The Stanford Cardinal hit the field on Saturday for their annual spring scrimmage as they begin to seek yet another Pac-12 Championship in 2014. Rushing the ball effectively and commanding the tempo of the game is a great part of what has made these Stanford teams so successful recently, and on Saturday, Barry Sanders Jr. stepped up in that department.
With projected starter Remound Wright out of the game while serving a suspension, Sanders showed he more than has what it takes to step in and take the rock as he finished the scrimmage with 68 yards on 12 carries while also catching two passes for a total of 19 yards.
Just like his famous father, though, Sanders hesitates to have the spotlight thrust on himself, even when he performs well.
“We’re all rooting for each other,” Sanders said of the competition. “Of course it’s competitive, but we know if we’re all successful, then we’re going to have a successful team. Every time a different guy gets in there, we root for them and hope the offensive produces.”
Wright is expected to step right back into the starting role once his suspension is lifted, but head coach David Shaw was able to find out on Saturday that he has some nice depth at running back once again this season.