With things not going anywhere close according to plan this season, Stanford head coach David Shaw is in need of a change. This week that change will come at quarterback, where Keller Chryst will get a chance to start his first game with the Cardinal. Chryst will replace Ryan Burns, who has been picked off seven times this season.
”I hate to get to this point,” Shaw said. ”But it’s the best thing for this offense. We need more production at that position. It’s our challenge to support Keller.”
Chryst has attempted 18 passes this season, completing seven for 63 yards with one interception. He has also rushed 11 times for 11 yards.
Stanford’s offensive woes are not to rest squarely on the shoulders of Burns, but one of the biggest ways to spark a struggling offense is to change the quarterback. Shaw hopes this change will turn things around before things get too much worse this season. Stanford’s offensive numbers are down much more than anyone would have expected this season. The Cardinal are averaging just 17.0 points per game and 299.1 yards per game. Stanford has reached the end zone on offense just 10 times. Oklahoma and Texas Tech combined for 17 touchdowns on Saturday.
”I’ve been working with both all year and they’re both great people,” Stanford wide receiver Trent Irwin said. ”Sometimes you just need a change. We’ll see where it goes and have fun with it.”
Stanford takes on Arizona in Tucson this Saturday night.
LSU opened up a high-profile head coaching vacancy on Sunday by removing head coach Les Miles as the head of the football program. As Miles was shown the door, the list of possible candidates started popping up just about everywhere you might look. Names like Houston’s Tom Herman and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher have been popular and trendy, but not so much for Stanford head coach David Shaw.
Asked about the new opening in Baton Rouge, Shaw was rather definitive in his stance.
“Are you serious? The answer is no,” Shaw said, seemingly without hesitation according to ESPN reporter David Lombardi.
It should be mentioned that it is incredibly rare for a head coach in a current position with one program would even drop a hint of interest in another position elsewhere, so keep that in mind as coaches like Herman and Fisher deny having any contact with LSU and so on during the annual coaching carousel. That said, Shaw leaving Stanford would be a pretty good shock, so we can probably take Shaw at his word here.
Stanford head coach David Shaw has not been one to partake in the satellite camp practice the way former Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh since his arrival at Michigan. As far as Shaw is concerned, there is little use to the practice from Stanford’s perspective.
The Pac-12 was one of the four power conferences to vote in favor of banning satellite camps. Unlike his counterpart at Washington State, Mike Leach, Shaw saw no problem with eliminating satellite camps. Given his point of view, his take is pretty fair. Stanford does operate on a different level when it comes to academic standards compared to many other programs, and it may be fair to suggest the majority of the high school kids participating in some of the football camps may not be able to make the cut for Stanford’s elevated academic standard.
Here is the full context of the quote, as provided by Rule of Tree;
“I have no opinion,” Shaw said. “It’s never affected us. People do them, and people don’t do them. We’ve got great attendance at the camps we have here — we get a lot of guys we want to come….But I didn’t like the way that a lot of people have put this as the SEC against Jim Harbaugh. That’s not what this has been about. Conference by conference, this has been going on for three plus years, since Jim was with the 49ers. This has been a battle. As a conference, we had a long discussion three years ago about what we were going to do about satellite camps….I’m great with whatever college football says, because it doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t make sense for us to go hold a camp some place where there might be one person in the entire state that’s eligible to get into Stanford.”
Shaw has focused on recruiting the talent that he knows will be able to be a part of his program, and that makes sense. Why waste time trying to recruit talent you are reasonably sure will not be able to make the cut at your university? By wasting such time, you could be missing out on talent that could go elsewhere. There is precious little time to waste on the recruiting trail, and Shaw is spot on with his take as far as things are concerned at Stanford. Had he been the coach of another program, he might be singing a slightly different tune.
Of all of the players in college football with something to prove this spring, Stanford’s dynamic Christian McCaffrey is most certainly not among them. The Heisman finalist did it all for the Cardinal en route to a Pac-12 championship last season, which is why David Shaw decided to give McCaffrey a little bit of a break in the spring game on Saturday.
“He went through all the practices,” Shaw said. “For me, it was just a mileage thing. We tried to make sure that we got him completely recuperated before we starting beating him up again.”
McCaffrey put up monster numbers last season in rushing for 2,019 yards on 337 rushing attempts, catching 45 passes for 645 yards, returning 15 punts and 37 kickoffs. He ended his tremendous sophomore season with 2,664 yards from scrimmage and 1,200 special teams yards. McCaffrey did see the field during Stanford’s spring game, calling for a fair catch three teams on punt duty, but that was all fans got to see of the 2015 Heisman Trophy runner-up.
“I wish I could be out here, but it makes sense,” McCaffrey said. “I feel great, and excited to be a part of this team.”
With McCaffrey taking it relatively easy in the spring game, the focus was on the quarterback competition with Ryan Burns and Keller Chryst attempting to replace Kevin Hogan. Shaw said he will have to look at the film before making any determination in which quarterback performed better, but the box score showed a pretty even afternoon for each. Burns completed 17 of 23 pass attempts for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Chryst completed 16 of his 25 attempts for 156 yards and he led two scoring drives.
“Hard to say who had the upper hand,” Shaw said. “We have to see what the decision making looked like. I was excited to see both guys come back and make some big-time throws. There were a lot of positives for both guys.”
The legacy of Kevin Hogan at Stanford will continue for years thanks to a gift from a pair of Stanford alums. The school announced on Thursday the position of quarterbacks coach has been endowed by a gift from Kim and Eddie Poplawski in honor of the now former Cardinal quarterback.
“I am beyond humbled by this generous gift from Eddie and Kim Poplawski,” said Tavita Pritchard, Stanford’s first Kevin M. Hogan Quarterbacks Coach. “The legacy that Kevin Hogan left on the field can only be eclipsed by the caliber of his character. This gift is a great reminder of what makes our Stanford community so special.”
A statement from the generous donors praised Hogan.
“Our lives have been incredibly blessed by our, nearly four-decade old, connection to Stanford, and it is truly a pleasure and privilege to be able to honor Kevin and his family in this manner,” said Kim and Eddie Poplawski. “In our minds, Kevin has set the gold standard on many different levels for student-athletes. He leads by example with conviction and grace. He competes with intense passion, but always with respect and tremendous humility. He thoughtfully and thoroughly prepares himself for the challenges he faces on and off the field, while remaining keenly focused and concerned about the successes of others not just his own.
“Kevin is a Stanford treasure who will always represent our university in a first-class manner no matter where his life’s journey leads him. It warms our hearts to be able to forever commemorate his legacy on The Farm.
Hogan was 36-10 as Stanford’s quarterback over the past four seasons and a part of three Pac-12 championship teams with two Rose Bowl victories along the way.
Stanford now has five football staff positions endowed with this newest renamed position. Head coach David Shaw is officially Stanford’s Bradford M. Freeman Director of football. Lance Anderson is the Willie Shaw Director of Defense. Mike Bloomgren is the Associate Head Coach and Andrew Luck Director of Offense. Shannon Terry holds the title of Kissick Family Director of Sports Performance.