It's hard to believe that the 2014 season is already half way over, but it's true. We know that the Cardinal is 4-2 after the first six games, and we know how they got there, but how have the individual groups done? I'll look at several different position groups this week, break down what they've contributed thus far, and where needed give some suggestions about should be done in the second half of the season.
On National Signing Day of 2012 the Stanford coaching staff pulled in a haul of offensive line recruits that was unprecedented in modern college football history. With names like Andrus Peat, Kyle Murphy, and Josh Garnett, players that were covetted by programs across the nation, Stanford looked to have assured that it would maintain its position near the top of the polls for years to come. After all, if the coaching staff had been able to develop two- and three-star recruits into All-Conference and All-America players, just imagine what they'd do with the four- and five-star talent that was on the way.
Many of those linemen contributed early in their careers, with Peat earning the starting left tackle job in 2013 and Garnett getting a spot start and considerable playing time as well, but this was the year that we were supposed to truly feel the impact of that great class. Every spot on line is manned by a member of the Class of 2012. From left tackle to right tackle the starters are Peat, Garnett, Graham Shuler, Johnny Caspars, and Murphy. Even though those five had never played together, they had all played in important moments, so the hope was that they'd be able to overcome any cohesion issues by drawing on their individual game experience and prodigious talent. That hasn't quite been the case.