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Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Linebacker – Stanford Cardinal

By Sam Saig, August 7, 2009 11:05 am

Since the arrival of head coach Jim Harbaugh in December of 2006, Stanford has improved its talent in virtually every area; linebacker is no exception.

The Cardinal are faster and stronger than they have been in years at the position, and more importantly, coach Harbaugh’s tremendous recruiting effort has allowed for quality depth to surface within the unit. This may not be the Pac-10’s best group of linebackers, but it is a technically sound unit that is full of potential.

Replacing productive three-year starter Pat Maynor (graduated) will not be easy, as he was a mainstay at linebacker over the course of his career (257 total tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 10 sacks). Fortunately, the Cardinal have a proven senior leader in the middle of the defense who will guide the rest of the Stanford LBs in 2009.

Fifth-year senior Clinton Snyder enters his final season in Palo Alto having started in 34 of the past 36 games. Snyder is the undisputed anchor of the unit, and one of the most productive linebackers in the conference. He is a punishing run-stopper, but will also act as one of the team’s best blitz options.

Clinton Snyder waits for the snap

Clinton Snyder waits for the snap

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Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Running Back – Stanford Cardinal

By Sam Saig, June 28, 2009 9:07 am

Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh demands physical toughness out of his players. Next season, the Cardinal will showcase that toughness with a heavy dose of power running. Returning to the Farm will be a two-sport superstar at running back, ready to make his last season in Palo Alto a special one.

Senior Toby Gerhart will look to build on a phenomenal junior season. The 6-1 237 pound tailback finished third in the Pac-10 with 1,136 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2008. The 1,136 yards gave Gerhart a single-season rushing record at Stanford, while his 15 scores are second in school history for a single-season. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry and totaled eight 100-yard games, more than any other running back in the Pac-10 last season. Gerhart earned 2nd team all-conference honors in 2008.

Toby Gerhart shreds the tackle

Toby Gerhart sheds the tackle

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