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Andrew Luck, Jonathan Martin, David DeCastro and Coby Fleener will all be picked in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. Needless to say, Stanford needs to replace a lot of talent on offense if they want to be competitive next season.
Brett Nottingham looks poised to be the starting quarterback. He is a heady athlete with a strong arm and quick release.
He will benefit from a strong running game led by Stepfan Taylor who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards and at least 10 touchdowns the last two seasons.
Do not forget Barry Sanders Jr. who committed to Stanford this spring. Even as a true freshman, Sanders Jr. has the same smooth wiggle moves that made his father famous.
Both running backs have good hands and can help their young quarterback by turning dump off passes into long gains.
Stanford will rely on its defense more than ever in 2012. They have an experienced front seven that can make up for an emerging secondary.
The biggest game of the season will be November 11 when they travel to Eugene, Oregon to play the Ducks. At this point in the season the defense should be in top gear, and the new offensive starters will be comfortable with their new responsibilities.
Despite losing four offensive players to the first round of the NFL draft, Stanford will be ready to make a run at the Pac-12 title in 2012.