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Stanford will get DL Henry Anderson, WR Devon Cajuste back for Oregon game

Stanford Cardinal Henry Anderson deflects a pass by Wisconsin Badgers Curt Phillips during the 99th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena Reuters

Stanford will get defensive lineman Henry Anderson and wide receiver Devon Cajuste back healthy in time for both to play against Oregon on Thursday night, Cardinal head coach David Shaw said on Monday.

Anderson, a junior, hurt his leg in the second week of the season against Army and hasn’t played since. The preseason all-star candidate was replaced by senior Josh Mauro who has done a great job in his stead, collecting 37 tackles, including eight for losses, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

The return of Anderson comes at just the right time for the Cardinal as Stanford recently lost end Ben Gardner for the season due to a torn pectoral muscle. Anderson, who had a monster game (7 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF) in Stanford’s 17-14 upset win over Oregon last November, will take over his old end position while Mauro will shift to Gardner’s spot. Stanford really shouldn’t miss a beat on the defensive line since Anderson and Mauro are both NFL-type talents. The one issue with Anderson will be his conditioning.

“I don’t know if he can go 65 or 70 plays,” Shaw said.

Getting Cajuste back will help an offense that has struggled of late. The junior, who missed the Oregon State game with a knee injury, is the team’s second-leading receiver with 21 catches for 377 yards and four touchdowns.

Oregon and Stanford play at 6 p.m. PT on Thursday night in one of the biggest Thursday night matchups in recent seasons.

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2 Responses to “Stanford will get DL Henry Anderson, WR Devon Cajuste back for Oregon game”
  1. skwackquackwoof says: Nov 4, 2013 8:20 PM

    I am glad they got him back, but that dude tore us up last year. Thursday is gonna be exciting!

  2. longborer69 says: Nov 5, 2013 4:36 AM

    It’s always more satisfying when both teams are near full strength. Last year we were decimated. This year, they have the injuries, but this helps a lot, on both sides of the ball.

    We still should beat them pretty handily, but these two guys are both good, and it reduces our margin for error. That’s a good thing.

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