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CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang noted that Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey is "quick to the hole and even faster through it and into the second level."

"McCaffrey possesses extraordinary agility and burst for a man with his rock-solid 6-foot, 202 pound frame," Rang writes, "making tackling him in the open field a nightmare." The analyst calls the Stanford standout "surprisingly powerful, showing impressive leg drive and determination to twist his way through would-be tacklers." Last season, McCaffrey crumpled the record books to the tune of 3,864 all-purpose yards. Rang relays that NFL scouts are "eager to see how he'll handle a second season with this kind of work load" after totaling 437 touches over the course of the 2015 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 28 - 1:28 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey as the No. 3 draft-eligible running back.

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo agrees with those that have a Rd. 1 preseason grade on C-Mac. "If McCaffrey were just a slot receiver, he’d be a top prospect, but he’s actually a scheme-diverse runner, and that puts him in the first-round mix," Palazzolo wrote. "He sets up blocks well, and his change of direction skills allow him to hit the hole quickly." For some of these reasons, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has compared McCaffrey to Devonta Freeman. The 6-foot, 197-pound McCaffrey broke Barry Sanders' all-purpose yardage record last year with 3,864.
Aug 26 - 5:39 PM

Stanford named redshirt junior QB Ryan Burns starter.

This is a stunning upset, as redshirt sophomore Keller Chryst was widely expected to become Kevin Hogan's heir. While Burns will be under center when the Cardinal take the field against Kansas State on Friday, Sept. 2, the school's director of athletic communications Alan George added in his announcement that "Keller Chryst to see action vs. Wildcats." Since both are pro-style passers, it's a bit confusing that David Shaw will use what is in his estimation the school's second-best pocket passer as a change-of-pace option. Perhaps the field time is a way to assuage Chryst's disappointment and keep him in Palo Alto.
Aug 24 - 8:06 PM

Stanford redshirt senior S Zach Hoffpauir is back on the roster after missing last season to play pro baseball.

Hoffpauir, who turns 23 in September, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 22nd round of the 2015 draft. "I loved being in the minor leagues,’’ he said. "I was in a great organization. It was just me. I wanted to go back and finish what I started." He decided to retire after the 2015 and return to Stanford for his final collegiate campaign. Hoffpauir will play safety and some nickel this fall.
Aug 24 - 7:52 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill noted that Stanford four-star 2017 verbal WR commit Osiris St. Brown "catches everything."

Not only does St. Brown have a set of football magnets for hands, Luginbill writes that he "understands coverage, works the middle of the field and is capable of winning foot races if he catches a crease." The analyst sees the 6-foot-2, 188-pounder as "[p]ossess[ing] the quickness and acceleration to turn underneath catches into big chunks of yardage as well as stretch the field on the outside." Luginbill compares the soon-to-be baby Cardinal to Virginia Tech's Isaiah Ford.
Aug 9 - 1:16 PM

Stanford received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 WR Osiris St. Brown.

St. Brown was choosing between Notre Dame -- where his brother, Eqanimeous, plies his trade as a receiver -- and Stanford. He opted to forge his own path with the Cardinal. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound wideout ranks as Scout.com's No. 107 prospect for the 2017 cycle, with recruiting analyst Greg Biggins noting that he "[r]uns very good routes, catches everything away from his body and shows the ability to run after the catch." Biggins additionally wrote that St. Brown is "a smart football player who knows how to get open, when to break off a route and when to settle in to a zone."
Aug 5 - 3:27 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 WR Osiris St. Brown will make his pledge public on Friday.

St. Brown indicated that he already knows where he would like to commit -- Notre Dame and Stanford are widely considered to be his two finalists -- and is just finishing up the details before he makes an announcement. "I'm just going to tweet it out," said the 6-foot-2, 188-pounder, "nothing fancy and it will likely be after our second practice but again, I still don't have an exact time right now." Scout.com's Greg Biggins believes St. Brown is "talented enough to play as a true freshman, wherever he commits and has a very nice upside to him." He ranks as the outlet's No. 107 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Aug 4 - 1:29 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 WR Osiris St. Brown is considering committing "within the next week or so."

It would be a shock-and-a-half if St. Brown chose a school other than Notre Dame or Stanford. Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney terms that pair as "by far the two frontrunners." Gorney tabs the decision between those teams as "too close to call." Should he hook up with the Irish, he will join his older brother Equanimeous, a second-year receiver in the program.
Source: Rivals
Aug 1 - 2:52 PM

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


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