Bryce Love weaves his way through traffic, Cameron Scarlett has learned to dive over it. Whoever carries the ball for Stanford, expect a productive result.
Until Love scored on three long running plays in Stanford's 34-24 victory over Arizona State on Saturday, Scarlett led the team with six touchdowns as the designated short-yardage rusher.
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Scarlett did not get into the end zone against the Sun Devils and still averages a touchdown every fifth carry. It takes Love an average of 12 carries for each touchdown.
Much in the same way Remound Wright finished drives that featured Christian McCaffrey two years ago, Scarlett has done the same with Love.
Stanford turns to Scarlett whenever there's a need to pick up a yard or two for a first down or touchdown. He's just as likely to soar over the line as to bull his way through.
"A lot of it is just feel," Scarlett said Tuesday. "Also scouting. It's a split-second decision."
He's usually successful. He's only lost three yards all season. He has a net of 177 on 30 carries. Wright turned out to be an effective mentor.
"He was someone I looked up to," Scarlett said. "He has a good feel for the short yardage position. The first time I tried to jump I got hit real hard as a freshman and it scared me. I don't like the idea of being in the air but it's all mental."
He also said the last couple of times it hasn't hurt as much.
Keller or K.J. . . . that is the question
Palo Alto grad Keller Chryst is ready to return to action this week but Cardinal coach David Shaw gave no indication who will take the first snap.
Chryst was forced to depart the UCLA game after getting hit pretty hard on a run. K.J. Costello took over and helped lead Stanford to a convincing victory.
Against ASU, Costello turned in an efficient performance, throwing for 173 yards on 15-of-24 passing. He neither threw an interception nor took a sack. He's 33-of-52 (58 percent) with 376 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Chryst is 39-of-75 (52 percent) with 509 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
"You will see both quarterbacks in some fashion. The guys who earn the right to play, will play. Keller has won a lot of games for us and he's going to play," Shaw said. At the same time K.J., with a small sample size, played well. He's a young guy just starting his career."
Kicker Jet Toner continues to enjoy a spectacular start to his career. Five games in and Toner is 24-of-24 on PATs and 9-of-9 on field goals.
Toner and punter Jake Bailey give Stanford an effective kicking game. Bailey averages 44.7 yards a punt and opponents average 3.7 yards per return.
When opponents do get a chance, they average 17.3 yards per kickoff return, hardly worth the effort. The Cardinal averages 24.1 yards a return. led by Scarlett's 26.3.