2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
10-3, 3rd in Pac 12 - North
Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports
6dMel Kiper Jr.

Way-too-early 2018 prospect rankings

Stanford''s Harrison Phillips ranks among the top 2018 NFL D-line prospects. He's joined by two teammates in our early position rankings.

Sydney more than ready for return of college football (1:26)
Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire
13dKyle Bonagura

Three offseason questions: Stanford Cardinal

With Christian McCaffrey gone, Stanford has some big shoes to fill on offense, in addition to facing issues at quarterback and on the offensive line.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Christian McCaffrey, who was drafted 8th overall by the Panthers, set an FBS record with 6,191 all-purpose yards during his sophomore and junior seasons at Stanford. He also tallied 33 total touchdowns during that two-year span.

Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports
24dKC Joyner

Can Stanford make the 2017 CFP? (Hint: No)

Stanford's outstanding D and special teams can't make up for the Cardinal's issues on offense. Trouble generating points should keep them out of any playoff discussion.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Stanford coach David Shaw has long been against an earlier signing period in college football and reaffirmed that stance with a strong statement Monday in a conference call with Pac-12 media. He said the new December date is palatable, but cautioned against an earlier date. Shaw noted that several coaches are for an earlier date so they don't have to recruit as long and believes kids who sign earlier, in August for example, would still be able to back out of a signed Letter of Intent. "It's not in their best interest to sign early, in my opinion," Shaw said. "It closes doors on them and we're supposed to be opening doors for these young people."

Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports
28dKyle Bonagura

Post-spring 2017 Pac-12 power rankings

Now that every school is finished with spring practice, here's an updated look at how the Pac-12 power rankings will look in 2017.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the 49ers total haul from the 2017 NFL draft: 1A. Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford; 1B. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama; 3A. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado; 3B. C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa; 4. Joe Williams, RB, Utah; 5A. George Kittle, TE, Iowa; 5B. Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech; 6A. D.J. Jones, DT, Mississippi; 6B. Pita Taumoepenu, DE, Utah; 7. Adrian Colbert, DB, Miami. The Niners also traded for Denver Broncos RB Kapri Bibbs.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers first-round pick Christian McCaffrey spends a lot of time in the film room. Just don't refer to him as a big reader. But there is one book he loves. Naturally, a classic. Huckleberry Finn.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers first-round pick Christian McCaffrey has done his homework. He knows that team owner Jerry Richardson made his fortune on his own and didn't have anything given to him.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers first-round pick Christian McCaffrey got a call from quarterback Cam Newton last night. He was pretty excited about that and what they can do together.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Picture a Panthers RPO scheme (run-pass option) with Christian McCaffrey aligned in the slot (W). That allows Carolina to pair QB Cam Newton on the zone-read with McCaffrey running the bubble screen. This plays out like a triple-option with the opportunity to get the ball to McCaffrey in space. Another way to utilize his versatility in the offensive game plan.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers GM John Lynch says that DE Solomon Thomas and LB Reuben Foster were two of the top three overall players on the team's board.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The Niners clearly walking away happy from the first night of the draft. Their haul when all is said and done: DL Solomon Thomas (No. 3 overall), LB Reuben Foster (No. 31 overall), a third-round pick (No. 67) and a third-round pick in 2018 from the Chicago Bears.

Todd McShay ESPN Senior Writer 

The 49ers have had an awesome first round. Not only did they pick two of the top-10 players on our board (Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster), but they also added additional third-round picks in the 2017 and 2018 drafts via trade. You wouldn't know this is GM John Lynch's first ever draft.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said "it doesn't happen very often'' that you find a back that can wow you running inside the tackles and catch like Christian McCaffrey can. "Man, he's got suction cups on the end of those wrists. . . . There aren't many cats that can do what he does.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

How badly did the Panthers want Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey? General manager Dave Gettleman said there was a lot of action about trading back from the No. 8 pick and "we said no."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

A lot of talk about position flexibility from Panthers coach Ron Rivera regarding Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey. A big reason he was selected.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Christian McCaffrey will start off as a punt returner in addition to duties as a running back and receiver.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

On playing against former Stanford teammate Christian McCaffrey and the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, new 49ers DE Solomon Thomas said: "That's my best friend, I love him to death. I can't wait to play him."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

What was Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey's immediate reaction to joining quarterback Cam Newton in the Panthers' backfield? "I smiled. I just knew he would make all of our jobs easier. I hope we can do some special things.''

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

New 49ers DE Solomon Thomas said he has admired Seattle's Michael Bennett and the Niners have relayed to him that he will likely step into a role similar to what Bennett plays for Seattle. That means it's safe to expect Thomas to work at left defensive end on early downs and kick inside to pass rush on passing downs.

Find Tickets