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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Top things learned so far this spring: No. 4

By Kyle Bonagura

The countdown of five things we learned from the first half of Stanford spring practice continues.

No. 4: No clear leader at running back

While there was minimal rotation on the offensive line with the first team during the Cardinal's two open practices, running back couldn't have been more different. Four players saw consistent reps with first group: Remound Wright, Ricky Seale, Barry Sanders and Kelsey Young.

It's obviously still early -- Stanford is only halfway through its spring practice season -- but there has been nothing to indicate the Cardinal is in position to lean on one guy. That's a significant change in how the offense has operated the last six years with Toby Gerhart, Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gaffney all serving as feature backs.

Wright is the default leader because of his ability to pass protect, but he doesn't have the open-field skill of Sanders or Young.

Seale is a fifth-year senior, which could work for or against him. On one hand, he has had plenty of time to develop an expert understanding of the offense and its concepts. If the coaching staff feels like he'll be a substantial contributor this season, that'll be beneficial. However, if it's determined he's comparable with Sanders, a sophomore, or Young, a junior, it could be more beneficial to the program's future for the younger players to get the practice reps and, eventually, the playing time.

Countdown

No. 5: The offensive line is set