“Furthermore, it’s almost impossible for Stanford to not improve. They only lost one starter, Johnny Caspers, a good offensive lineman but not good enough to play on Sundays. With their depth, Stanford will find a solid replacement for Caspers, and the offensive line will do a better job protecting their quarterback and running back.
Still don’t expect the offensive line to be as good as they were in 2015; they simply don’t have the star power. Expect an improvement though, and eventually with so many young players, expect Stanford to dominate the line again in the future.”
“After redshirting his freshman year, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside quickly became an unexpected threat for the Cardinal. Perhaps defined by his game-winning touchdown against UCLA, Arcega-Whiteside’s first season saw him haul in a team best five touchdowns. At 6’3”, Arcega-Whiteside’s lofty stature is not dissimilar from the likes of Devon Cajuste, Austin Hooper, and Zach Ertz. Arcega-Whiteside turned some heads last year, but it is worth noting that Trenton Irwin had an arguably equally impressive 2016 campaign. While one of these two may be the nominal “primary receiver,” it seems likely that the two will not considerably separate themselves in terms of balls thrown their way. Nothing is certain at the wide receiver position for Stanford heading into 2017, but J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Trenton Irwin will likely remain the primary threats in the passing game.”