This evening kicks off the start of Stanford's 2006 preseason camp. Before that action is underway, we review and discuss for Cardinalmaniacs™ the five biggest non-injury stories of the summer. They will help you catch up on the Card, while also setting the table for some of the most important stories to watch during this camp.
August 7, 2006
It was an unusual Spring Game for sure. Not only was the annual public scrimmage to conclude Cardinal spring football held on the practice fields and not in Stanford Stadium, but also there was an array of offensive fireworks in the opening few series. We have the only account of all 111 plays from the 2006 Spring Game, showing the ebb and flow for the offense and defense, as well as special teams kicking action.
May 2, 2006
One of the strange positions for Stanford this spring has been tight end. On paper, there is a mix of veterans plus two youngsters that should give great depth in 2006. But a suspension plus some injuries have limited this group at several times to just three players for practice. Tight ends coach Doug Sams feels he has learned a good deal about his tight ends, however, and shares his thoughts with us.
April 29, 2006
We missed a good deal of action on the practice field Tuesday, while the story broke of Stanford's new Athletic Director hire. But we did catch enough to see some changes at several positions that derived from Saturday's scrimmage. We have the scoop on shake-ups at offensive tackle, inside linebacker, cornerback, running back and more. Plus, full offensive statistics from the scrimmage, and what they help tell us.
April 27, 2006
On a warm afternoon, under a bright sunny sky, Stanford practiced Tuesday to begin their third week of 2006 spring football. On the first practice to follow Easter Sunday, it was only appropriate that the Cardinal witnessed a return of five players who had been previously injured. Two of the new faces on the practice field McMade for a pretty McBig surprise with their McDebuts...
April 20, 2006
We are halfway through Stanford's 2006 spring practices, and Saturday provided an important test for the Cardinal in their first full scrimmage. It was an extended affair, with 121 plays. We have the full play-by-play of the most important day yet this year for Cardinal Football, revealing playmakers on both sides of the ball. This report is one you cannot afford to miss...
April 18, 2006
There were two glorious revelations seen on the practice fields Saturday for Stanford Football. The first, admittedly most appreciated by those of us in attendance, was a bright sky full of sunshine after Friday's rain-soaked opener. The second was a novel twist on the Stanford offense we have not seen before from Walt Harris. It was something that raised the eyebrows of current AD and coaching Hall of Famer Bill Walsh in attendance.
April 9, 2006
While the fate of the offense may largely rest in the hands of the offensive line, there will be great expectations placed upon the playmakers at the skill positions in 2006 for Stanford. Almost the entire roster of running backs, receivers, tight ends and quarterbacks has returned and should thrive in Year Two under Walt Harris. Several of those positions have open battles this spring, however...
April 8, 2006