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Stanford redshirt junior RB Bryce Love will return to school for his final season of eligibility.

Love's production in 2017 was absolutely ridiculous, recording 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns after picking up for the departed Christian McCaffrey. His rate of producing 20-plus yard runs, behind an outstanding offensive line, seemed otherworldly. We all will get to see another year of it. The 2018 running back class still looks great.
Source: SF Gate
Jan 16 - 8:55 AM

Stanford redshirt junior RB Bryce Love has yet to announce his decision as to whether or not he'll declare for the 2018 Draft.

The deadline to enter is January 15, and to quote Judge Snails: "Well, we're waiting." Love (5'10/184) isn't one for drawing attention, and perhaps the fact that we've heard nothing from the junior Heisman finalist tells us what we need to know. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline tweets that he heard at Shrine Game practices that Love's father was telling people he would be coming back for his senior season. It's possible we may not hear anything from him, but until we get the official list, we'll be on pins and needles.
Jan 16 - 12:26 AM

Stanford DB coach Duane Akina was interviewed for the Arizona head coaching job.

That job, of course, ended up going to Kevin Sumlin. Before joining the Stanford coaching staff in 2014, Akina was the defensive back coach at Texas, and also had a stop at Arizona. Former Wildcats coach Dick Tomey endorsed the 59-year-old for the job, but Sumlin ended up being too hot of a name to pass on. Akina could see more head coaching looks again in 2019.
Jan 15 - 10:51 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller passes along that "people at Stanford think [redshirt junior RB] Bryce Love will stay in school and not declare for the draft."

Love (5'10/184) is one of the few big draft-eligible players yet to announce his intentions. We'll find out soon enough one way or another -- today (Monday) is the deadline for underclassmen to declare. Love's return to Stanford would not only shift some draft boards, it would be an obvious boon for the Cardinal, particularly given that conference foe Washington is returning a number of draft-eligible pieces for the 2018 season. Love rushed for a Stanford-record 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns during the 2017 campaign.
Jan 15 - 1:11 PM

Stanford is hiring Kevin Carberry to be their new run-game coordinator and offensive line coach.

Carberry comes to the Cardinals after serving in the NFL as the assistant offensive line coach for Washington. He spent four seasons with the club, two of them in the current position. Carberry will take over as offensive line coach for Mike Bloomgren, who left to take the Rice head coaching job in December.
Jan 11 - 9:04 PM

Stanford junior CB Quenton Meeks will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Meeks (6'2/195) posted 61 tackles, a pair of interceptions and seven passes for the 2017 campaign. He's had a strong nose for the ball during his time at Stanford, picking off a total of seven passes -- at least two in each of his three years with the Cardinal. The junior corner could be in line for a late Day 2 selection, though Walter Football's Charlie Campbell notes that some evaluators he's spoken with believe that Meeks would have been better served returning to school for the 2018 season. Campbell hits him up with a grade for Rds. 5-7.
Jan 10 - 1:42 PM

Stanford junior S Justin Reid announced on Twitter that he will forego his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Reid (6'1/195) was a star in the secondary for Stanford in 2017; showing his ability to make plays in the air with five interceptions and help on the ground with 94 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Most analysts currently view the Cardinal safety as a Day 2 and possibly Day 3 pick, but with his production and the fact that his brother (Eric) is an NFL player, he could find himself in first-round talks if he tests well this winter. Teams love lineage.
Jan 9 - 7:40 PM

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that SMU WR coach Bobby Kennedy will join the coaching staff at the same position.

