October 25, 2013

Ask the Expert: Stanford Cardinal

As the Oregon State Beavers continue to prepare for their PAC 12 match-up against Stanford, we caught up with Andy Drukarev from CardinalSportsReport.com who gives us insight on the Cardinal.

Q: From the outside, Stanford looks to be sound in every facet of the game. In your opinion, what is Stanford's biggest weakness that the Beavers will look to exploit?

A: Stanford doesn't have any glaring weaknesses, but the Cardinal isn't elite in every facet of the game either. For starters, Stanford has some depth issues along the defensive line. The early-season injury to starter Henry Anderson left Stanford with only three down linemen the coaching staff trusted to play extended minutes, though the recent infusion of former starting tight end Luke Kaumatule and outside linebacker Blake Lueders into the group have helped ease some of those concerns. Nonetheless, with several of the starters dealing with nagging injuries, that will be something to watch as the game progresses, particularly if Oregon State puts together multiple extended offensive possessions.

Also, since very few teams attempt the deep ball as frequently and successfully as the Beavers do, Stanford's secondary will be tested in a way they haven't been all that frequently this season. Because of Stanford's pass rush and solid secondary, opponents haven't taken many deep shots against the Cardinal. It's hard to know how Stanford's secondary will respond to the Mannion to Cooks deep connection.

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