Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Stanford Cardinal season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Stanford Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 9-4 overall, 6-3 in Pac-12
Head Coach: David Shaw, 9th year, 82-26
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE STANFORD OFFENSE
– The offense wasn’t the normal Stanford offense. With Bryce Love hurt and the running game going nowhere, the attack relied on the Pac-12’s most efficient passing game. However, the Cardinal finished 11th in the conference in total offense and only averaged 28 points per game. The running backs didn’t get the job done, but the offensive line wasn’t up to its overall talent level. Just five starters are back, but …
– The offense is loaded at quarterback. Everything is in place to be good now, good for the next few years, and in as good a situation as possible depth-wise in case injuries hit.
Senior KJ Costello is about to rise up in a hurry in the NFL scouting world with 6-5, 215-pound size and a nice touch on his deep arm – hitting 65% of his passes last season for 3,540 yards and 29 touchdowns with 11 picks – and he can move a little bit.
6-4 junior Davis Mills is another big, talented passer, 6-4 sophomore Jack West is another big, talented passer, and 6-6, 220-pound Tanner McKee is another big, talented passer who’ll join the fun next year after completing his church mission. Helping the cause …
– Even without JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Kaden Smith and Trenton Irwin, the receivers are fine. There’s a whole lot of young talent ready to bust out and show what they can do, starting with 6-7, 240-pound junior Colby Parkinson, who’s about to become a thing in place of Smith at tight end. He’s the team’s leading returning receiver catching 29 passes for 485 yards and seven scores.
6-2, 200-pound sophomore Michael Wilson has No. 1 target potential coming off a 14 catch first season, and 6-0, 198-pound junior Connor Wedington was a big recruit with the speed to start doing a whole lot more. It’s asking a whole lot for Simi Fehoko to be another Whiteside and replace his 14 touchdown catches, but the 6-4, 210-pound sophomore will get his shot taking over the position.
– One of the biggest national shockers of last year, Bryce Love and the running game didn’t work, averaging just 3.7 yards per game and finishing with 1,403 yards on the season. Love is now a Washington Redskin, and now the spotlight is squarely on Cameron Scarlett to be a bit of a workhorse with the power around the goal line to put up a big statistical season.
He won’t have to do it alone with a promising group around him, but senior Dorian Maddox is the only one with any real experience carrying the ball 23 times last season. There’s the potential to turn around the ground game in a hurry, and now ….
– The offensive line has to be better, and it starts with getting healthier. Foster Sarell and Walker Little could be among the best and most talented tackle combinations in college football, but they need to get and stay healthy. Losing star guard Nate Herbig early to the next level and not having center Jesse Burkett around hurts, but there’s enough talent and experience across the line to play around with the parts, needing 6-7, 287-pound senior Devery Hamilton to move from tackle to guard if everyone is in one piece.