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ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that Stanford four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jack West "has an extremely high football IQ."

"One of the sharper kids you will come across," Luginbill wrote, adding that West is "[v]ery accurate and consistent in his methods" and "[a] true multiple pro-style kid who can run the offense at the line of scrimmage." The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder ranks as Scout.com's No. 213 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. The outlet is particularly keen on West's "build, passing diversity and trajectory."
Jul 23 - 9:00 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah compares Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey to the Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman for "their running styles and diverse skill sets."

"I don't think [McCaffrey] has the body type to be a 25-carry-a-game back at the next level, but he can make a major impact because of his versatility," Jeremiah wrote. "He can carry the ball 12-15 times, catch 4-5 balls and also contribute in the return game." The analyst like what he saw from McCaffrey as a runner ("he has excellent vision and the patience to let things develop"), a receiver ("He is talented enough to play wide receiver at both the collegiate and professional level") and as a returner ("he's decisive and possesses the speed to take it the distance"). There is still one hole in his game, however, and it comes in pass protection. "He is a willing blocker, but his technique needs improvement," Jeremiah wrote. "He ducks his head and misses too often."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 4:40 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw said that his starting quarterback must be adept at "handl[ing] the running game at the line of scrimmage.

"We need the ball in Christian McCaffrey’s hands," Shaw said, later adding that both redshirt sophomore QB Keller Chryst and senior QB Ryan Burns "were doing that at a high level [during the spring]." During Pac-12 Media Days, he elaborated on what he wants to see from his eventual starter. "It’s about who can make the right audible on third down and get us in the right play. Who can get us from one running play into the next running play? Who can see the blitzing coming and change the play?" Stanford opens camp on August 8, but Shaw won't be making his final decision until later in the month. The Cardinal will open the season against Kansas State on Friday, September 2.
Jul 19 - 2:43 PM

The Pac-12 media has correctly picked the winner of the conference in just two of the last nine offseasons.

During Pac-12 media days, Stanford (North) and UCLA (South) were tabbed to win their respective divisions, with the Cardinal expected to take the conference title game. Not that the media's expectations have played out in reality many times over the last decade. HC David Shaw put on his self-deprecating hat and joked that "[picking us] shows you guys truly have no idea what you're doing." This was the first time that Stanford has ever been picked to win the conference. Overall, the media has nailed the champ 29 times in 55 years.
Jul 17 - 12:55 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw used former Raiders QB Rich Gannon's late-career momentum as a comparative point for junior RB Christian McCaffrey.

The internet will soon grow flush with "Shaw compares McCaffrey to Gannon" stories, but that isn't what he did (because sanity). Instead, he used Gannon as an example of the idea of momentum carrying over from season-to-season. "I think when you have a great player, the last thing you want to do is pump the brakes. You want to push the accelerator," Shaw said, adding that "[w]hen I was in Oakland we had Rich Gannon, and Rich at a later stage of his career had really hit his stride. He was one of the best players in the league." Still a bit of a clunky way to talk about McCaffrey, but the point is understood. The 6-foot, 197-pounder broke Barry Sanders' all-purpose yardage record last season and can stand comfortably alongside the likes of Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Deshaun Watson as one of a handful of front-runners for the Heisman this coming season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 4:58 PM

Stanford 2017 four-star TE commit Colby Parkinson "was unstoppable at times" during The Opening, per ESPN's Erik McKinney, and "[established] a strong connection through the air with fellow Cardinal commit, quarterback Davis Mills."

Per Parkinson's scouting report, he is a "tall, rangy target with good top-end speed to threaten the intermediate to deep part of the field." Sounds like a tight end who will fit right in at Stanford. "Parkinson is a big, strong, fast athlete who is a difficult one-on-one matchup for back seven defenders," ESPN noted. "With added bulk and functional strength, he has the potential to develop into a complete tight end. Also, he may recruited to play a few other positions at the next level."
Source: ESPN
Jul 15 - 6:41 PM

Stanford redshirt sophomore WR Isaiah Brandt-Sims runs a 6.81 second 60-meter dash.

Not only that, but Brandt-Sims was on the Cardinal's 4x400 relay team that won the Pac-12 Outdoor Championship in May. The redshirt soph figures to break into the receiver rotation for the first time in 2016. "He has all the physical tools to be the next highlight-reel speedster out of the Pac-12," wrote Bleacher Report's Justin Ferguson.
Jul 9 - 1:54 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Stanford redshirt sophomore DL Solomon Thomas as the No. 98 overall player in college football.

