Stanford pulled out an impressive 17-7 victory over Northwestern in their season opener. But the win came with a cost.
Head coach David Shaw announced today their All-American left tackle will be out a while with a left knee injury.
Walker Little, Stanford’s left tackle, suffered an injury on the Cardinal’s final offensive possession of the game on Saturday. It is still unclear the specifics of the injury, but it will keep Little out for a while.
Currently, Little is expected to be unavailable until “mid-season.” Unfortunately for the Cardinal, he’ll miss Stanford’s toughest stretch of their schedule.
KJ Costello "questionable" for the USC game. Should make a decision by Thursday or Friday.
Shaw believes officials on the field and in the booth missed the targeting call. Should have resulted in an ejection.
Walker Little "out". Hope he is back by "midseason".
— Stanford Rivals (@StanfordRivals) September 3, 2019
Over the next five games, Stanford faces three ranked teams. First, they travel to USC this Saturday. They’ll then go on the road again, all the way across the country, to face UCF.
That sets up for major showdown with Oregon — which could end up playing a big factor in who wins the Pac-12 North. Stanford goes on the road the following week to face Oregon State.
Walker Little being sidelined for at least six weeks or so is a big blow. He was by far #Stanford's best OL and made big strides since the ND game last year. If KJ Costello can't play vs #USC, Davis Mills is a very, very talented QB just not as experienced.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 3, 2019
On Oct. 2, Washington will head to Stanford for another crucial Pac-12 north division game. Without their best offensive lineman, the Cardinal will have a difficult time managing their tough schedule.
Shaw also announces quarterback KJ Costello is questionable heading into the USC game. If Costello is unavailable, Davis Mills is expected to start in his place.