STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford coach David Shaw walked over to reporters following Monday's first training camp practice for what has practically become an annual tradition: fielding questions about several key contributors to replace.
Shaw's team has provided emphatic answers in each of his first three seasons. He expects the same this fall.
Finding a way to reload - and not just replace - team leaders each year has helped carry the Cardinal to two consecutive Pac-12 championships and Rose Bowl berths.
Toby Gerhart, Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck are just a few of the notable names Stanford has seen move on to successful NFL careers in recent years. Running back Tyler Gaffney, linebackers Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov and four starters on the offensive line were among this summer's biggest departures.