and Michigan State
have enjoyed an eventful few days in the
lead-up to the 100th Rose Bowl. The Cardinal won the Beef Bowl at
Lawry's The Prime Rib, a Beverly Hills institution, out-eating the
Spartans by 15 pounds on Saturday night. A year after Josh Garnett
was rumored to have had some trouble at practice the day after the
Beef Bowl (he ate seven slabs of prime rib in 2012), David Shaw
again put the onus of pressure on his freshman offensive lineman.
downed four slabs of prime rib to lead the way for
Remember, the winner of the Beef Bowl has gone on to win the Rose
Bowl about 70 percent of the time, though the Farm Boys lost the
event to Wisconsin
(619 pounds to 602 pounds) last year before going
on to defeat the Badgers in the football game.
Mason: Staying Put
Defensive coordinator Derek Mason
said that he intends
to stay at Stanford
, though he acknowledged he does have
greater ambitions down the road. He was contacted by Connecticut
in recent weeks, but declined an opportunity to interview for
"It's got to be the right job," he said.
Injury Report: Surgery for Nwafor; Williamson In
Nose tackle Ikenna Nwafor
, who has been out since injuring his
foot at Washington State
on September 28, was not progressing as
quickly as Stanford had hoped. He underwent corrective surgery on
that foot earlier this December. Shaw hopes that he can return to
action by the second session of 2014 spring practice.
Kicker Jordan Williamson
, meanwhile, has had some time to recover
and is expected to handle kick-off duties at the Rose Bowl. Conrad Ukropina
has taken his place over the past several weeks, but
Williamson will work kick-offs in practice Sunday. Barring any
setbacks, he'll be the man booting it deep for the Cardinal on
Lloyd to Safety
Quarterback Dallas Lloyd
has been working out at free safety
during this bowl practice stretch for Stanford. He told me he was
excited about his offensive involvement in the quarterback "Lloyd
package" this year, but approached Shaw with his idea to also
contribute on the other side of the ball.
"Part of my nature is making plays," he said. "The competitive drive
that's inside of me wasn't happy with just two or three plays a
The meeting with Shaw went smoothly, as Lloyd said the coaching
staff had already considered the switch before he approached them
"I trust coach Shaw like he is my father," he said. " I told him
The Bootleg predicts that David Yankey
and Ed Reynolds
declare for the NFL Draft after this season and that A.J. Tarpley
Ty Montgomery, Jordan Williamson, and Ben Rhyne
will stick around
for one more season at Stanford. Right tackle Cam Fleming remains an
intriguing question, though he did shed some light on his upcoming
decision on Sunday.
"It's looking like there might be one more year," he told me.
Fleming's decision will come after he has a chance to consult with
his parents following the Rose Bowl. The full radio interview with
him is embedded below.
Stanford's hotel is in Century City now, but -- just like last
year -- the team will shift hotels to enter their gameday routine on
the eve of the January 1 Rose Bowl. It's all part of the final
focusing stretch before the big game.
David Lombardi is the Stanford
Insider for The Bootleg. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com
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Our extensive coverage of the 100th Rose Bowl continues with a look at Stanford's victory in the Beef Bowl, news on Ikenna Nwafor's injury, and a thorough examination of the state of the team just days away from kickoff in Pasadena.
There's important stuff to hear from the Beef Bowl, Derek Mason, Cam Fleming, and more