You'll have to forgive the casual football fan for not understanding the Stanford offense over the past three seasons. In 2009 Toby Gerhart was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, but he wasn't the most valuable player on his own team. (That was Andrew Luck.) Over the past two seasons Luck has been the best football player in America, but he sometimes served as a footnote to the powerful Stanford running game.
The truth of it all, of course, is that in Stanford's pro-style offense the passing game is intertwined with the rushing attack. While it isn't yet clear who will be playing quarterback for the Cardinal this fall, I can say without hesitation that he'll have the luxury of handing the ball to one of the best groups of running backs in the nation.