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Along the lines, Stanford football can be looked at as more contemporary than ancient (football program est. in 1891). Up until Jim Harbaugh and current HC David Shaw stepped foot on The Farm, Stanford had no bragging rights. At the turn of the 21st century, however, Stanford would be dealt some success in terms of a win-loss resume and a New Age approach to recruiting young, hungry and dynamic young men to represent itself in Division I football.

Over the past ten years with a new agenda, Stanford Cardinal football and Shaw have introduced some key names to the program, of which 20-plus of them deserve all-decade accolades.

Stanford Cardinal Football: All-Decade Team (2007-17)

Offense

Offensive Line

OG David DeCastro

OG Nate Herbig

OT Andrus Peat

OT A.T. Hall

C Chase Beeler

Wide Receivers

Ty Montgomery

172 receptions, 2,125 yards, 15 touchdowns; 39 rush attempts, 334 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

72 receptions, 1,160 yards, 14 touchdowns

Doug Baldwin

96 receptions, 1,360 yards, 13 touchdowns

Ryan Whalen

140 receptions, 1,884 yards, 7 touchdowns

Tight End

Coby Fleener

96 receptions, 1,543 yards, 18 touchdowns

Running Backs

Toby Gerhart

671 carries, 3,522 yards, 44 touchdowns

Stepfan Taylor

843 carries, 4,300 yards, 40 touchdowns; 97 receptions, 778 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns

Christian McCaffrey

632 carries, 3,922 yards, 21 touchdowns; 99 receptions, 1,206 receiving yards, 10 receiving touchdowns

Bryce Love

403 carries, 3,126 yards, 24 touchdowns; 29 receptions, 366 yards, 2 receiving touchdowns

Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck

713-of-1,024 pass attempts-completions, 9,430 yards, 82 touchdowns, 22 interceptions; 163 rush attempts, 957 rush yards, 7 rush touchdowns

Kevin Hogan

727-of-1,103 pass attempts-completions, 9,385 yards, 75 touchdowns, 29 interceptions; 315 rush attempts, 1,249 rush yards, 15 rush touchdowns

Defense

Defensive Line

DT Sione Fua

57 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks

DT Harrison Phillips

153 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks

DE Dylan Jackson

51 tackles, 3 tackles for loss

DE Solomon Thomas

98 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks

DE Aziz Shittu

77 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks

Linebackers

Shayne Skov

308 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks

Chase Thomas

229 tackles, 50.5 tackles for loss, 27.5 sacks, 2 interceptions

Trent Murphy

160 tackles, 52.5 tackles for loss, 32.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns

Safeties

Delano Howell

190 tackles, 7 interceptions

Justin Reid

170 tackles, 14 passes defended, 10.5 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions

Cornerbacks

Richard Sherman

113 tackles, 6 interceptions, one defensive touchdown

Quenton Meeks

115 tackles, 17 passes defended, 7 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns

Special Teams

K Jet Toner

54-of-54 XP attempts-made, 21-of-26 FG attempts-made, 117 points

P Jake Bailey

117 punts, 5,109 yards

PR Christian McCaffrey

56 kick returns, 1,479 yards, kick return touchdown; 34 punt returns, 380 yards, punt return touchdown

KR Chris Owusu

78 returns, 2,132 yards, 3 touchdowns

To some, the Pac-12 is background noise, especially when you’re talking about manufacturing NFL talent. Arguably so, Stanford is one of the most underrated college programs (outside of those in the SEC) that isn’t sticking to that stigma. Like many other Division I schools throughout their years, Stanford has churned out its own talent, players like John Elway and coaches, like Pop Warner.

Thanks to Stanford, today’s NFL has huddled around personalities Richard Sherman, Christian McCaffrey and David DeCastro and many other Stanford grads. Whether it’s about being ranked at the top of every statistical category or about being a pioneer in one of the most gawked at conferences in college football, the Stanford Cardinal are slowly morphing into a breeding ground for bar-setting and goal-achieving linebackers, running backs and tight ends.

College stats provided by Sports Reference, unless otherwise noted.

Sports Al Dente 2019

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