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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Some depth chart moves at Stanford

By Ted Miller

It appears some players have stepped up during Stanford's first of two spring sessions, at least according to reports from the Stanford Daily -- here and here.

First, Evan Crower, a 6-foot-5, junior quarterback, is taking advantage of the injury absence of Josh Nunes to make a run at being Kevin Hogan's backup next fall.

Hogan is almost certain to be the starter based on the Cardinal's 2012 surge after he displaced Nunes, but backup quarterback can end up being the second most important player on your team -- just as soon as your starter gets hurt. And, seeing that Hogan isn't shy about running the ball, a backup who inspires confidence is critical.

It also appears that Stanford's super-sophomore class of offensive linemen is making its move.

Andrus Peat, a freakish specimen at a lean 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, is making his move to become the starting left tackle, which is allowing David Yankey, the 2012 Morris Trophy winner as the Pac-12's best offensive lineman, to move inside to his natural guard position. Further, with fifth-year senior Kevin Danser getting action at center, that is allowing Josh Garnett to see time at guard with the first-team.

The takeaway here is that Stanford is likely to have the most physically talented line in the Pac-12 in 2013. Again.

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