Stanford football has a long history of outstanding offensive linemen, and Kwame Harris (2000-02) certainly belongs in that group. The typical path for offensive line recruits is to redshirt during their first year while bulking up and learning the offense, but Harris actually saw the field as a true freshman, playing in seven games. He earned the starting job at right tackle as a sophomore, and played well enough to be named second-team All-Pac-10.
Harris truly bloomed as a junior, as he continued to shine from his right tackle position. He was an honorable mention All-America and earned first team All-Pac-10 honors. He also won the 2002 Morris Trophy, awarded annually to the top offensive or defensive lineman in the Pac-10. Harris left Stanford for the NFL after his junior season, but his abbreviated career was strong enough to warrant placement on this list.
*My first thought was to try to come up with a list of the best Stanford football players of all-time, but I quickly realized that I'm not qualified. I've only been watching Stanford football since the fall of 1987, so I can't really comment intelligently on players who suited up before then. Sure, I know that Jim Plunkett belongs, but I know nothing about Randy Vataha. Sports Illustrated once named Ernie Nevers the greatest college football player of all-time, and that's certainly good enough for me, but how can I possibly rank him against players of a more modern era? So I decided to create a list of the best Stanford players that I've actually seen in my time as a fan, and since that's roughly twenty-five years, I'm calling it the Silver Squad. (Catchy, isn't it?) Anyway, I'd love to hear your own memories of these players, and I won't be offended if you argue about who should or should not have been included on this list. Enjoy.