With the Stanford
program losing Andrew Luck
to the NFL, many Cardinal fans are wondering how the offense will fare without their star playmaker.
Coach David Shaw made it clear at Pac-12 Media Day that there is still plenty of talent on the roster.
"Stepfan Taylor is going to continue to play at a high level. He's a back-to-back thousand yard rusher and has been a team leader for us. Chase Thomas, also. All-American last year as an outside linebacker. We get Shayne Skov back this year, who was an All-American the year before, so we feel like we have one of the best tight end combinations in the nation," he said.
Luck wasn't the only player to depart to the NFL; offensive linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin were both high draft picks, as well.
However, Stanford had a very successful National Signing Day, landing some of the country's top offensive line prospects, and Shaw feels confident that some may see the field this fall.
"Those guys, Kyle Murphy, Joshua Garnett, as well as Andrus Peat, will be right in the thick of it. We're looking for starting roles. Not just contributing roles, but starting positions. If they don't win the starting role but they earn the right to play, we're going to play them. We didn't recruit those guys to sit and watch football games, they can do that at home," he said.
The Cardinal continue to churn out NFL-caliber talent, and Shaw says the preparation is part of Stanford's plan.
"It's what we set out do six years ago, when Coach Harbaugh took over the job, for there to be a natural progression from Stanford to the NFL. We run NFL schemes, we train in NFL style, we use NFL terminology, so it's an easier transition for those guys. We believe we are preparing those guys both for the NFL and also for life in general," he said.
Full FoxSports.com 1-on-1 interview below:
Though many people are wondering how Stanford will fare this season sans Andrew Luck, Cardinal head coach David Shaw is confident with the talent remaining on his roster. Shaw discusses offensive playmakers, the potential of incoming talent, and more in the 1-on-1 video interview from Pac-12 Media Day.
The Stanford head coach isn't too worried about his offense sans Andrew Luck.