Stanford Insider Preview: Running Backs

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Stanford has built its offense around a powerful rushing attack. Given massive personnel turnover here in 2014, can the Cardinal maintain success on the ground? Episode 4 of our preview series featuring R.J. Abeytia examines this in detail.

Follow @DavidMLombardi Our extensive preview of the 2014 Stanford running back position is embedded above, and it begins with a look back at how the Cardinal have recently found success on the ground. Stanford sputtered on the ground through parts of 2012, but the 2013 season saw a return to vintage Harbaugh-Shaw era rushing success. The rediscovery of a passing threat, of course, played an instrumental role in this resurgence, as did full cohesion of a veteran offensive line and a bruising 330-carry encore effort from fifth-year senior Tyler Gaffney. On November 7, Stanford shoved the ball down Oregon's throat 66 times. Kevin Hogan threw only 12 passes during that overpowering performance. It was a cruel display of physical domination; the brutality displayed that night exemplified what the Cardinal had grown to represent offensively in this golden age on the Farm. In terms of rushing prowess on a historic scale, only Toby Gerhart's 2009 demolition of Notre Dame and the team...