Kennedy has also coached wideouts at Iowa, Colorado and Texas. He'll replace Tavita Pritchard, who is taking over at offensive coordinator.
Jan 9 - 7:12 PM

Stanford senior DL Harrison Phillips accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Phillips announced on Thursday that he would be forgoing his final year of eligibility at Stanford, and now will get a chance to showcase his skills in the high-profile event. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle had 7.5 sacks in 2017, and also finished 92 tackles. Right now analysts project Phillips to be a mid-round pick, but because of his production in a high-level conference, that projection could jump up if he tests well before the draft.
Jan 4 - 6:29 PM

Stanford senior DL Harrison Phillips will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

While Phillips is a senior, he made his declaration due to the fact that a season-ending injury sustained one game into the 2015 campaign made him eligible for one last year at Stanford should he have so chosen to take it. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder put in 92 tackles (14.5 for loss), 7.5 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles for the 2017 season. He's worked his way into the mid-round conversation at this juncture due to his run-stuffing chops. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Phillips is "a polished prospect who gets the most from his ability and offers a scheme-diverse game."
Jan 4 - 3:12 PM

Stanford junior TE Dalton Schultz will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Schultz (6'6/239) has flashed tantalizing upside -- he's a strong route-runner and blocker -- during his career at Stanford, but that never showed out in terms of his statistical output. He did not top either 25 catches or 225 yards receiving during a season with the Cardinal. Just where he might land in the draft is an open question. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passed along in November that Schultz was receiving grades ranging all over the map, from the second round to the sixth round. Just an example of the variance, here: Walter Football's Charlie Campbell ranks Schultz as the No. 4 draft-eligible tight end out there, while ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. does not rank him among the top 10 players at his position.
Jan 2 - 3:54 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw was awarded the Dodd Trophy winner on Sunday.

The Dodd trophy is presented to the coach who is deemed to best represent scholarship, leadership, and integrity in addition to success on the field. It's the second-straight year that a Pac-12 coach has won the award, as Colorado's Mike MacIntyre took the trophy in 2016. Shaw beats out fellow finalists Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Scott Frost (UCF), Mark Richt (Miami), Kirby Smart (Georgia), and Dabo Swinney (Clemson). Stanford went 9-5 this season; winning the Pac-12 North.
Jan 1 - 11:58 AM

Stanford junior WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside caught five passes for 61 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday's 39-37 loss to TCU in the Alamo Bowl.

Arcega-Whiteside (6'3/221) was the man in the receiving game for the Alamo Bowl, with all three of QB K.J. Costello's touchdown passes on the evening finding their way into his waiting hands. He closes up shop on the 2017 season the owner of a 48-781-9 receiving line. Both the reception and yardage marks more than doubled up on what he posted during his sophomore campaign. He'll be working as Stanford's No. 1 wideout again next season, assuming he doesn't make a surprise declaration for the draft.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 12:56:00 AM

Stanford redshirt freshman QB K.J. Costello completed 15-of-27 passes for 212 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's 39-37 loss to TCU in the Alamo Bowl.

Costello (6'4/216) connected with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside for all three of his touchdown passes. The final one in that trio gave the Cardinal a 37-36 lead with 6:48 remaining in the fourth quarter, but in this wild shootout, that score was never going to hold. TCU would drive down with a field goal answer to go back up on top and Stanford would be unable to answer, as Costello was picked off on the team's final drive of the game. The redshirt freshman ended up throwing 10 of his 14 touchdown passes on the season over the final four games of the campaign. He'll continue his development over the offseason. We've seen the Cardinal cycle through multiple quarterbacks since Kevin Hogan exited stage left several years back, but Costello has shown enough -- particularly late -- to lend at least some hope that the position turnstile might have finally stopped. Stay tuned.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 12:49:00 AM

Stanford redshirt junior RB Bryce Love rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Thursday's 39-37 loss to TCU in the Alamo Bowl.

Freshly-adorned Doak Walker winner Love put in a 15-yard touchdown run to open the game's scoring midway through the first quarter. That was just the table-setter for what was to come, as the 5-foot-10, 184-pounder later broke through for one his patented long bolts to glory, this one coming from 69 yards out early in the third quarter. He could have had an even bigger game, but suffered a thumb injury -- one which ESPN says required stitches -- in the fourth quarter which required an extended stay in the medical tent. Love finishes the season having rushed for a Stanford-record 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns, breaking Christian McCaffrey's record set just three seasons ago. Should he declare for the draft, he's a tough back with speed to burn, stellar vision and an underrated strength component to his game. Size and a lack of experience as a pass-catcher could potentially cause some NFL teams to shy off, but he's likely an early Day 2 selection at worst, one with late Day 1 upside.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 12:37:00 AM

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