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When Stanford beat USC in 2007 in The Biggest Upset Ever, it was amazing, but that win came with no guarantee of prolonged success. I've always argued that the single game that announced Stanford Football had turned the corner was the thrashing of USC two years later in 2009. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Go Mighty Card
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If there is one difference between Stanford Football Now1 and Stanford Football Then2, it is in the overall physicality of the program. When Jim Harbaugh and David Shaw arrived on campus in 2007, they inherited a program with talented players but a lack of internal and external belief. Harbaugh and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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It's been an interesting road that Harrison Phillips has followed. He could end this season as a member of the All-Pac-12 team, but that destination didn't always seem likely. He had a difficult time getting national notice as a high school football player in Nebraska, as most programs assume the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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When last we saw Keller Chryst he was lying on the turf in El Paso after suffering a knee injury in the first half of Stanford's Sun Bowl win over North Carolina. Common sense and all initial reports indicated a torn ACL, an injury that would keep Chryst out of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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The three most well-known wide receivers from this current Golden Age of Stanford football are all currently in the NFL. Two of them have Super Bowl rings and have been to the NFL Pro Bowl, and the third appears on his way to those same heights. But of course, none... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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The tight end is football's rhinoceros. As you look across the college football landscape, littered as it is with high-octane five-receiver sets, any sighting of a tight end is rare, like spotting a white rhino while on safari in the Serengeti. Perhaps instead of hailing Stanford as #TightEndU, maybe the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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If you've been paying attention to Stanford football over the past several years (and obviously you have), you know the story of the Tunnel Workers Union. While Chris Marinelli was toiling at right tackle for the Cardinal in that seminal season of 2009, his father Jim, a member of Tunnel... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Imagine it's your job to take the stage after Miles Davis finishes his set. Perhaps you're walking to the lectern after Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers a speech. Maybe your slot at open mic night comes directly after Maya Angelou. What would it be like to follow genius, to perform... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
If you've been reading this site for a while, you know that each winter after the season ends I ask my readers to think about how much value they've gained from reading my work here over the course of the previous year. It's like any other pledge drive, I suppose,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Sumner High School|Sumner, WA Athlete|5'11"|185 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#10 Athlete Key Offers: Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, Washington Profile: Connor Wedington was a long time Washington commit who seemed destined to stay home and play for the Huskies until something happened late in the process that called everything... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: St. Paul's Episcopal School -- Mobile, AL Defensive End|6'4"|252 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#7 Defensive End Key Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, USC Profile: Henry Aaron, Satchel Paige, Willie McCovey, and Ozzie Smith were all born in Mobile, Alabama, which already... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Oaks Christian School -- Westlake Village, CA Tight End|6'6"|220 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#2 Tight End Key Offers: Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, UCLA, USC, Washington Profile: To be honest, it's getting a little embarrassing. Year after year, it seems, Stanford sends one or two tight ends off the NFL... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Davis High School -- Davis, CA Offensive Tackle|6'4"|235 pounds Rivals Rank: Three stars|#20 Tight End Key Offers: Cal, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington Profile: I don't have the time or the inclination to do the research, but I can't imagine that any school aside from Stanford would sign two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Northridge High School|Millville, UT Outside Linebacker|6'2"|225 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#25 Outside Linebacker Key Offers: BYU, Colorado, Utah, Washington State Profile: Every year it seems like the Cardinal coaching staff sneaks into Utah and comes away with one or two of the state's best high school players, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Mater Dei High School -- Santa Ana, CA Wide Receiver|6'2"|188 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#21 Wide Receiver Key Offers: Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington Profile: When you consider that Osiris St. Brown has an older brother named Equanimeous (currently Notre Dame's top receiver) and a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Graham-Kapowsin High School|Graham, WA Offensive Tackle|6'6"|315 pounds Rivals Rank: Five stars|#3 Offensive Tackle Key Offers: Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington Profile: For most of the past year Foster Sarell was regarded as perhaps the most coveted prospect in all of the 2017 recruiting class, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Palma High School|Salinas, CA Center|6'3"|265 pounds Rivals Rank: Three stars|#8 Center Key Offers: Arizona, Harvard, Michigan, Washington, Yale Profile: If you've been following Stanford football for long enough, Drew Dalman's name should sound familiar. Drew's father, Chris Dalman, played tackle for the Cardinal in the early 90s before... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Pope John XXIII Regional High School|Sparta, NJ Defensive Tackle|6'2"|326 pounds Rivals Rank: Three stars|#47 Defensive Tackle Key Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA Profile: With all of the success Stanford has had with this year's signing class, there's a tendency to look... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Brighton High School -- Salt Lake City, UT Athlete|6'0"|230 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#9 Athlete Key Offers: BYU, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma State, UCLA, USC, Washington Profile: The designation of "Athlete" is typically given to players who don't easily fit into one category, and it's no surprise that Sione... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Mansfield High School|Mansfield, TX Athlete|6'1"|174 pounds Rivals Rank: Four stars|#20 Athlete Key Offers: Colorado, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, USC Profile: Adebo was another late flip from a Stanford rival, this one coming at the expense of Notre Dame. We'll never know if Adebo's decision was solely the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Greater Atlanta Christian -- Norcross, GA Quarterback|6'4"|194 pounds Rivals Rank: Five stars|#1 Quarterback Key Offers: Georgia, Miami, Michigan, UCLA, USC Profile: All you really need to know about Davis Mills is this -- the player most often used in comparisons with the Georgia quarterback is Stanford legend Andrew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Episcopal High School -- Houston, TX Offensive Tackle|6'8"|305 pounds Rivals Rank: Five stars|#2 Offensive Tackle Key Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA Profile: Anyone who's watched Stanford football with any consistency over the past decade understands that everything this team does begins and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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Key Stats: Etowah High School -- Woodstock, GA Safety|6'4"|200 pounds Rivals Rank: Three stars|#46 Safety Key Offers: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin Profile: You don't have to watch Stuart Head's highlight film (below) for too long before you realize what the Stanford coaching staff likes about him. His... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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There were twenty-five seconds left in the 2016 Sun Bowl when Solomon Thomas put his hand on the ground for what would be the final play of his Stanford career. North Carolina had scored a touchdown only moments before, drawing to within two points of the Cardinal, and now Tarheel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Go Mighty Card
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No, it isn't the Rose Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl or the Orange Bowl, but the novelty of a bowl game will never wear off for me. There's the new venue -- El Paso, Texas -- but more interestingly there's a new opponent. (And after four straight Big Ten bowl... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Go Mighty Card