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Stanford senior RB Bryce Love is among the players named to the Maxwell Award watch list.

No surprise here, as Love is considered one of the front-runners for several awards coming into the year, including the Heisman Trophy. Other star players on the list include Washington's Myles Gaskin, Houston's Ed Oliver, Missouri's Drew Lock and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor. The entire list of players on the watch list can be viewed in the link below.
Jul 16 - 12:00 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff believes that Stanford senior P Jake Bailey is the most underrated player on the Cardinal.

Bailey (6'2/198) is one of the best punters in the country, and he gives the Cardinal an advantage with his ability to pin opponents deep. As Aschoff notes: "Last year, Bailey ranked seventh nationally with an average punt of 45.4 yards, planted 24 of his 57 kicks inside the 20 and bombed 20 punts of 50-plus yards." Punters deserve love too.
Source: ESPN
Jul 8 - 1:03 PM

Stanford senior RB Bryce Love forced 76 missed tackles on carries last season.

Pro Football Focus passing along the statistic. Those 76 missed tackles are tops among returning Pac-12 backs, with Love being trailed by Utah's Zack Moss (64) and Washington's Myles Gaskin (44). The 5-foot-10, 196-pound Stanford standout not only has the ability to run around you, he'll run through you if need be, averaging 4.28 yards after contact in 2017. Love racked up 2,112 rushing yards and a hearty 19 touchdowns last season.
Jul 7 - 11:28 AM

In a poll of ESPN college football analysts, four of seven tagged Stanford senior RB Bryce Love as the best running back in the country.

The outliers in this little poll were Adam Rittenberg and Tom VanHaaren -- both of whom pointed to Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor as their best in show -- and Alex Scarborough, who opted in with Oklahoma's Rodney Anderson. All three of these fantastic backs are going to be in the Heisman conversation this year assuming health, with Love currently viewed as the front-runner to take home the honor.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 11:53 AM

Stanford received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 CB Kyu Kelly.

While Kelly is listed on both the 247Sports composite board and ESPN 300 as a cornerback, Rivals views the 6-foot-1, 160-pounder as a wide receiver in waiting. Setting aside what position the Las Vegas native ultimately plays at the collegiate level, he slides into the aforementioned composite board as the No. 4 prospect in the state of Nevada for the 2019 cycle.
Jun 30 - 2:43 PM

Stanford received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 RB Austin Jones.

Jones (5'11/190) was also seriously considering Cal, Oregon, UCLA and Utah before ultimately opting in with the Cardinal. He envisions himself in the mold of former Stanford star Christian McCaffrey, as like C-Mac, he's a versatile prospect who could see considerable use as a receiver and/or special teams piece in addition to the traditional ground game. Sliding into the 247Sports composite as the No. 85 recruit in the 2019 class, Jones will be taking part in The Opening in Dallas this weekend. He aced his showing at the Bay Area regional earlier this spring.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 29 - 4:29 PM

Stanford senior RB Bryce Love averaged 4.28 yards after contact last season.

Love (5'10/184) is most well known for his bolt-of-lightning touchdown gallops, but he's also a tough runner who does not shy away from contact. Per Pro Football Focus, those 4.28 yards averaged after contact were good for ninth-most in the FBS among returning backs. So long as he can maintain his health -- he dealt with a nagging ankle injury throughout the 2017 campaign -- he'll be on the short list of Heisman candidates this fall. Love rushed for 2,112 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.
Jun 23 - 1:52 PM

Stanford received a verbal commitment from four-star 2020 WR Bryce Farrell.

