Stanford Cardinal Football Details
There are not many programs in college football that have had the success that Stanford has, which is especially impressive considering the academic standards at the school. The Cardinal have won two national championships in program history (1926, 1940), and they have also racked up 15 conference titles. This school has also seen one of its players win the Heisman Trophy, as quarterback Jim Plunkett took home the honors in 1970. Both Andrew Luck and Christian McCaffrey came close to giving this school its second and third winners, finishing as close runners-up. They did, however, make their marks on the program, and they are now doing their things in the NFL. The current head coach of this Stanford team is David Shaw. Shaw has overseen the development of guys like Luck and McCaffrey, and he has done nothing but win in Stanford. Heading into 2017, Shaw is 64-17 in six seasons with the Cardinal. He is also an impressive 4-2 in bowl games, and the success should only continue.
The Cardinal might not have McCaffrey anymore, but the team is pretty set at running back with Bryce Love back there. Love saw plenty of action over the past few years, and he is more than good enough to lead this running game. Stanford also has an improved passing game, as Keller Chryst is back and healthy for the Cardinal. Chryst has a big arm and a great mind for the game, as he comes from a family with serious coaching chomps. Chryst also has one of the best tight ends in the nation to throw to, as Dalton Schultz is considered one of the top NFL prospects at his position. Defensively, Stanford lost 2017 third overall pick Solomon Thomas. That should not, however, be a huge deal, as this is a team that always shows up on that side of the ball.