Posted by Tom Fornelli
Stanford got the news it was fearing since Saturday night when linebacker Shayne Skov had to leave the team's 37-10 win over Arizona during the second quarter.
Skov is going to miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. What exactly the injury is, the school did not mention it in its release.
This is a big blow for the Stanford defense. What Andrew Luck is to the Stanford offense, that is what Skov has been to the Stanford defense. Through the first three games of the year, Skov led the Cardinal defense with 19 tackles, and he didn't even play the last two and half quarters this weekend. Skov led Stanford in tackles last season, with 84 and also had 7.5 sacks.
Skov will likely be replaced by freshman James Vaughters, whom the coaching staff has high hopes for, but odds are David Shaw and company didn't want to have to rely on Vaughters this early in his college career.
The good news for Stanford and Vaughters is that the team is off this week before taking on UCLA on October 1st, so at least they'll have an extra week of practice to prepare for life without Skov.