The first thought is: not very big. The second thought is: not very easy to catch. Rabbit-quick freshman walk-on RB Michael Spanos isn't going to be anybody's tackling dummy. You can't tackle what you can't grab. Not saying this is the second coming of Darrin Nelson, but at times Spanos makes defenders look like Rocky Balboa chasing chickens in a barnyard. Yet another walk-on to root for in 2009.
August 14, 2009
After numerous diversions (magazine, May recruiting) our complete play-by-play for Stanford's Spring Game is now finished. Whether you were unable to attend at Stanford Stadium, or you need to see the drives and playmakers detailed to repaint the picture, here is the entire account of the two-plus hours that concluded Stanford spring ball. Included are offensive, defensive and special teams stats.
May 29, 2007
The acclaimed photo galleries we have brought you throughout Stanford's spring ball have appropriately reflected the playmaking of the offense, but on Saturday in the Cardinal's final scrimmage, it was the defense on display. Mark Godi was in Stanford Stadium and shot his most prolific afternoon yet this spring. Here are his first 28 photos showing the collisions, catches, carries and excitement.
May 2, 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 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
Our final look at the Stanford defense as we start 2006 spring practices examines the inside linebackers and the defensive backfield. The former group has two solid starters but one who could be questionable this spring, and nobody of experience behind the pair. The cornerback questions were obvious, but the latest news at safety makes that an unsafe and uncertain group.
April 7, 2006
The early story for Stanford in 2006 is the secondary, and it isn't pretty. Already facing thin numbers, the defensive backfield was up-and-down in 2005. Take away two seniors to graduation, a promising youngster now focusing on another sport, and your position coach now gone to the NFL... and the Card have some issues to address. Read on for these updates, plus a wealth of other Stanford Football news.
February 13, 2006
It's a special week on The Farm, and we have a special collection in anticipation of today's 108th Big Game. Inside is news on Trent Edwards, a look at the Stanford sack attack, senior talk about getting back the Axe, exorcising 2003 demons, Evan Moore's talk about 2007, the running game, recruits on campus, and more!
November 19, 2005