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Pac-10 Week 4 Notes and Observations: Stanford Cardinal

By Dave Consolazio, September 30, 2009 12:47 am

Stanford Cardinal 3-1 Overall (2-0 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Stanford 34 – Washington 14

Next Week’s Opponent: UCLA


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Pac-10 Week 4 Notes and Observations: Washington Huskies

By Sam Saig, September 29, 2009 9:18 am

Washington Huskies 2-2 Overall (1-1 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Stanford 34 – Washington 14

Next Week’s Opponent: @Notre Dame


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Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Secondary – Stanford Cardinal

By Sam Saig, August 19, 2009 9:37 am

Last season, Stanford’s defense finished 11th nationally in sacks with 33. A strong front seven returns again in 2009, meaning a repeat performance is quite achievable.

Unfortunately, that may not help the secondary.

Even with consistent pressure being applied by the first and second level, Stanford’s defensive backfield fell victim to an onslaught of passing yards in 2008. The Cardinal’s passing defense ranked 86th in the country, and the unit produced a dreadfully low seven interceptions on the year (107th nationally).

This off-season, the coaching trio of Ron Lynn (co-defensive coordinator), Andy Buh (co-defensive coordinator), and Clayton White (DBs coach) have made a number personnel changes in an attempt to resuscitate the lowly third level. The changes appear to be paying off, as there is now more quality depth at both safety and cornerback. In fact, head coach Jim Harbaugh has been raving about the play of the DBs this fall.

While the unit still has a long way to go, the new look secondary is improving by the day.

Richard Sherman will transition to cornerback in 09

Richard Sherman will switch to CB in '09

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