Ed Reynolds' spectacular 2012 campaign featured six interceptions and 301 pick return yards, just one shy of an NCAA record (a mark robbed by poor officiating in the Pac-12 title game). The free safety's play was a massive part of the Stanford secondary's transformation into an elite unit, while meteoric improvement from Jordan Richards at strong safety and Alex Carter's emergence at cornerback provided two other pillars for the success that is illustrated in the table below.
Though the Stanford defense did lead the nation in sacks and tackles for loss, 2012 interception numbers were still 10 shy of the national lead despite more than doubling their 2011 total (Oregon led the nation with 25 picks). Further improvement in the takeaway category will certainly be a primary 2013 goal as Reynolds, Richards, and Carter all return to their starting spots. Wayne Lyons and Barry Browning look to take hold of the other island, while depth players such as Zach Hoffpauir, Devon Carrington, and even Ra'Chard Pippens have also shown the potential to make serious contributions. Here's our extensive preview of the Cardinal's 2013 secondary.
Charting Stanford's Secondary Through the Years (with Effect on QB Pressure)
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