Six Stanford Offensive Players to Watch

#14 Tavita Pritchard - Quarterback (6-4/198) Senior

Tavita earned the starting job in fall camp after outperforming Alex Louckas and Michigan transfer Jason Forcier. When Pritchard was a sophomore, he played in five games and had held reserve quarterback, wide receiver, and special teams roles. Last year, his junior year, he became the backup. With three career passes and no career starts, Tavita was thrust into the starting role when Stanford traveled to take on the mighty USC Trojans. We all know what happened in that game, and Tavita went on to start seven consecutive games for the Cardinal. 

#5 Anthony Kimble - Running Back (6-1/210) Senior

Kimble is currently Stanford's best back-- however, he's missed eight games in the last three seasons to injury. He's been Stanford's leading rusher the past two seasons despite the setbacks. and looks to lead the team for the third year in a row. Although he's missed out on eight games, he's made 24 starts and has 1,291 career yards-- not the greatest numbers for a back who has played three years. Kimble missed out on playing against the Beavers last season, but he had 78 rushing yards and a touchdown versus Oregon State in '06. 

#9 Richard Sherman - Wide Receiver (6-3/191) Junior

Richard has big shoes to fill with the departures of Mark Bradford and Evan Moore. He leads the active roster in receiving yards (1,123), and had the 10th most yards in the Pac-10 last season. Along with Wopamo Osaisai, Richard is a top performer on the Staford track and field squad. He's a jumper, and his career best in the triple jump is 50'4". 

#48 Owen Marecic - Fullback (6-1/237) Sophomore

Owen only had five rushing attempts last season. Why do we need to watch him? He's the local former standout  from Portland's Jesuit High that everyone forgot about, of course! Owen is primarily used for blocking purposes, but, he occasionally will get a carry. Three of his five attempts and six of his seven yards last season came against the Beavers. 

#60 Alex Fletcher - Center (6-3/295) Senior

After starting all 12 games last year at Right Guard, Fletcher will move to his natural position, center, this season. He's started 12 games at center and 32 total, making him Stanford's most experienced offensive lineman. He's received many awards, but none more spectacular than the award he received for being the best offensive service team player a few years back. This year, he finds himself on teh Outland Trophy and Remington Award watch lists.

#63 Chris Marinelli - Offensive Tackle (6-7/302) Senior

If you didn't just realize it by reading the line above, this guy is huge. He's made 17 career starts and 14 in a row heading into 2008. He started all 12 games at right tackle last year, so he's seasoned and should be ready to go. Also last year, He received the Frank Rehm Award for being the top offensive lineman in "The Big Game". 

BONUS! Seventh Player to Watch For:

#81 Chris Owusu - Wide Receiver (6-2/192)

Owusu is a true freshman wide recevceiver and probably won't be on the field tonight, but look for him to give signals from the sideline-- to his namesake team across the field, that is!




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