BURBANK- Although Stanford had their first season with under 10 wins since 2009 last year, the Cardinal ended the season on a three-game winning streak and head coach David Shaw said they can take that momentum into the 2015 season, especially quarterback Kevin Hogan.
"The way he (Hogan) ended the season last year was as well as any quarterback in the country," Shaw said. Hogan decided in mid-January to return for his fifth season.
Stanford lost multiple starters on defense including defensive end Henry Anderson who led the team with 15 tackles for a loss and safety Jordan Richards who tied linebacker Blake Martinez for the team lead with three interceptions. However, Shaw sees a lot of positivity in his group next year.
"Defensively, we don't have a lot of returning players, but the guys that are coming back are exciting," Shaw said.
The head coach is also thrilled that people are doubting his team.
"I like when people doubt us as oppose to when we get pats on the back," he said.
Kyle Murphy, who is moving from right tackle to left tackle, made his team's approach simple entering this season.
"The team has a goal of winning every game and a conference championship."
USC's first conference game is against Stanford on September 19th at the Coliseum.