Friday, April 8, 2011
Exiting the spring: Stanford
By Ted Miller
Stanford concludes spring practices with its spring game on Saturday. Here's a brief primer.
Spring game: 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, ESPN3.com.
Questions answered: Running back Stepfan Taylor asserted himself and the offensive line, which lost three starters, seems to be reloading more than rebuilding, particularly with offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and guard David DeCastro talking leadership roles. There's little doubt Stanford will continue to be a downhill running team, even with the best quarterback in the nation. While competition to fill two voids at linebacker are on-going, the talent and depth is encouraging.
Questions unanswered: There's still plenty of competition on the defensive line and at cornerback, with the D-line ranking as more of a question mark. The competition at offensive right tackle between senior Tyler Mabry and redshirt freshmen Cameron Fleming and David Yankey is too close to call and the pecking order at receiver isn't clear.
Spring stars: Henry Anderson will help on the D-line, whether at nose tackle or end. Ryan Hewitt will step in for Owen Marecic at fullback, but will play a more hybrid role, which includes some H-back. Cornerback Terrence Brown and safety Devon Carrington, both sophomores, are in the mix in the secondary.
Of note: Josh Nunes has taken the lead at backup quarterback behind Andrew Luck ... Defensive coordinator Derek Mason said that a handful of incoming freshmen are likely to play, particularly in the secondary. Touted linebacker James Vaughters also figures to be in the mix.