One in a series of articles looking back at the 2013 season and evaluating each position group.
When Andrew Luck was doing his thing on the Farm, making Pac-12 defenses look like the JV squads from Bellarmine Prep and Paly High School, the common question bantered about amongst the football experts was a simple one -- What kind of numbers would Luck put up if he had any wide receivers?
Luck had three great possession receivers (Ryan Whalen, Griff Whalen, and Doug Baldwin) who went on to play in the NFL, but they weren't game changers. No defensive coordinator ever gave any of those players a second thought when game-planning against the Cardinal. In fact, prior to this season, the last time Stanford wide receivers struck fear into anyone's heart was way back at the turn of the century when Troy Walters (1996-99) and DeRonnie Pitts (1997-2000), statistically the two greatest receivers in Stanford history, were busy carving their names in the Stanford record books.
I don't think there's any danger that the Stanford offense under David Shaw will ever turn away from the bread and butter of the run game, but Stanford football just might be entering into a golden era of wide receivers. Juniors Ty Montgomery and Devon Cajuste and sophomores Michael Rector and Kodi Whitfield are easily the best group of wide receivers since Walters and Pitts, and when their number is taken into consideration, along with freshman Francis Owusu, they give the Cardinal the most talent they've ever had at this critical position.