The Stanford Cardinal are looking to keep to keep their recent success over the last three years going even after the departure of their All-American signal caller Andrew Luck. Things will get a little easier on the defensive side of the ball as senior linebacker Shayne Skov has been reinstated to the team with a one-game suspension after his run-in with the law in February.
Skov brought his own personal style to the defensive side of the ball, sporting his signature mohawk and liberal display of eye black to lead the Cardinal defense. In 2010, Skov led the team in tackles with 84 and 7.5 sacks and looked to be on his way towards an NFL prospect. However, three games into the 2011 season, Skov tore a ligament in his knee which caused him to miss the remainder of the year and putting his professional aspirations on hold.
Then in February, Skov was arrested after getting pulled over outside of his dorm around 2 a.m. after his car was reported to swerve several times. He was booked and tried, and the traditionally prestigious university that prides itself on holding its student-athletes to a higher standard took a hard stance on the linebacker’s transgression. Stanford coach David Shaw said that the team would announce the team’s punishment after taking time to consider the case.
On Friday, the team announced their decision, saying that Skov would be serving a one-game suspension before being allowed to re-join the team. That means he won’t be able to participate in the season opener against San Jose State on August 31. After that, though, Skov will be able to return to his leadership role on the Cardinal defense. Shaw has said that Skov has been rehabbing well and is near 100% recovered.
Stanford will be happy to get their top linebacker back for 2012 as they try and continue their run toward the top of the Pac 12. They certainly missed him last season in their two big losses, a 53-30 loss to Oregon, where LaMichael James ran wild over the depleted Stanford defense, which cost Stanford a shot at the Pac 12 Championship, and a 41-38 overtime loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Will Skov be the key to Stanford maintaining their success in the Pac 12? With the slap on the wrist that he’s received for this infraction, it certainly looks like David Shaw and the Stanford Cardinal are expecting him to be.
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