April 8, 2011

Gridiron Notebook: Spring in the Air

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By The Daily Axe Staff
Kezar Stadium

Kezar Stadium hosts the annual apring game. (Image by crazbabe21 via Flickr)

Stanford football takes the field tomorrow in San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium for the annual spring game. Here are some notes regarding the game and other recent developments for Cardinal pigskin.

  • David Shaw has opted not to go with the draft format that Jim Harbaugh used for spring games. The first team defense will square off against the first team defense to begin the contest.
  • Since we wrote about it a few weeks ago, the spring game’s promotional video has accumulated nearly 11,000 views on YouTube, making the video the second-most-watched Stanford Athletics video produced in 2011. “I Got Bounce”, a music video from the women’s basketball team with a song written by senior point guard Melanie Murphy, is slightly more popular.
  • Quarterback Taysom Hill, who graduated high school in 2009 and committed to play for Stanford following a Mormon mission, has defected to BYU. Hill was a three-star recruit and the 30th-best signal-caller in the Class of 2009. He will join the Cougars in January 2012.
  • Sophomore Josh Nunes has emerged as the back-up quarterback, and perhaps the 2012 Week 1 starter, to Andrew Luck.
  • Tight end/h-back/fullback Ryan Hewitt has been dubbed “Mr. Versatility” by Shaw.
  • Kezar has been the home of the East-West Shrine Game, the Raiders, and the 49ers, and even appeared in the film Dirty Harry. Led Zeppelin, Tower of Power, The Grateful Dead, and Joan Baez have all played shows at the stadium.
  • Freshman Darren Daniel, who entered Stanford as a dual-threat quarterback and who memorably hit a half-court shot during halftime festivities at a men’s basketball game this winter, appears to have converted to wide receiver.
  • The game will begin at 2:00 PST and can be seen live on (available to those on the Stanford network and several other ISPs). Admission is free, as is the pre-game Fan Fest outside Kezar Stadium, for those in the Bay Area this weekend.

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