The Stanford Daily’s Sports Twitter published a bracket and corresponding polls in search of the top Stanford athlete of the 2020-21 season.
No. 28 Stanford (15-5, 8-2 Pac-12) women’s tennis saw its season come to a close Sunday afternoon in Malibu, Calif., as it fell 4-2 to No. 5 Pepperdine (29-3, 8-0 WCC).
Women’s basketball played arguably its worst half of basketball this season against Louisville in the Elite Eight on Tuesday, but stormed back with a 52-25 second half to secure a 15-point victory. The Cardinal will face off against South Carolina in the Final Four on Friday, and a victory would set up either a Pac-12 showdown with Arizona or a battle between the two winningest coaches in Division I women’s basketball history in Geno Auriemma’s UConn Huskies. Do the Cardinal get past the Gamecocks, and if so, does it lift the trophy Sunday afternoon?
The final two former Cardinal remaining took aim at a Super Bowl LV appearance this weekend but ultimately did not advance to the championship.
The six former Cardinal who made it out of “Super Wild Card Weekend” all made contributions in the Divisional Round as their teams played for conference championship game appearances.
11 former Cardinal were on active rosters when the NFL regular season came to a close, but “Super Wild Card Weekend” trimmed the list to six.
The final week of the NFL season saw multiple former Cardinal earn opportunities to contribute.
The second-to-last week of the regular season featured multiple standout performances from former Cardinal with their teams’ playoff hopes on the line.
Sports Illustrated declared Stanford “Tight End U” earlier this year, and that reality was evident in Week 15.
After three straight wins on the road, Stanford is headed for the bounceback year many expected in 2020. Stanford will practice in Santa Barbara to prepare for Saturday’s game against UCLA. The Daily’s Jibriel Taha, Sofia Scekic and Ells Boone gathered for one last time to tie up loose ends.
It has been quite the journey for Colby Parkinson ’20 to notch his first NFL reception. On Sunday afternoon in Seattle, Parkinson recorded his first two NFL receptions, both from backup quarterback Geno Smith in the fourth quarter.
Safety Michael Thomas ’12 of the Houston Texans and defensive tackle Harrison Phillips ’18 of the Buffalo Bills are two of the 32 nominees for the NFL’s most prestigious award.
Stanford will travel to Oregon State with a chance to move above .500 for the first time since 2018. The Daily’s Sofia Scekic, Jacob Neidig, Ells Boone and Jibriel Taha huddle up to discuss signal callers, Stanford’s trajectory and their thoughts on “whatever it takes.”
Sunday marked the second straight day the Cardinal emerged victorious in Seattle, but this time it was on the professional side.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman ’10 made his long-awaited return to action this week. The five-time Pro Bowler turned in an impact performance on Sunday afternoon, recording seven tackles and an interception in his first appearance since Week 1 as the 49ers took down the division-leading Rams 23-20 in Los Angeles.
After tight end Blake Jarwin was lost for the year in Week 1, Dalton Schultz ’18 was thrust into the starting role for the Dallas Cowboys. While Schultz recorded his best game statistically in Week 2, he made his biggest play this week: he caught the game-winning touchdown in a Cowboys 31-28 road victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
After a stellar performance in his return from a high ankle sprain last week, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is set to spend more time on the sidelines, a major blow to the 3-7 Panthers’ playoff hopes.
As expected, Stanford lost its season opener to the defending Rose Bowl champs, 35-14. Less expected was Colorado hanging on for a 48-42 win over UCLA. Before Stanford meets Colorado on Saturday, The Daily’s Cybele Zhang, Jibriel Taha, Ells Boone and Jacob Neidig talk quarterbacks, a safety at quarterback and kicking.
It didn’t take long for Christian McCaffrey to remind the NFL (and fantasy owners) why he is the highest-paid running back in the league.