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Stanford senior WR Francis Owusu will miss Friday's game against Washington due to a concussion.

Owusu was concussed when UCLA's Tahaan Goodman administered a helmet-to-helmet hit on Saturday. The 6-foot-3, 209-pounder is already being ruled out against Washington, with HC David Shaw saying, "If it was up to him, he'd play next week, but that's not up to him." Goodman's hit was not penalized at the time, something that Shaw railed about to the media. "We're trying to take care of these young men," he said. "Plays like this should be penalized so that they stop happening. If we don't penalize them, they will continue to happen."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 27 - 12:35 PM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Ryan Burns completed 13-of-25 passes for 137 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 22-13 win over UCLA.

As one might be able to guess by perusing the box score, Burns did very little in the game. Very little, that is, until the final drive. With the Cardinal trailing 13-9 as time wound down, the 6-foot-5, 232-pounder lofted a mile-high pass to JJ Arcega-Whiteside from eight yards out. It initially looked like he might have put too much air under it, but that was not the case. Arcega-Whiteside came down with the ball in the end zone for the go-ahead score. Burns has little fantasy upside, but Stanford doesn't need him to burn down the world to win games.
Sep 24 - 11:49 PM

Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey rushed for 138 yards on 26 carries in Saturday's 22-13 win over UCLA.

While this effort won't go down as one of McCaffrey's more statistically significant (he had a long run of 13 yards), he played a phenomenal game, showing off an impressive physicality on his way to a 5.3 YPC average. Through three games, the Heisman hopeful has rushed for 429 yards and three touchdowns. He has also caught 13 passes for 126 yards and a score.
Sep 24 - 11:42 PM

Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren believes senior G Johnny Caspers may project best to the NFL as a center.

Caspers functions as a center in some of Stanford's subpackages in short-yardage and goal-line situations. "He could definitely start at center for us," Bloomgren told SI over the summer. "That’s probably how he projects next level." Bloomgren said he would keep Caspers at guard "in a perfect world" because Stanford "lost the ability to pull" from the right guard spot when Caspers slid to center last year. "He’s good there, he’s not elite at this time," Bloomgren said. "Pass protection, although it’s improved dramatically, it’s still not at an All-American level. Am I hopeful he can do that this year? Sure I am." He concluded: "Good size for a spot like center. He’s not a tackle, doesn’t have the height or length for it, so you talk about the guard and center spot. ... His approach to the game, how he studies it is next-level stuff."
Source: SI.com
Sep 23 - 6:39 PM

Stanford junior DL Harrison Phillips (knee) is expected to start in Saturday's game against UCLA.

"He hasn't been gone long enough to get out of shape, and he's been doing great work with the training staff. I'm excited about where he's at," said HC David Shaw. Phillips was sidelined with a knee injury during the Cardinal's season-opening win against Kansas State and subsequently sat out last weekend's showdown with USC. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound junior has yet to make a true impact at the collegiate level, as his 2015 campaign was cut short after he tore his ACL against Northwestern in that year's opener.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 23 - 12:27 PM

NFL.com's Chad Reuter tells readers not to be surprised if Stanford senior G Johnny Caspers follows in the footsteps of Josh Garnett (49ers) and David DeCastro (Steelers) in becoming a Cardinal guard first-rounder.

"He showed the upper-body strength to move his man out of a hole for All-American running back Christian McCaffrey to run through on Saturday vs. USC," Reuter wrote. "Caspers also pulled from his right guard spot to create holes on the left side of the field for McCaffrey and others to exploit. He can anchor in pass protection against larger defensive tackles, and is a durable performer. In other words, he checks all of the boxes NFL teams look for in a longtime starter." Caspers was in the same class as first-round picks Andrus Peat and Joshua Garnett, eventual sixth-rounder Kyle Murphy and C Graham Shuler, a starter from 2014–15. Caspers remains Stanford's right guard.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 20 - 4:56 PM

Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey rushed for 165 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries while catching four passes for 73 yards and an additional score in Saturday's 27-10 win over USC.

McCaffrey's touchdown run was just a little one-yarder near the end of the first half, but his receiving touchdown was considerably louder. On that first-quarter catch, the 6-foot, 202-pounder sprinted down the left sideline and broke wide open. Ryan Burns did not misfire, connecting with the Heisman-hopeful for the 56-yard score. More remarkable than the catch-and-run itself was the fact that USC somehow let Christian McCaffrey run wild and free on the play. Through two games (Stanford had a bye last weekend), the Stanford star has rushed for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He has also caught 11 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Sep 18 - 12:00 AM

Stanford junior DL Harrison Phillips (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against USC.

