STANFORD — In a fast-moving NFL, the big-play tight end is becoming a trump card in the deck of offensive coordinators around the league. They’re too quick for linebackers to cover and too big for defensive backs to handle. They can act as a fourth receiver against traditional 4-3 defenses or serve as run blockers when coaches bring in the nickel. Read More
STANFORD — Stanford is referred to as “Tight End U” these days because of the steady stream of NFL picks the football team has churned out at that position in recent years. But when the Cardinal set out to defend their Rose Bowl championship in the fall, they’ll be featuring a pair of fresh faces in their double-tight end set.
Spring practices got under way at Dan Elliott Field on Monday, kicking off auditions for the roles previously performed by Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo. Read More
STANFORD — Almost a week after signing day, Stanford might have landed its biggest addition heading into next season.
The school announced Monday that Tyler Gaffney is leaving professional baseball to make a surprise return to the football team. After a year of playing in the minors for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gaffney will rejoin the Cardinal for the second half of spring practices when he enrolls in classes again April 1. Read More
Any speculation David Shaw could be the latest Stanford football coach to jump to the NFL is over — at least for now. Read More
The diagram David Shaw has for the future of Stanford football is on a simple sheet of paper resting on the coach’s desk.
The itinerary for this week: Wednesday at Palo Alto High School. Thursday in Ohio. Friday in New Jersey and Saturday at the Virginia state championship game. On Tuesday, assistants hit Northern California, Southern California, Houston, Louisiana and Ohio. Three of those coaches traveled to different places Wednesday. Read More
The difference between Stanford and Oregon football over the past two seasons has been “a second half,” according to Cardinal linebacker Chase Thomas. The Ducks kept Andrew Luck out of the BCS Championship Game in 2010 and again in 2011. Both times, Chip Kelly’s team poured it on in the second half, winning the last two quarters by a combined score of 59-14. Read More
STANFORD —The true freshman out of Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz., is one of three five-star offensive line recruits making noise in Cardinal camp this summer. Read More
Coach David Shaw wants his next quarterback to be the kid who can execute his pro style offense under real-game pressure. He might find out who that is in San Francisco this weekend.
The Cardinal and White spring game at Kezar Stadium on Saturday might be the best opportunity to see how the five candidates vying to succeed Andrew Luck are able to perform in live-game situations before the Stanford football season kicks off in September. Read More