In a breakout redshirt frosh campaign last fall, Thomas logged PFF's No. 13 grade against the run among returning interior defensive linemen. "He got after the quarterback at a healthy rate as well, finishing with four sacks, six QB hits, and 15 hurries," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "If there’s a complaint, it’s the week-to-week consistency from Thomas as a big chunk of his grade came in a handful of games." Thomas, a five-star and top-20 overall recruit in 2014, should be able to add consistency to his explosive game as he matures.
Jul 6 - 7:00 PM

Stanford four-star 2017 ATH Sione Lund fetched an offer from USC.

"I wouldn't have imagined an offer from them so it's pretty crazy," Lund said before adding that he remains firmly committed to Stanford. He would like to "keep an open mind," though, and is not opposed to future visits to other programs. The 6-foot, 230-pounder has potential as both a linebacker and running back and ranks as Rivals' No. 132 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Jul 5 - 1:01 PM

Scout.com's Chad Simmons believes that Stanford four-star 2017 QB Davis Mills is the player in his class with the most potential to win a Heisman.

"[Mills] and Stanford are the perfect fit for one another and he will have his time to shine in Palo Alto," Simmons wrote. He called the 6-foot-2, 188-pounder "the total package at quarterback with size, smarts, arm strength, confidence, and leadership skills," noting that Mills "has success written all over him." Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote earlier this month that "everything he does is effortless."
Source: Scout.com
Jun 28 - 3:09 PM

A Pac-12 defensive coach isn't concerned about the acclimation process for Stanford's new starting quarterback.

Either redshirt sophomore QB Keller Chryst or senior QB Ryan Burns will assume Kevin Hogan's old post. The anonymous coach was asked a question about HC David Shaw's preference of grooming quarterbacks who sit their first few years on campus. "They're going to know the system, and when that's in place it's easy to put yourself in a situation where you can coach up a kid -- especially if he has had the mental reps -- to continue being successful," the coach said.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 7:35 PM

Pro Football Focus sees Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey as the Heisman frontrunner.

The 6-foot, 197-pound McCaffrey led all running backs last season with a +49.1 overall PFF grade. He finished with an FBS-record 3,864 total yards, including 2,019 on the ground and 645 through the air (14.3 yards per reception). "He’s a smooth runner in any scheme, whether working downhill in Stanford’s preferred downhill system or looking to find a cutback lane on zone runs," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "McCaffrey can then create matchup problems for opposing defenses as he can take wildcat snaps or line up as a receiver where he looks like a veteran wide receiver with his smooth route running."
Jun 23 - 5:36 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that Stanford four-star 2017 QB Davis Mills "looks like nothing bothers him at all."

Farrell has been a notable fan of Mills during this recruiting cycle. Prior to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, he suggested that the 6-foot-2, 188-pounder could challenge Clemson commit Hunter Johnson for the No. 1 pro-style QB ranking with a strong performance in Atlanta. Johnson did come away with the position MVP at the annual event in mid-June, but that did nothing to blunt the analyst's enthusiasm. Farrell noted that "everything [Mills] does is effortless."
Source: Rivals
Jun 23 - 1:39 PM

Stanford HC David Shaw said that he did not entertain the possibility of taking an NFL coaching job after the end of the 2015 season.

"Never gave it a thought. Was not even an option," Shaw said. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported as much in January, but rumors die hard, clearly. His words don't leave much room for interpretation. "I think what we're building here is so special that I want to be a part of it. I want to be here. I want everyone to know that I want to be here," Shaw said. Since taking over as head coach for the then-actually-NFL-bound Jim Harbaugh in 2011, Shaw has led the Cardinal to a 54-14 record. His teams have recorded double-digit wins in every season except for 2014, when Stanford dipped to 8-5.
Source: Youtube
Jun 23 - 12:57 PM

When asked if Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey can carry an offense, an anonymous Pac-12 defensive coach said, "Probably."

The response sounds more tepid than it actually was. "Probably," he said. "When you watch his film, you think, 'He can't be that good.' And I have a feeling Iowa said, 'He can't be that good.' And then you play him and you realize he is that good. He's the one guy who we designed a coverage for, and we don't design coverages for everybody." The 6-foot, 197-pound McCaffrey smashed Barry Sanders' all-purpose yardage record last year with 3,864. This fall, as a protective measure, Stanford OC Mike Bloomgren wants to limit McCaffrey to 20-24 carries per game.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 6:15 PM


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