Stanford spring football predictions: No. 1

We finish our list of five predictions for the second half of Stanford's spring practice.

No. 1: Staying the course/depth chart

Much of the commentary that has followed Stanford football over the past four years involves the program's incredible resurgence.

Before Jim Harbaugh and his staff arrived, there was a faction -- a small minority, but it was there -- that believed the school should drop down a level in football. It was a concept that angered David Shaw, and several other fans and alumni of the program, and is now less plausible than a Stanford national title.

Expectations are obviously very different now. With the second session of spring practice set to begin next week, Stanford is set to continue preparations for a run at a third-straight Pac-12 title.

Like any program replacing hoards of talent, there are questions that need to be answered, but nothing about the current state of the program indicates the Cardinal shouldn't be among the best in the conference. They have recruited well, they have a lot of good players returning and the coaching staff has proved its mettle.

If there's anything left to predict, it's that the status quo will remain just that.

And, of course, a potential post-spring depth chart:


QB: Kevin Hogan

RB: Remound Wright

FB: Lee Ward

WR: Ty Montgomery

WR: Devon Cajuste

TE: Eric Cotton

LT: Andrus Peat

LG: Joshua Garnett

C: Graham Shuler

RG: Johnny Caspers

RT: Kyle Murphy


DE: Henry Anderson

DT: David Parry

DE: Blake Lueders

OLB: James Vaughters

ILB: A.J. Tarpley

ILB: Blake Martinez

OLB: Kevin Anderson

CB: Alex Carter

CB: Wayne Lyons

S: Jordan Richards

S: Kodi Whitfield


No. 2: Running back competition will gain clarity

No. 3: Hogan takes the next step

No. 4: Backup quarterback competition begins

No. 5: Whitfield will emerge at safety