Wednesday was a day we eagerly anticipated, with Stanford able to conduct its first practice of this preseason camp in shoulder pads. Ironically, the Cardinal could not protect against injury blows that struck three critical fifth-year seniors. Stanford Football took a step back on offense and defense Wednesday, with new questions at positions lacking depth and experience.
August 9, 2007
Before we can analyze what we saw Monday night in the opening practice of Stanford's 2007 preseason camp, we have to bring you up to speed on who was and was not on the field. There are a few new ailments to update, but also several who have healed since you last saw them hurt in the spring. Also two true freshmen have arrived with injury troubles, which we unhappily first report here.
August 7, 2007
After the offense handled the defense on Saturday in Stanford's live scrimmage, the Cardinal coaching staff evened the playing field by moving on Monday three wide receivers to the secondary. For an explanation of the motive and expected impact, we talk with head coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive backs coach Clayton White. Plus reaction from redshirt freshman Marcus Rance, the most prominent mover.
April 26, 2007
It started so well so quickly for the Cardinal: a stop by the defense followed by a 36-yard touchdown scamper by Anthony Kimble. It was all downhill afterward for both the Stanford offense and defense. The Cardinal could not stop OSU's Yvenson Bernard. Stanford threw deep numerous times but failed to connect against single coverage. T.C. Ostrander took some serious second-half punishment, to boot.
November 20, 2006
Injuries, offensive offense and a renewed display of defensive futility against the run. Saturday's 20-7 loss to Arizona was the worst performance seen from Stanford Football since the UC Davis debacle of '05. If you have the stomach, here is the blow-by-blow account of events and observations.
October 15, 2006
Stanford went into South Bend on Saturday with no external expectation or hope of competing, yet they for a second straight week gave much more fight than anyone expected. The defense and special teams helped with field position and some stops. The offense ran the ball well and came out of the gates firing. This time it was not a matter of turnovers. The offense literally dropped the ball.
October 8, 2006