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Stanford’s leading tackler pulls name from transfer portal

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It appears that one of the myriad Stanford Cardinal football players who entered the portal has stepped back from the transfer abyss.

Christmas Eve, we noted that Andrew Pryts was the latest Stanford Cardinal football player to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database.  We also noted that the development doesn’t necessarily mean the linebacker is guaranteed to leave as he could always pull his name out.

According to a Stanford Cardinal football official, that’s exactly what has happened as Pryts’ name no longer appears in the portal.  The withdrawal was first reported by 247Sports.com.

If the reversal holds, it would be a huge get for David Shaw‘s Stanford Cardinal football program.

Pryts started all 12 games for the Cardinal this season.  The redshirt junior led the team in tackles with 71.

All told, the Pennsylvania native has thus far played in 26 games during his time at the Pac-12 school.

Including Pryts, at least 15 Stanford Cardinal football players have entered the portal this cycle.  One of those, defensive linemen Michael Williams, explained to 247Sports.com at least a partial reasoning behind the exceptionally-high exodus numbers:

Williams, a two-year starter, told 247Sports that this big run of transfer portal entrants was somewhat expected in Palo Alto. In fact, head coach David Shaw encouraged his players to explore their options knowing how hard it can be to get into graduate school. Williams labeled potential entry into some Stanford graduate programs as “nearly impossible.”

He said Shaw left the door open for the team’s fifth-year seniors to return to school if they want.

“He wants to make the best decisions for us,” Williams said. “He wants us to make the best decisions for ourselves. I appreciate him for it. He actually told me: ‘Visit anywhere you want. Do anything you want to do. Just make the best decision for you. If Stanford is the best decision for you then I know you’ll come.’

 

UNLV hires Stanford assistant Peter Hansen as DC

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Thanks to the Stanford Cardinal football team, Marcus Arroyo is closing in on filling out his first UNLV coaching staff.

Tuesday, UNLV announced the hiring of Peter Hansen as Arroyo’s defensive coordinator.  The longtime Bay-area coach will also be responsible for the Rebels’ inside linebackers.

Hansen served two different stints as part of the Stanford Cardinal football program over the past decade-plus.

In 2008, Hansen was part of the strength & conditioning staff.  From 2009-10, he was a defensive assistant.  After a stint in the NFL, Hansen returned to the Cardinal in 2013.  The past seven seasons, he was Stanford’s inside linebackers coach.

In between the two Farm stops, Hansen was a defensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers.  He worked with both inside and outside linebackers during his two years with the NFL club.

Hansen, who played his college football and basketball at Arizona, was born in Palo Alto and began his coaching career at a high school in the city.  This will mark the assistant’s first coaching job outside of the Bay area.

Hansen and the rest of the Rebels defensive staff will have their work cut out for them.  At least, based on the campaign they will.

This past season, UNLV was dead last in the Mountain West Conference and 108th nationally as they gave up up 33 points per game.  In total defense, they were 13th in the conference and 105th in the country as they allowed 442.3 yards per game.  In passing defense, they were 13th and 104th.

With the Hansen hiring, Arroyo now has eight of his 10 on-field assistants in place.  The others already on the staff are:

  • Danny Langsdorf, quarterbacks coach/passing-game coordinator
  • Cameron Norcross, offensive line/running-game coordinator
  • Scott Baumgartner, running backs
  • Jordan Paopao, tight ends/special teams coordinator
  • Kenwick Thompson, linebackers
  • Damon Magazu, safeties
  • Tre Watson, cornerbacks

LSU, two B1G schools will have most players on Super Bowl rosters

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The LSU Tigers football program represented the sport well in winning the 2019 national championship, and now they’re set to be well-represented when the next level crowns its Super Bowl champion as well.

Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs again overcame an early deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game. In the NFC championship game, the San Francisco 49ers pummeled the Green Bay Packers to earn a berth opposite the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. That game will be played at the home of the Miami Hurricanes, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Feb. 2.

The 49ers, seeking their first Super Bowl win since 1994, have four former LSU football players currently listed on their official online roster*. The Chiefs, in search of their first title since 1969, have one former LSU football player on their Super Bowl roster. That total of five is tied for the most for a single school in this year’s game.

The number for LSU is matched by a pair of schools from the Big Ten — Iowa and Penn State — for the most players on Super Bowl rosters this year. Three former Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes play for the 49ers, two for the Chiefs.

Two SEC schools, Florida and Vanderbilt, each have four former players as part of the game, as does Stanford. Middle Tennessee State and San Diego State are two of a gaggle of schools with three players on teams playing in the game, which is the most of any Group of Five conference member.

