Defeat led Cardinal to alter its offensive line
SAN DIEGO — Following the stinging USC defeat last week, Stanford shuffled its offensive line Saturday night for its game against San Diego State.
It gave freshman Walker Little his first start, at right tackle, and moved A.T. Hall back into the lineup at left tackle. David Bright moved from left tackle to left guard.
The Cardinal gave up just two sacks against the Trojans but four passes were deflected.
Hall started last season at right tackle, but moved to the right side and then back to left, where he started in the Sun Bowl. He had an undisclosed injury in training camp, missed
the opener against Rice and played a reserve role against USC.
Little, the first true freshman to start at tackle for Stanford since Kirk Chambers in 2000, is one of two five-star offensive tackles Stanford landed this year; Foster Sarell was the other. Little saw spot action against USC, and Sarell played on special teams.
Bright, a fifth-year senior, has played both guard and tackle throughout his career.
It took a while for the restructured line to jell. It gave up a sack on its second snap against San Diego State.
Sack patrol: Stanford entered the game with three sacks this year, but two of them were for zero yards. It added four in the first half. The Cardinal lead the nation with 284 sacks since 2011. Flag to benefit Stanford: UCLA will be without the services of defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa for the first half of next week’s game at Stanford Stadium. The redshirt freshman was flagged for targeting in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 48-45 loss to Memphis. Streaks: Stanford has a streak of eight bowl appearances, the top active streak in the Pac-12. San Diego State has a streak of seven bowl games. …Entering the game, Stanford had not turned the ball over in a schoolrecord six straight games and had not thrown an interception in seven games. Both streaks ended when cornerback Ron Smith picked off a Keller Chryst pass late in the first half. Rematch: San Diego State will lead off Stanford’s 2018 schedule Sept. 1 at Stanford Stadium.