Stanford football: Can Tanner McKee play well for the Cardinal?

Stanford’s Tanner McKee throws a pass against California in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. Cardinal coach David Shaw expects big things from his signal caller this season.

Jed Jacobsohn, Associated Press

Editor’s note: Fourth in a series of articles examining each of the Pac-12 football teams heading into the 2022 season.

Last year, Stanford suffered its worst season since 2006 with a 3-9 record. 

Despite that, coach David Shaw, who’s entering his 12th season at the helm, did not make any changes to his staff. 

The highlight of the season came when the Cardinal upset No. 3 Oregon in overtime in early October. But Stanford suffered a meltdown at the end of the season, including a 52-7 home loss against Utah.

Shaw is the program’s all-time winningest coach, so he is given the benefit of the doubt. 

“I appreciate being in a place where doing the right thing is important, not just doing things to appease people,” Shaw told The Athletic. “For me personally, I think I’ve earned a little leeway to make the decisions for myself and for the program that I’m in charge of. … I like the place that we’re in now.”

One of the reasons for optimism on The Farm is the return of quarterback Tanner McKee, who took over as the starter early in the season.

He finished the season having completed 206 of 315 passes for 2,327 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. 


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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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