Ricky Seale (Kris Robinson photo)
Stanford’s powerhouse backfield suddenly looks a little less loaded.
Fifth-year senior Jeremy Stewart is graduating and junior Tyler Gaffney (453 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns in 2011) is busy playing the outfield this spring for Stanford's top-ranked baseball team.
Worse, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, sophomore Anthony Wilkerson (288 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 2011) will miss the entire spring due to an unspecified leg injury.
While 4-star stud recruit Barry J. Sanders will join the team this fall, for now there are just two tailbacks participating in spring ball—starter Stepfan Taylor and redshirt freshman Ricky Seale—who have toted the pigskin in games that count.
Taylor you know about—he had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 and 2011, scored 10 touchdowns in 2011 and then gashed Oklahoma State for 177 yards and two TDs in the Fiesta Bowl. Taylor should be one of the nation’s top RBs in 2012.
As for Seale, he saw action in every game last season, including the Fiesta Bowl, but had only six carries. As a 4-star recruit in high school in Escondido, Calif., Seale was rated the 28th best RB nationally by Scout.
Seale was rated even higher as a CB (23rd nationally by Rivals) and it is not inconceivable he could end up playing in the Cardinal defensive secondary, which loses three starters to graduation.
In which case, the spring will be important for a pair of 5'9" freshman 4-star RBs, Remound Wright from Indiana and Kelsey Young from California. Both were highly touted recruits and both were redshirted last fall.