Conference-wise, it was the SEC leading the way (again) with 32 players, followed by the Big Ten’s 22. The ACC (17), Pac-12 (16), Big 12 (12) and Conference USA (11) were the only other FBS leagues in double digits.

As for the other conferences?

  • Mountain West, nine
  • AAC, six
  • MAC, five
  • Sun Belt, four

Football independents accounted for six players. There were a total of 21 players who played at levels of football other than the FBS.

Below are all of the individual schools that will be represented on Super Sunday:

FIVE
Iowa
LSU
Penn State

FOUR
Florida
Stanford
Vanderbilt

THREE
Arizona
Auburn
Clemson
Kansas State
Middle Tennessee State
Mississippi State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Pittsburgh
San Diego State
South Carolina

TWO
Alabama
BYU
Central Michigan
Duke
FAU
Florida State
Georgia Southern
Michigan
Michigan State
NC State
Ole Miss
Oregon
Purdue
Southern Miss
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
USF
Utah
Virginia

ONE
Air Force
Alabama A&M
Appalachian State
Arizona State
Arkansas
Baylor
Boston College
Bowling Green State
Buffalo
Cal
Cincinnati
Colorado
Colorado State
Colorado State-Pueblo
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Eastern Washington
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State
Harvard
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
James Madison
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana
McGill (Canada)
Minnesota
Montana State
New Hampshire
New Mexico State
North Texas
Northern Illinois
Northern Iowa
Oklahoma State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Princeton
Samford
San Diego
San Jose State
SMU
South Carolina State
TCU
Temple
Texas Tech
UConn
Utah State
Valdosta State
Villanova
Virginia Tech
Wagner
Washington
West Alabama
Western Illinois
Western Kentucky
Wyoming

(*Includes players on injured reserve, practice squad, etc.)

All-Pac-12 CB Paulson Adebo will return to Stanford

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Based on the past month or so, the Stanford football program could certainly use some positive personnel news.  Friday, they got just that.

Just a short time ago, the school announced that Paulson Adebo has opted to return to the Stanford football team for his senior season. One of the top cornerbacks in the country, it had been widely expected that Adebo would make himself available for the 2020 NFL Draft.

From the school’s release:

He has 38 passes defended and eight interceptions in his career and has been named All-Pac-12 first team in each of the last two seasons. In 2018, he was named FWAA second team All-American after leading the nation, and setting a school record, with 24 passes defended.

In 2019, Adebo finished with 33 tackles, 10 pass breakups and four interceptions, despite only playing in the first nine games. He led the Pac-12 in passes defended and interceptions per game, while ranking third and eighth nationally, respectively. In three October games, Adebo totaled five pass breakups, three interceptions and nine tackles., twice earning Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Adebo is the second significant return for the Cardinal.  In mid-December, All-American offensive tackle Walker Little announced that he too would be eschewing the 2020 NFL Draft.  Conversely, tight end Colby Parkinson a few days after Little that he was leaving Stanford football for the draft.

RB Trevor Speights is 15th Stanford player to enter transfer portal

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The last one out of the Stanford Cardinal football building, please hit the lights.

Christmas Eve morning, we noted that a 14th Stanford Cardinal football player had decided to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database. A little over two weeks later, that number has now increased by one.

According to 247Sports.com, running back Trevor Speights is now listed in the portal. As is the case with most of his departing Cardinal teammates, Speights has entered the database as a graduate.

After rushing for 363 yards and a touchdown on 95 carries in 2017-18, Speights didn’t record a carry in 2019.

With Speights’ impending departure, a whopping 15 Stanford Cardinal football players have entered the portal this season.  Included in that group is one-time starting quarterback KJ Costello (HERE), a pair of starting defensive linemen (HERE), an offensive lineman (HERE) and a wide receiver (HERE).

One of those defensive linemen, Michael Williams, explained to 247Sports.com at least a partial reasoning behind the exceptionally-high exodus numbers:

Williams, a two-year starter, told 247Sports that this big run of transfer portal entrants was somewhat expected in Palo Alto. In fact, head coach David Shaw encouraged his players to explore their options knowing how hard it can be to get into graduate school. Williams labeled potential entry into some Stanford graduate programs as “nearly impossible.”

He said Shaw left the door open for the team’s fifth-year seniors to return to school if they want.

“He wants to make the best decisions for us,” Williams said. “He wants us to make the best decisions for ourselves. I appreciate him for it. He actually told me: ‘Visit anywhere you want. Do anything you want to do. Just make the best decision for you. If Stanford is the best decision for you then I know you’ll come.’