The countdown of five things we learned from the first half of Stanford spring practice concludes.
No. 1: Reloading.
Stanford loses a lot of talent off last year's Rose Bowl team -- both on the field and the coaching staff -- but halfway through spring practice it appears to be business as usual.
Per @CoachDavidShaw 's comment today; people every year doubt us after departures: Toby, Jim, luck, murph, mase... This team reloads, simple
— Shayne Skov (@ShayneSkov11) March 9, 2014
At this point, he's right. Or at least appears to be.
There are a number of holes the Cardinal need to fill before the season opener against UC Davis on Aug. 30, but none of them paint the program as one that will assuredly take a step back. For the fifth straight season, the team should be in the running for the conference title.
Skov may be gone, but A.J. Tarpley -- maybe the most underrated player in the conference -- is back for his fourth season as a starter.
Mason is now at Vanderbilt, but new defensive coordinator Lance Anderson was with the program before Mason arrived and, like his predecessor, will keep the framework installed by Vic Fangio.
Four offensive linemen need to be replaced, but the line still figures to be a strength of the team.
After beating Notre Dame to get to 10 wins for the fourth straight season, Shaw said it "puts this program amongst the elite."
Nothing this spring has indicated anything will change.
No. 2: Coaching staff settled
No. 5: The offensive line is set