Video: Coach David Shaw explains the Stanford way
The Stanford way is physical play, says head coach David Shaw. That shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has watched Cardinal football these past few years. As Pac-12 offenses across the conference spread the field and air it out more and more, Stanford remains dedicated to a style of play that outdates nearly every other approach.
A new season means new faces. For the 2014 season, the Cardinal have to replace a group of strong contributors. Offensive linemen David Yankey and Cameron Fleming, along with defensive stalwarts Trent Murphy, Ed Reynolds and Ben Gardner are gone to the NFL. So too is last year's hammer out of the backfield, Tyler Gaffney. Those are some pretty tough dudes.
We know Stanford will bring the thunder again this year. The question becomes, who will lead the charge?
Will it be the anchor of the offensive line, 6'7" Andrus Peat? Can fifth-year senior A.J. Tarpley replace the hard-hitting ways of Shayne Skov on defense?
What we do know is that coach Shaw will expect nothing less than the physical Stanford way regardless of who is on the field. He sat down with Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam, Rick Neuheisel and Curtis Conway during the "Football Training Camp" tour of Stanford. Check out the video to see what drill coach Shaw says officially begins a practice and why he thinks physical play works so well for his team.