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Shaw puts Stanford season into perspective

By Rick Eymer

The Stanford football team has lost one game in the calendar year and some think the wheels are falling off. Has it really been that long since the Cardinal finished 1-11?

The prevalent feeling that things are not going well over the past couple of days follows Utah's 27-21 victory over Stanford on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

"Perspective," Stanford coach David Shaw said Tuesday. "Look at where we are, how we got there and where we're going."

After winning one of 12 games in 2006, current 49ers coach and Palo Alto grad Jim Harbaugh was brought in to right the ship. Even Harbaugh had losing seasons in each of his first two years.

In 2009, with Andrew Luck in his first year as quarterback, the Cardinal went 8-5 and played in the Sun Bowl. A major accomplishment following seven consecutive losing season, the longest such stretch in Stanford history.

Stanford has accumulated a 35-5 record over the previous three years after a combined 17-19 mark between 2007-09. The Cardinal was 4-2 after six games last year.

"It's going to be hard," Shaw said. "Guys already know they need to play better the rest of the year. We need help on the defensive line. We need more from other guys and we have to create the competition. Every team has a chance to win out and every team has a chance to lose out."

There's no time to waste for the Cardinal and the team has since moved on, turning its attention to No. 9 UCLA, which visits No. 13 Stanford this Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

"You have to let go of the loss," Stanford center Khalil Wilkes said. "You have to come back ready to play."

BOOKER FOR SENATE

David Shaw and Newark mayor Cory Booker were Stanford football teammates in the early 90s. They remain close friends, though it's been difficult trying to get a hold of the man who would be senator of New Jersey.

"He has a standing invitation to come by," Shaw said. "I have been talking to his campaign manager since I last spoke to him months ago. He's impossible to reach now."

That may change after Wednesday, when New Jersey holds its special election to replace the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who has 15 months remaining in his term.

Booker, a democrat, is up against Republican Tea Party candidate Steve Lonegan. The former All-American tight end is favored to win.

Booker, who delivered the commencement address at last year's Stanford graduation, spoke with the football team while on a fundraising trip. According to Shaw, he was give an impromptu standing ovation.

GOOD NEWS FOR ANDERSON

Stanford senior defensive end Henry Anderson will begin practicing this week on a limited basis. He hasn't played in over a month due to a knee injury.

"Henry is getting ramped up this week," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "He'll start running and if his knee doesn't swell up too much, we'll see how much we can push him over the next few weeks. Right now, he's on schedule."

Anderson recorded a pair of tackles, including a half-sack, through the first two games of the season. Fifth-year senior Josh Mauro replaced him in the lineup and currently ranks seventh on the team with 25 tackles, including three sacks.

David Gonzales/Stanford Athletics

Comments

Posted by Sunnyvale Fan, a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

Shaw out-coached himself by over-thinking the call on 3rd and 4th at the goal line to win it. He should have went with his bread and butter and ran it. It could have been a QB fake, hand-off to Gaffney or Sanders. Just run it! Now the faint hopes of making the title game are gone.


Posted by John, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I hope "Sunnyvale Fan" didn't learn his grammar at Stanford.


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