Scouting the PAC 10: Stanford

The Cardinal loses a terrific coach and bring in an established offensive mind that had difficulties the last time he was at the helm of a "major" program. To make the job easier for Buddy Teevens, Stanford is loaded on the offensive side of the ball with several players that project well to the next level.

Stanford Cardinal

Stanford is strong up front and at the skill level. Junior Kwame Harris is a terrific athlete that mans the right tackle position and dominates opponents. Powerful at the point, he drives defenders off the line run blocking or anchors in pass protection. He has size, size potential as well as the athleticism to consider shifting him over to the weak side. Harris needs to develop his game a little; refine the details and pick up the tempo mentally, but is definite first round material in the future. Kirk Chambers is the present blind side tackle and like Harris is big and strong but may not have the feet or agility to stay at left tackle and may end up as a strong side lineman, but is still a solid future prospect though he will be a 23 year-old junior this season. Guards Paul Weinacht and Greg Schindler are both efficient seniors best in confined quarters and free-agent types. They all block for a lot of talent. Kerry Carter is a big and powerful interior runner who picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact and rarely brought down by the first defender. He is a load between tackle and has some potential as a heavy-duty feature back but Carter is not fast, to the point where he'd be considered slow, and has an upright running technique, which is not a good style for an inside runner, all of which will push him into the later rounds. Playing in front of Carter is fullback Casey Moore, an efficient and hard-working football player combining toughness, intelligence and versatility. Moore is solid in everything he does but not a dominant blocker, over-productive runner and just an adequate threat out of the backfield as a receiver. Someone could take a liking to his approach to the game and attitude, using a late round choice to gain his services. There are several weapons in the pass catching ranks starting with junior Luke Powell, a big play threat that also impacts the game as a return specialist. Powell is consistently getting behind the defense, making the long catch with ease on a consistent basis. He is also accomplished with the underneath routes and instantaneously changes the tempo of the game returning punts. His slight (barely 5-8, 160) frame could leave him out of the first day but he is a perfect slot/fifth receiver who doubles as a special teamer and a middle round choice when he leaves for the draft. On the flip side is Teyo Johnson, a huge target that towers over the defenders, making the difficult catch over the middle or down the sidelines and is perfect for corner routes in the red zone. Johnson is a long way from the finished product as the former quarterback is a terrible route runner that displays inconsistent hands. Only a red-shirt sophomore, he's played receiver for a single season, so there is still time. Johnson has the size and could eventually grow into a tight end position; which could be good or bad, as Buddy Teevens does not have a tight end oriented offense. Speaking of tight ends, Brett Pierce has improved the past two seasons as both a blocker and pass catcher, and only a junior, has a bright future. Lastly, Chris Lewis will take the helm at quarterback next season and a big year could move him up draft boards. A strong-armed, athletic thrower, Lewis easily gets the pass downfield even on the run. His mechanics are only adequate, accuracy a little worse and field choices/decisions/vision not good. A long way from the finished product, Lewis will get his opportunities this season.

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