The folks over at The Saturday Edge asked me for an update on Stanford Football after the conclusion of the spring session. Here's a quick taste:
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It looks like people around the nation — fans, coaches, media — have finally accepted that Stanford has become an elite football program. Ever since this run of success began, there have been doubters predicting a return to mediocrity.
First, they wouldn’t be able to win after Toby Gerhart left, then they’d fade away after Harbaugh moved on, and finally, they’d surely regress without Andrew Luck.
None of that happened. In fact, the team has actually improved. So it’s interesting that even though the team has to replace three players lost to last week’s NFL draft (Zach Ertz, Levine Toilolo, and Taylor), most early rankings have Stanford slotted somewhere in the top five.
But here’s the surprise — this team could actually make a run at a national championship. The defense will likely be just as good or better than it was last year, and the offensive line should develop into one of the best units in the country.