Could History Repeat Thursday? Stanford Defensive Players Hit Twitter


NFL prospect Shayne Skov is ready for Thursday after an outstanding career at Stanford

We all know what happened last year as the Oregon Ducks fell 14-17 to a Stanford defense that brought shock to the nation and ended the Ducks 2012 National Championship hopes. Could that happen this year? I have to say no, with QB Marcus Mariota being  much more experienced than a year ago, however these defensive players for the Cardinal seem to be keeping the faith. Below leading Stanford tackler linebacker Shayne Skov (63 combined tackles) along with fellow linebacker Trent Murphy  (33 combined tackles)  express their opinions. This season the Stanford defense is ranked #23 in the country and surrendering an average of 19.4 points per game while allowing an average of 103.3 yards on the ground and 250.1 via the air.


Some Interesting Bits of Info…

USA Today:

But Oregon was really good a year ago, too. The Ducks were ranked No. 2 in the BCS, averaging 54.8 points and 325 rushing yards. Stanford held them to 198. The defensive performance in 2012 was much more than one play. Or five, counting the subsequent stand. Stanford dominated the line of scrimmage with its 3-4 base defense, pushing Oregon into third-and-long situations, playing nearly flawless assignment football and wrinkling its defensive scheme to try to slow down Mariota’s decision-making. When one guy missed, Carrington’s touchdown-saving tackle mattered – as well as the defensive stand that followed, which ended with inside linebacker Shayne Skov’s tackle of Mariota for no gain on fourth down at the 7.

In the six years since Jim Harbaugh’s rebuild of the Stanford program began, the Cardinal gradually recruited faster, more athletic defenders, even as the defensive foundation remained a big, physical front seven. Against Oregon in 2012, Stanford controlled the line of scrimmage most of the time. There were fewer missed assignments – and as important, very few missed tackles – than in any other game. Mason also made schematic changes to try to combat the Ducks’ zone-read running game.

Salt Lake City Tribune: