This, of course, is where it all begins. There was concern in some corners due to the departures of All-America guard David DeCastro and All-Conference left tackle Jonathan Martin, and there were some growing pains early on, but it was business as usual for the offensive line by midway through the season. Here's what I wrote in last August's preview of this group:
At a certain point, college football observers will come to understand what card-carrying members of Mighty Card Nation already know. Stanford University produces Supreme Court Justices, Nobel Prize winners, and offensive linemen. When one group leaves, there will always be two or three players waiting to step in and fill the void. Because they've been admitted to the University, they will have the intellectual capacity to master the intracies of the position. Because of the coaching they receive, they will be prepared the first time they set foot on the field. Because the system often calls not only for a rotation of linemen, but also an entire herd of them in various power and hulk formations, they will be experienced.
At Stanford University, the offensive line is not rebuilt. It is reloaded. Today, tomorrow, and always.