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Freshmen Full of Surprises

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The only thing more surprising than the 10 true freshmen Jim Harbaugh wants to play this fall for Stanford is the identities of those who are leading the way in recent practices with the most playing time. Inside we present the frosh probable for burned redshirts, plus the stories of three who have been receiving heavy first-team snaps of late - far surpassing their two-star recruiting rankings.

When we spoke with head coach Jim Harbaugh in July for our "2007 Football Preview" issue of The Bootleg Magazine, he said that he hoped 11 true freshmen would be able and ready to see the field this fall.  That is an off-the-charts number of which Stanford fans can hardly conceive.  Not since the 1993 and 1994 seasons when Bill Walsh had back-to-back recruiting classes ranked top-five in the...

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