Stanford head coach David Shawn made it clear Tuesday that nobody can replace Andrew Luck, his All-American quarterback who was selected No. 1 overall in April’s NFL Draft.
But if thePac-12 preseason media poll is any indication, Shaw should have enough talented players returning to remain competitive.
Stanford was picked in the poll to finish second in the North Division, just behind defending conference champion Oregon. The Cardinal also received five first-place votes and garnered the third most points in the conference.
“We have the most underrated running back in the nation,” Shaw said. “I think we have a great front seven, as good as college football has had.”
Among those returning are linebacker Chase Thomas, who was recently named to the Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list; running back Stepfan Taylor, named to the Doak Walker watch list; and Ben Gardner, who was named to the Lombardi Award watch list.