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March 12, 2013
Spring Ball Progress Report: Outside Linebacker
Chase Thomas and Alex Debniak are gone, but Stanford's outside linebackers are still expected to be a strength of the team in 2013. The return of Trent Murphy, a healthy Blake Lueders, an emerging Kevin Anderson, and a physically gifted former top recruit who might now be playing his natural position, James Vaughters, combine to create a potent quartet at the position.
"Alex Debniak and Chase have both been there the last three years at that position, the SAM linebacker, so it's a little different having those guys gone," Anderson said. "Miss both of them, they were great players, but I think James Vaughters and Blake Lueders are going to do a nice job stepping in. We've been real pleased with them this first half. I guess sometimes I've got to back up and realize that they have not played very many snaps at that position and there's a lot of little things they have to learn still, but overall they're doing a good job."
Vaughers and Lueders are currently in an equal rotation at the linebacker spot opposite starter Trent Murphy.
"Pretty much doing every day (we're) alternating those guys with the ones and the twos," Anderson said. "So one day Blake goes with the ones, the next day James goes with the ones. It's a real close, tight competition right now. They're both doing a lot of positive things. They both have little areas they can improve in and we hope that continues in the second half of spring ball."
Cardinal Sports Report asked Anderson to break down the players in his position group.
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