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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

With Stanford hoping to limit Christian McCaffrey to 20-24 carries per game, expect redshirt sophomore RB Bryce Love to receive an increased workload this fall.

It's easy to forget about Love when he's stuck in McCaffrey's shadow, but he would be a star in many other programs around the country. A former prep track phenom, Love a set a series of national record times in youth sprinting and was honored as the USA Track & Field Youth Athlete of the Year in 2009. As a high school senior, Love ran an electronically timed 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. In limited actions last season as a freshman, the 5-foot-10, 184-pound Love ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns on only 29 carries (7.8 YPC) while hauling in 15 catches for 250 yards and a score. Not only is McCaffrey's workload expected to be monitored, but Remound Wright graduated and Barry Sanders Jr. transferred to Oklahoma State.
Jun 18 - 1:21 PM

Stanford OC Mike Bloomgren wants to limit junior RB Christian McCaffrey to 20-24 carries per game.

The Cardinal will also scale back McCaffrey's special teams work as they protect their most precious asset. That means McCaffrey won't return every kick, and that especially means you aren't likely to see him as a gunner again. "But what a gunner he was," special teams coach Pete Alamar said. Bloomgren's pin-and-pull schema, similar to what Chip Kelly's Eagles did the past few years, is perfect for McCaffrey's skill set. Prior to last season, McCaffrey studied tape of LeSean McCoy to pick up tips on how to wait on blockers. This offseason, per strength coach Shannon Turley, McCaffrey increased his vertical by two inches and his bench press by 30 pounds while reducing his body fat by 3.6 percent.
Jun 16 - 7:01 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey might not have the stature to hold up to a 25-carry workload at the NFL level.

Instead of serving as a traditional workhorse back like Adrian Peterson, Jeremiah believes the 6-foot, 197-pound McCaffrey could carve out a role that places an emphasis on his versatility. The analyst envisions something like 12-14 carries per game, 4-5 catches, plus some return work. We understand Jeremiah's point -- it might even prove true -- but it isn't like David Shaw has been babying the dynamic star. Last season, McCaffrey carried the ball 337 times. Compare that to Derrick Henry -- the most recent collegiate standard bearer for causing "Oh dear God" reactions while perusing box scores -- who toted the rock 395 times in 2015. Henry also played in one more game than McCaffrey.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 3:13 PM

Last season, Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey's 3.20 yards per route run average led all runners and trailed only a few of the country's top receivers.

This is a truly stunning stat, especially when you consider that McCaffrey caught 43 of his 45 passes no further than nine yards downfield. What that means is the Cardinal star is both ludicrously efficient on his targets and possesses an elite attribute in his open field running, regularly converting screens and underneath throws into monster plays. But as Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley points out, he's no slot receiver disguised as a dainty running back. No, McCaffrey forced 71 missed tackles as a RB in 2015 (and 15 more as a receiver), No. 4 among returning running backs. Oh, and he earned PFF's top overall RB grade.
Jun 10 - 4:41 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that Stanford four-star 2017 QB Davis Mills could see a rise akin to that of Kyle Allen at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

"Allen was so dominant back in Chicago at the Five-Star Challenge that he proved he took that next step," Farrell wrote, "and I saw glimpses of that from Mills at our Atlanta regional camp." Both Farrell and colleague Adam Gorney see the potential for very real pushes in both ranking and star should the 6-foot-2, 188-pounder knock the socks off the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge. Gorney is of the mind that Mills could challenge Clemson commit Hunter Johnson for No. 1 pro-style quarterback honors, while Farrell thinks a fifth star could be coming his way with a strong performance. Farrell gushed that he "likes everything about [Mills'] game."
Source: Rivals
Jun 9 - 2:22 PM

Stanford four-star 2017 QB Davis Mills will attend Elite 11.

Mills is Rivals' No. 28 overall recruit in the class. Unsurprisingly, the 6-foot-4, 194-pounder's attributes read like a list of prerequisites for a Stanford quarterback: Mechanically sound with good footwork and a clean release, good touch and accuracy and extremely consistent.
Jun 6 - 6:35 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney believes that "[t]he [Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge] will be [Stanford four-star 2017 QB Davis] Mills’ opportunity to enter into the argument as the top pro-style quarterback in the class."

"Mills hasn’t been on the circuit for as long or done as many national events as many of the other top-rated quarterbacks, but he might be just as good - or better," Gorney wrote. Clemson commit Hunter Johnson currently ranks as Rivals' No. 1 pro-style gunslinger for 2017, but Mills is nipping at his heels at No. 2. He committed to Stanford in mid-March. Both Mills and Johnson will be competing at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta next weekend.
Source: Rivals
Jun 5 - 5:56 PM

Stanford redshirt senior S Dallas Lloyd was named to the preseason Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

Lloyd didn't need football to attend Stanford, but the football team sure appreciates his help. A Pac-12 All-Academic second team last year and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete in high school, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Lloyd posted 55 tackles last season. He's made a smooth transition to the secondary after coming to the Cardinal as a highly-regarded prep dual-threat quarterback.
May 22 - 3:20 PM

Stanford junior RB Christian McCaffrey believes that some downgrade his athleticism because of the perceptions about white athletes.

"When you read about white athletes these days and white skill possession receivers specifically, one word you'll always find is tough," McCaffrey said, adding that "[y]ou'll rarely see [descriptions like] explosive, athletic, stuff like that." The 6-foot, 197-pound Stanford stud isn't out of bounds here. The word "gritty" has been used to describe the Wes Welkers of the world so often that it borders on self-parody. McCaffrey smashed Barry Sanders' all-purpose yardage record last year with 3,864 of 'em. The word "gritty" would be underselling that achievement by a fair margin.
May 21 - 3:04 PM


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