The backfield for the Stanford Cardinal is justifiably headlined by Bryce Love. But when the Heisman Trophy candidate needs reprieve, the Cardinal turn to junior tailback Cameron Scarlett.
Here’s 5 things you need to know about him:
1. He’s scored 3 touchdowns in a game twice this year
Stanford has no trouble relying on Scarlett to put the ball into the end zone. He has seven rushing touchdowns this seasons with three coming against Rice in the season opener and three more against UCLA in the home opener – both wins for Stanford.
His last touchdown came in the team’s win over Notre Dame.
2. He was the top-rated recruit from Oregon in his class
A 4-star recruit out of Portland, Oregon, Scarlett was rated as the best recruit from the state according to 247sports.
While he entertained offers from nearly every Pac-12 school and then some, Scarlett only visited Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington during his recruiting process.
3. His grandfather governed Idaho for a decade
Scarlett’s maternal grandfather, John V. Evans, was governor of Idaho from 1977-87. A Democrat, Evans he later lost an election bid for the U.S. Senate to Republican incumbent Steve Symms.
Evans also attended Stanford and was a soldier for the U.S. Army during World War II.
4. When Stanford needs somebody to leap over the top, they turn to Scarlett
5. He’s learned from Love and Christian McCaffrey
According to a profile from the San Francisco Chronicle, Love has taken valuable lessons to the two Heisman-caliber running backs that have sat atop the depth chart during his career with the Cardinal.
“Everybody at this level has a good amount of speed, a good amount of power, a good amount of elusiveness,” he said. “I think what separates most people is vision. I try to study where holes will be and how slow and patient I need to be to let those holes open.”
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