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Stanford without Hoffpauir this week against Oregon

 

Stanford football coach David Shaw said safety Zach Hoffpauir would be unavailable for Saturday's Pac-12 Conference showdown at Oregon due to injury.

Shaw hopes to get the junior back in time for the Cardinal's game against Utah at home on November 15. Stanford has a bye following its game against the Ducks.

"Zach has had an outstanding year as a safety and nickel," Shaw said. "Kyle (Olugbode) has also been playing well. Terrence Alexander will come in as the nickel and (Jordan) Richards will be our quarterback back there."

Inside linebacker Kevin Palma, who left Saturday's 38-14 victory over Oregon State with an injury, will probably play against the Ducks.

The verdict is still out on senior defensive tackle David Parry, who also left the Beavers game early. Parry has recorded two sacks, 3 1/2 tackles for a loss and five QB hurries on the season.

"He's doing well," Shaw said. "We just won't know, probably by Thursday, if he'll be ready. He's questionable right now."

Harrison Phillips and Nate Lohn are the leading candidates to replace Parry.

"It's a concern mainly because of the way David was playing," Shaw said.

Phillips, a freshman, got most of the playing time in Parry's place last week, recording six tackles to share the team lead with Richards. Lohn, a junior, also had a tackle.

"David is one of a kind," Cardinal senior linebacker A.J. Tarpley said. "He gets more penetration and can physically manhandle guys. He wants to play so badly."

Tarpley said Phillips is doing well and at full speed.

"We have a saying that the next man up is the best man up," he said.

Phillips made his collegiate debut in the loss to Arizona State.

NOTES: When asked how interested he is in the first BCS playoff rankings, Shaw shook his head. "Every time I close my eyes I see six Ducks jerseys. " Stanford junior center Graham Schuler said it would be different if he was 13. "I'd stay up all night and talk about it with my friends," he said. "All I'm worried about this week is Oregon." . . . LT Andrus Peat texted the offensive linemen with a message saying, in essence, they had to play their best this week. "That gave me goosebumps, " Schuler said. "I'm thrilled to see what will happen this week. " . . . Oregon leads the Pac-12 with a plus-11 turnover margin while the Cardinal ranks tied, with Washington State, for 11th with a minus-8. Stanford's 10 fumbles lost leads the conference and the Ducks are second with nine fumble recoveries . . . Stanford leads the conference in pass defense efficiency and Oregon leads in pass efficiently.

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