Shayne Skov has been a great inside linebacker for the Stanford defense, but has some major flaws in his game he must improve in 2013. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)
BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino
Shayne Skov has already started 33 games at linebacker in his career at Stanford, and is back for another season as a fifth-year senior.
Skov got on the field early in his career at Stanford, starting seven games in 2009 as a true freshman. He had his best season in 2010 when he collected 84 tackles, 10.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. His 2011 season was over in Week 3 due to a season-ending knee injury. He returned from injury in 2012 to start 13 games while compiling 81 tackles, 9 for loss and 2.5 sacks.
The 2012 version of Skov, however, was a disappointment. He really took a step back from what he displayed in 2010 as a healthy sophomore.
While his game had obvious flaws in 2010, there was reason to believe he could improve and potentially be a solid draft choice. After studying his 2012 season, there is a lot for Skov to prove in 2013 for me to consider him worthy of a draft selection.
Perhaps he was never fully healthy last season after coming back from the knee injury that cut his junior season short.. That said, he has an entire season in front of him to regain the optimism that surrounded him early in his career. Before I get into the flaws, let’s first examine what there is to like about Skov.