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Six Stanford Defenders to Watch

Note: If you didn't get a chance to read CV3000's "Twas the Night before Kickoff", you need to do that now.

#91 Pannel Egboh - Defensive End (6-6/270) (Senior)

Egboh has the potential to be one of the Pac-10's quickest and most dominant pass rushers, and he has NFL size. He's made 24 consecutive starts for the Cardinal since recovering from a broken leg suffered the second to last play of a game his freshman year. He enters the season with 109 career tackles, 49 of those coming last season. He's scheduled to go up against the right side of our offensive line (Remmers and Peat), which could spell disaster.

#54 Ekom Udofia - Nose Tackle (6-2, 305) (Senior)

Udofia won't start at nose tackle (Sione Fua will), but look for Ekom to do damage off the bench. He's started at nose tackle the last two seasons (while Fua was on a LDS mission), but missed he last five games of last season with an ankle injury. He also missed all of Spring practice. However, the time without the pads gave him time to work on his conditioning-- he lost 30 pounds and 3% body fat over the summer. He now says that he's "in the best shape of my life" and that the extra conditioning has been "paying dividends".



#20 Clinton Snyder - Linebacker (6-4/231) (Senior)

Snyder is the leader of the talented group of Linebackers. He has all around talent, but he is considered to be the best pass-rushing linebacker Stanford has. Last season he started 11 of 12 games and recorded 96 tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss. He had 83 tackles his sophomore year while starting 11 games. Clinton now finds himself nominated for many preseason awards, including the Bronko Nagurski trophy, as well as the Chuck Benderik and Butkus awards. 

#43 Chike Amajoyi - Linebacker (6-0/232) (Sophomore)

Amajoyi was recrited to Stanford to play running back, but that quickly changed. Chike made an immediate impact last year, first as a nickel back in special pass coverage packages, then as a linebacker in base packages. As an outside linebacker last year, Chike had 6 starts and 47 tackles. He racked up four sacks, 1.5 of those coming versus Oregon State on October 27. Amajoyi will be transitioning to play middle backer this year, flanked by Snyder and....

#44 Pat Maynor - Linebacker (6-2/220) (Senior)

Maynor is a fifth year senior who is Stanford's most experienced linebacker. He starting making contributions immediately his freshman year, playing in all eleven games off the bench. He made nine starts his sophomore year and recorded 44 tackles. Last year, he played all over the place last year, starting the season at weakside backer (three games) before moving to middle for one game, then back to weakside for three more (including the OSU game), and then four starts at strongside to finish the season. He has 135 tackles on his career, and he's the only player on the Stanford roster that had at least a share of a tackle for loss in every game last season.

#22 Bo McNally - Safety (6-0/208) (Senior)

McNally has played in every game the past two season after not seeing game action as a true freshman. He made one start his sophmore year against the Huskies and emerged from that game with TWO interceptions, the only picks so far in his career. One of those he returned 49 yards for a touchdown. Last year, McNally was an Honerable Mention All Pac-10 selection, as he started all 12 games and led the team in tackles with 114. He also was the second in the Pac-10 in average tackles per game with just less than 10.