From 1891 to 2011, Stanford football had four double-digit win seasons. Yet, David Shaw wasn’t exactly thrilled with his team’s 10-win campaign last season.
“We won 10 games last year, and it felt like a disappointment to some degree,” the Stanford head coach said Thursday at Pac-12 Media Days.
My oh my, have times changed.
In the six seasons since David Shaw took over as the head man at Stanford following Jim Harbaugh’s jump to the NFL in 2011, the Cardinal have won at least 10 games five times.
One of his players, defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, took a more optimistic stance on last season’s record.
“I understand from [Shaw’s] aspect because of the culture he’s built here how it could be a disappointment,” Phillips said Thursday at Pac-12 Media Days. “But we learned so much in that final stretch of six wins that we can be a dominant force.”