Jan. 29, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football / Head Coach David Shaw announced today several staff changes to lead the Cardinal offense into the 2013 season.
Mike Bloomgren has been elevated to Andrew Luck Director of Offense / Offensive Coordinator, while continuing to coach the offensive line. Bloomgren has been Stanford's Run-Game Coordinator the past two years.
Four of Bloomgren's five starting offensive linemen earned All-Pac-12 honors this season: David Yankey first team, Kevin Danser and Sam Schwartzstein second team, and Cameron Fleming honorable mention. Yankey was the 2012 Morris Trophy winner for the Outstanding Lineman in the Pac-12 Conference, as voted by the league's defensive linemen - Stanford's first winner since 2002.
The Cardinal offensive line afforded 200-plus yards rushing in six games this season, paving the way for record-breaking senior Stepfan Taylor. Taylor produced the best season of his career (109.29 yards/game) behind the most inexperienced offensive line of his career. Stanford's 37 combined career offensive line starts coming into the season ranked 103rd in the FBS.
Bloomgren's work with the offensive line in 2011, which included three first-year starters, played a pivotal role in providing protection for quarterback Andrew Luck to complete over 70 percent of his passes and throwing a school-record 37 touchdowns, in addition to compiling the third-highest rushing total in school annals. Stanford's ground game keyed an offense that ranked seventh nationally in scoring average at 43.2 points/game and eighth in total offense at 489.3 yards/game.
"I'm very excited about elevating Mike Bloomgren," said Shaw. "He was the only choice. We didn't interview anybody else, and we didn't want to interview anyone else. Mike has done an outstanding job with our offensive line and run game, though he's more than an offensive line coach. He understands our offense and how diverse we need to be to attack defenses. We hope to continue the success we've had on offense, while also improving in many areas, and Mike is the right guy to lead us to our goals."
Also transitioning in his third season, former running backs coach Mike Sanford has taken over Stanford's quarterbacks and wide receivers, while continuing his duties as recruiting coordinator.
Sanford mentored Doak Walker Award semifinalist Stepfan Taylor the past two years, rushing for two of the top three seasons in school history: 1,530 yards in 2012, 1,330 yards in 2011. Taylor rewrote Stanford's career rushing record (4,300 yards), along with the school marks for career touchdowns (45), career 100-yard rushing games (21) and career rushing attempts (843).
Under Sanford's direction in 2011, the Cardinal's deep and versatile rushing attack ranked 18th nationally, averaging 210.6 yards per game. Stanford's final rushing total of 2,738 yards was the third highest single-season mark in school history. The Cardinal also set a single-game record for rushing yardage, when it rolled up 446 yards on the ground against No. 22 Washington.
"The last two years, Mike Sanford has done a great job with our running backs. Now I am able to move him back to his natural position in the passing game," said Shaw. "He played quarterback and assisted us while we coached the quarterbacks in 2007-08. He has worked with our quarterbacks and wide receivers in ballhandling and protections. Now he will do a great job working with me to continue developing our passing game."
Replacing Sanford as running backs coach is former Cardinal quarterback Tavita Pritchard, who the last two years served as a defensive assistant and worked closely with Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator Derek Mason.
Pritchard started 19 games at quarterback for Stanford during the 2007 and 2008 seasons that reignited the Cardinal program, including the seminal 24-23 victory at No. 2/1 USC as a 41-point underdog in his first career start.
"Tavita Pritchard is one of the brightest young coaches I have ever been around," said Shaw. "He has been phenomenal helping Derek Mason on defense. He was instrumental to the turnaround of our program when he was our starting quarterback and a team leader. I'm excited to have him back on our offense coaching the running backs."
The Cardinal is currently in the midst of winter training before returning to the field Feb. 25 for the start of 2013 spring practices. The Cardinal & White Spring Game will be held April 13.
The highly anticipated 2013 season kicks off Sept. 7 vs. San Jose State at Stanford Stadium. Deposits can be placed for new season ticket orders now at GoStanford.com, while season ticket renewals start Feb. 8.