the last two seasons, please watch a game because the single-wing formation that lines up a running back at quarterback is exciting.
The primary advantage of utilizing this formation is that instead of playing with 10 offensive players versus 11 defensive players when the quarterback is on the field, the offense can operate on an even level, with 11 on 11 in personnel terms. The element of surprise is also an edge as the defense has to be on its toes whenever this formation is presented.
Stanford received its first dose of the Wildcat formation last week when Jacquizz Rogers took a direct snap on first series of game and scampered 61 yards. The defense looked unprepared and confused.
So what about the "WildCardinal", will we ever see it? Coach Harbaugh was keeping his playbook close to his chest.
"No. What if we did? Who knows?" he said.
Toby Gerhart joked that he would lobby to install it in the offense. "Coach Taggert and I talked about that a little bit and that would be fun. It would add a different dimension to the offense and would be fun."
Gerhart said they have never practiced it before (with him) and his concern would be calling out the plays in the shotgun formation. "It would probably have to be a little more of a home stand where it's quiet for us on offense. Maybe we just go silent count."
Torrential rain has
Toby Gerhart says he was not looking forward to getting wet all week. "I've got to bike 15 minutes in the rain each way, so I am kind of tired of the rain," he said.
Gerhart maintains that he makes a few trips per day around campus on bike. He resides on the other side of campus near the driving range and has to ride in for treatment, class and practice.
The legs on Gerhart seem to be logging some extra work, and maybe that's why they look like tree trunks. But instead of a wearing down those legs, maybe the school should pool together and buy a golf cart for Gerhart to cruise around in. (Several AD compliance folks just choked on their coffees while reading The Bootleg! Ha!)
One member of the media joked that USC has limos pick up their players to go places (obviously not to class).
Odds N' Ends
Despite a sub-100-yard outing by Cardinal running back Toby Gerhart, he is still in the Heisman hunt. Of course, he needs wins from his team, but Gerhart still ranks No. 4 in the nation in rushing with a 124.3 yards per game average and No. 3 with 10 rushing touchdowns.
The loss to
But it's probably
safe not to splurge for a Broadway billboard because the race will most likely
come down to Florida's Tim Tebow and
Stanford is also on
the board as one of the 22 teams that have odds to win the BCS championship. The
Card have the highest digit of the teams, tied with
It is strange that
the two favorites to win the BCS are
Cardinal Injury Report
Senior defensive end Erik Lorig missed the game in Corvallis after sustaining a groin injury prior to the UCLA contest. The Cardinal defensive line has been decimated by injuries this season and the suffering has been compounded by Lorig's unfortunate absence.
"The big one is Lorig," said Harbaugh. "When you lose a player like Erik Lorig, that means everybody on the team has to step up. Not only (play) better than they are capable, but better than they thought they could play."
Harbaugh provided his
proverbial "We'll see" update regarding Lorig's chances to play at
Harbaugh did note that defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo was progressing in his return. But there is still no timetable for when he could come back. "He and the doctors say he is ahead of schedule so I said to him, ‘I heard you were 10 days ahead of schedule,' and he said, ‘no, it's about a week and a half."
Not-So Top 25
Stanford received one
vote in the AP poll this week. It is rumored that a writer who didn't vote for
Stanford last week voted them in this week, but not
The Cardinal also took a hit in the Coaches' poll. Last week 43 Division I-A head men tossed in a vote for Stanford while this week only eight still thought Harbaugh and his men still deserved to be ranked.
The always-confusing BCS calculations will be released after this week.
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