When Jim Harbaugh left the program he had built to join the San Francisco 49ers on January 7, 2011, Stanford football stood at a crossroads. Most observers believed the program would crumble and that the assembled recruiting class would splinter in the four weeks that remained before National Signing Day, but that didn't happen. This series will take a closer look at some of the players from that landmark class who are poised for greatness in 2013.
Kelsey Young arrived at Stanford two years ago as one of the top running back recruits in California, grading out as a four-star prospect according to both Rivals and Scout. But like most of Stanford's running back recruits over the past few years, he spent his first season on the sidelines. The coaches have been excited about him since his signing, however, and when I asked Coach Shaw about Young prior to last season, he explained the situation like this: "We have a depth chart on a board in my office. The receivers are listed [in one column], and the running backs are listed [in another]. Right in the middle, all by himself, is Kelsey." He further explained that although they weren't sure how they were going to use him, they knew they had to get him the ball.