Phillips initially suffered a knee injury against Kansas State in Week 1. While there was no structural damage, the 6-foot-4, 278-pounder is not yet ready to return to action. He missed the 2015 campaign due to a torn ACL -- though not in the same knee that he injured this year -- which laid him low in the opening loss to Northwestern.
Sep 16 - 8:14 PM

Stanford junior DL Harrison Phillips (knee) is doubtful for Saturday's showdown with USC.

Phillips injured his knee in the second half of Stanford's season-opening win over Kansas State. Thankfully, he suffered no ligament damage. Last season, he tore his ACL (in the other knee) against Northwestern in Week 1. "It's much better news than it could have been," HC David Shaw said after this most recent knee injury. "He's excited, and his family is very excited."
Sep 13 - 3:46 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw indicated that there is a 90% chance that redshirt sophomore RB Bryce Love (undisclosed) plays against USC on Saturday.

Love was held out of the season-opener against Kansas State due to an undisclosed injury. The Cardinal had the luxury of a bye in Week 2, allowing the 5-foot-10, 184-pounder ample time to recover from his mystery injury. Love averaged 7.8 YPC in backing up Christian McCaffrey last season. Stanford will do battle with USC on Saturday.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 13 - 3:26 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell says RB Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey is the best running back in college football.

"He just gettin started," Bell tweeted on Friday during McCaffrey's game against Kansas State. In that one, C-Mac rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and added seven catches for 40 yards. Last year, McCaffrey broke the NCAA record with 3,864 all-purpose yards. "It's time for people to throw away the stereotypes -- he is fast, runs with tremendous vision, and balance, and packs some punch when he runs it inside," an NFC North scout told NFL.com. "Pass-catching is a forte, and his kick-return ability would make me do everything possible to not kick it to him. ... I trust my eyes, and his production against the best teams they played, and both tell me that if we have a chance to grab this kid, I will stand and stomp on the table." Over the summer, one scout compared him to Devonta Freeman. "I see more of a Gio Bernard," a different scout said. "He doesn't have exceptional power, but he can be a three-down back."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 4 - 2:31 PM

Stanford redshirt junior WR Michael Rector caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in the school's 26-13 win over Kansas State.

Rector is one of the best vertical threats in college football, and Stanford might have the quarterback to attack that section of the field in Ryan Burns. Expect rector to lead the Cardinal in receiving yards this season. Stanford faces USC next.
Sep 3 - 11:22 AM

Stanford redshirt junior QB Ryan Burns completed 14-of-18 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown in Friday's win over Kansas State.

Burns and Keller Chryst were expected to both play in this one. That technically happened, but only technically, as Chryst attempted all of one pass (he completed it for 11 yards). That came after the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Burns had completed his first 10 passes. He did nothing in the win to lose the starting gig. The spotlight will only grow brighter for Burns, as a home date with USC looms on September 17.
Sep 3 - 12:43 AM

Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries while catching seven passes for 40 yards in Friday's 26-13 win over Kansas State.

This would qualify as a "quiet" game for McCaffrey, at least in comparison to all-timer's like last season's Rose Bowl Game showing, but even on a night when Stanford's offense largely struggled, the 6-foot, 202-pounder still managed a few mega-highlight runs. In the first quarter, he was denied a long punt return touchdown by a block-in-the-back penalty. He remedied that a short time later via a 35-yard scoring sprint midway through the second quarter. On the run, he made a stupidly awesome juke cut to leave one poor K-State defender completely flummoxed. McCaffrey wouldn't score again until the fourth quarter, when he busted out for a game-icing 41-yard run with 2:12 remaining in the contest. The Cardinal star is just getting warmed up. Up next on Stanford's s daunting schedule, a home start against USC on September 17. They have a bye next weekend.
Sep 3 - 12:35 AM

Stanford redshirt sophomore RB Bryce Love will not play in Friday's game against Kansas State due to an unspecified injury.

While HC David Shaw isn't letting on as to the exact nature of Love's injury, the 5-foot-10, 184-pounder was seen wearing a walking boot during August camp. "He's making progress, it's just not as quick as we had hoped," Shaw said. With Love unable to back up Christian McCaffrey on Friday, redshirt freshman Cameron Scarlett will take on those duties -- albeit, on a more limited basis than would have been the case with Love. This will be Scarlett's first taste of collegiate play. Said Shaw, "You've got to crack the egg sometime and that'll be this Friday night for [Scarlett]."
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 12:10 PM


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