Farrell ranks 46th among wide receivers in the 2020 class on 247 Sports composite rankings, and 28th among all players from California. He already had offers from several high-profile schools on top of Stanford, including Notre Dame, Nebraska and Florida. Reports indicate he's able to make players miss in the open field, and his sure-handed ball-skills could make him a solid option in the slot. Stanford always seems to do well with players of this skillset. Farrell (5'11/170) could be next in line.
Jun 22 - 8:20 PM

CBS Sports NFL Draft writer Chris Trapasso lists Stanford junior TE Kaden Smith as an underclassmen to watch for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Smith (6'6'/242) didn't have a big season in 2017, but he showed flashes of brilliance; particularly in the Pac-12 title game when he scored two touchdowns on 80 yards receiving. We've seen Stanford tight ends go early before, and as Trapasso notes, he has the size and wingspan you're looking for at the position. "Smith was a reliable run-blocker on the edge for David Shaw's club," he writes. "And he if demonstrates more well-rounded play this year with increased receiving numbers, he could be an early entrant to the 2019 draft and get picked in one of the first few rounds."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 11:33 AM

Stanford senior WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside recorded the highest yards per route run among returning PAC-12 wide receivers.

This stat shouldn't be all that surprising as Arcega-Whiteside ran tons of deep routes and was highly efficient, catching all 15 of his targets that traveled 20-or-more yards in the air. He finished 2017 with a 48-781-9 receiving line and will once again be Stanford's No. 1 wideout next season.
Jun 16 - 12:09 PM

Stanford received a verbal commitment from four-star C Branson Bragg.

Bragg is considered one of the very best centers in the class, with ESPN ranking him second at the position in the class. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman was also considering schools like Texas, LSU, Michigan and Oklahoma. Reports indicate that Bragg has "nastiness" in finishing blocks and has the strength to wall off defenders. This could be a near-ready prospect who could play early for the Cardinal.
Jun 15 - 8:15 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah compared Stanford senior RB Bryce Love to Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers.

Jeremiah explained, "Both guys lack ideal measurables, but they have natural instincts, toughness and a ton of production. Love has a little more top speed than Rodgers, but they both possess outstanding quickness. I don't see Love becoming a heavy-workload back at the next level, but he should have a long, successful NFL career as a complementary back." This seems like a really underwhelming comparison for the 2017 Heisman runner-up and the odds-on favorite in 2018 due to how Rodgers turned out in the NFL. Eliminating Rodgers' pedestrian tenure in the NFL and solely looking at him as a prospect makes the comparison slightly more palatable.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 12:02 PM

In their latest odds for the Heisman Trophy, Westgate Superbook has Stanford senior RB Bryce Love listed as the favorite at 5/1.

Love is followed by Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor (7/1), Georgia QB Jake Fromm (10/1), Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (10/1), Oregon QB Justin Herbert (14/1) and Arizona QB Khalil Tate (14/1). The likes of Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham and Georgia RB D'Andre Swift can be had at 20/1. If you're looking for a long, long shot, Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence is drawing 100/1 odds.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 11:11 AM

ESPN's Edwards Aschoff lists Stanford's secondary as the biggest question mark for the Cardinal in 2018

The Cardinal lost a couple of players in the defensive backfield from 2017; and in truth, the secondary wasn't exactly a strength for Stanford last fall. They will return redshirt senior Alijah Holder, but he's missed time the last two years with injuries. "The defense as a whole has a lot of questions to answer going forward, but the secondary really has a lot of uncertainly with the losses of top players Justin Reid and Quenton Meeks," writes Aschoff. "It's hard to say how close the Cardinal have come to replacing those guys after spring practice was plagued by a rash of injuries."
Source: ESPN
Jun 4 - 2:45 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Stanford senior WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside tied for the least in most "deep ball" receptions without a drop among returning receivers.

Arcega-Whiteside caught 15 passes without dropping one on passes over 20 yards, which tied Western Kentucky wideout John Gardner for the lead among players that are returning. "The key thing with Arcega-Whiteside, he made his opportunities count," writes PFF's Cam Mellor. "He hauled in all 15 catchable deep passes thrown his way in 2017, bringing in 458 yards and two touchdowns on targets at least 20 yards downfield without a drop." Expect Arcega-Whiteside (6'3/221) to get more opportunities in 2018, and for him to again to make the most of them.
Jun 1 - 7:01 PM


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